04.10.2012

Situated directly on the Great Barrier Reef less than 100kms off the coast of Gladstone on Australia’s eastern seaboard, Heron Island is a natural coral cay. It is considered to be one of Australia’s top dive destinations. Jacques Cousteau even listed the Heron Bommie as one of his top 10 favourite dive sites in the world.
 
Combining a range of diving opportunities with workshops and lectures, the Heron Island Dive Festival, being held for the second year in 2012, is sure to appeal to avid divers from all over the world who recognise Heron Island’s status as a “must dive” location. Visitors will enjoy two dives a day, along with the option of night dives - ensuring they really get to know the myriad dive sites with their fantastic coral gardens and bommies, and extensive marine life on this southern part of the Great Barrier Reef.
 
Additionally there will be a series of inspirational lectures and workshops to provide guests with more information about their environment.
 
For diving novices, Discover Scuba dive classes will take place every morning at the Heron Island swimming pool and in the harbour, essentially for people who are not PADI certified divers but would like to take the first steps. There will also be a series of afternoon wine tastings, cooking master classes plus a range of taster treatments at the Heron Island Aqua Soul Spa.
 
Visit the website at http://www.heronisland.com/Dive-Festival.aspx for further information.
 
The Heron Island Dive Festival is priced from $1256 per person, which includes four nights’ accommodation, two dives daily (per diver booked), all meals, return launch transfers from Gladstone and tanks and weights.
 
The Great Barrier Reef Swim is also in its second year in 2012. The event, put together by organiser, Oceanswims, involves a competitive swim for a distance of 3km around Heron Island. It is open for all levels from novice to elite with the emphasis being on fun and the opportunity to experience the Island’s amazing marine life.
 
The event will include a swim clinic with Graeme Brewer, a highly respected ocean swimmer and one of Australia’s leading high performance swim coaches. Brewer previously competed for Australia in the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Participants also can take part in an 800m short swim to the wreck of the HMCS Protector, which lies at the entrance to the channel at Heron Island. The ship. now home to an amazing array of Reef marine life, was towed to Heron Island in 1945 to form a dive and snorkelling site. Guests also will be treated to a welcome cocktail party and a seafood BBQ at the final
awards presentation.
 
Heron Island is offering special Oceanswims packages starting from just $767 per person twin share, which includes four nights’ accommodation, all meals, return boat transfers from Gladstone, swim entry fee, and cocktail party. For further information - http://www.heronisland.com/oceanswims12.aspx

About Heron Island
A natural island, Heron Island is renowned for its birdlife, clear waters and acres of brilliant coral with colourful marine life with more than 20 different dive sites to explore. The waters are teeming with reef fish, turtles, mantas, reef sharks and endless varieties of invertebrates. Diving at Heron Island is relatively shallow, with an average depth of around 15 to 35 metres, and snorkellers can enjoy the shallow reefs that come up to within two or three metres of the surface in places. The waters of the reef off Heron Island are home to around 60% of the 1,500 species of fish and around 72% of the coral species found in the Great Barrier Reef.
 
For reservations contact 1300 233 432 or email travel@dncinc.com.
 
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Heron Island is owned and operated by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners of iconic Australian resorts including Wilson Island, El Questro Wilderness Park, Lizard Island and Kings Canyon Resort.
 

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