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Wilson Island

Located north of the Tropic of Capricorn, Wilson Island is one of eight vegetation-bearing coral cays in the Capricornia Cays National Park. Located just 15km from nearby Heron Island, Wilson Island is approximately 72km from Gladstone, on Queensland’s north coast. Part of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Wilson Island is an idyllic paradise home to soft white sand beaches, pristine waters and lush forest and sustains an incredibly important ecosystem.

Fringed by white coral beaches and swathed in pisonia forest, Wilson Island is an important bird and turtle rookery with magnificent beach and reef environments. Featuring rare breeding grounds, the island is also home to an unimaginable range of marine life and offers some of the Great Barrier Reef’s best snorkelling right off the beach. Explore the spectacular natural environment on a day trip from Heron Island and discover the colourful coral and tropical fish on a snorkelling safari. Roam around the island in search of wildlife or simply sit back and relax on the beach and enjoy the breathtaking views.

For nature lovers, the best time to visit is any time of year! Wildlife is at its best and busiest year round, however what you see will depend on when you visit. See rare Capricorn Silvereyes, a small bird most commonly found at the southern Great Barrier Reef. From November to March you can spy wedge-tailed shearwaters and this is also laying season for the green turtles, who bury their eggs in the sand. Although Wilson Island is closed during February for bird nesting season, it’s worth returning from January to April to see the baby green turtles hatching and making their journey to the sea. For those who prefer to visit later in the year, June to September is the perfect time to spot humpback whales on the move to and from their winter feeding grounds.

There are a number of ways of getting to Wilson Island including flights to Gladstone via QantasLink before a 30 minute helicopter flight to Wilson Island. Alternatively, once arriving in Gladstone, you can take the courtesy coach from Gladstone Airport to the marina where you can connect with a launch service that departs at 11am and returns at 3.45pm with each launch trip taking 2 hours each way. There is also a transfer service from Heron Island which offers easy access to Wilson Island on a 45 minute boat ride.

Island Holiday Resorts

Whitsunday IslandsWhitsunday Islands - Also located on the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays Islands are a group of 72 islands situated off the coast of Queensland. Not just a day trip, these islands allow you the amazing opportunity to stay and play for a relaxing holiday in the tropics. Surrounded by incredible natural attractions, the Whitsunday Islands offer outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving as well as pristine beaches. Some of the most popular Whitsunday Islands including Hamilton Island, Daydream Island and Hayman Island. There are a number of nearby must-see attractions including the iconic heart-shaped reef, spectacular Whitehaven Beach and Ngaro Sea Trail offering a fascinating insight into the traditional owners of the land.

 

Great Barrier Reef Diving

 

Colourful Fish on the Reef