08.25.2010
Whilst autumn may bring cooler days, for divers the cooler months provide the best conditions for spotting some of Australia’s most exciting marine life.

Heron Island is known the world over for its excellent Great Barrier dive sites and fantastic coral gardens and pinnacles. So good is the diving that Jacques Cousteau – the world’s most famous undersea explorer of our time - listed The Heron Bommie as one of his top ten favourite dive sites.

A natural coral cay, located directly on the reef, there are more than 20 different dive sites to explore, more than half of which are just 15 minutes from the beach. 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 cooler months make for clearer visibility, with divers being rewarded with 20 to 25 metres of crystal clear visibility, allowing divers and snorkelers to spot a huge array of fish and corals. The waters of the reef 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.

On Heron Island divers can head out as many as three times a day at 9am, 11am and 3pm. The deepest dive (18m) is first up for the morning and is followed by a 16m and a 14m dive. Every dive is accompanied by a qualified dive guide and is watched over by a lookout and skipper fully
certified in dive first aid. Aside from the night dives, dives are easily within the ability and comfort zone of even the most novice diver.

World Class Diving on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Minimal time (5-15 minutes) to Reef dive sites
  • All dive sites located within a Marine National Park
  • Shallow Reef dives available
  • Long bottom times can be arranged
  • Buoyed dive sites
  • Stable platform style boats with shaded canopies
  • Divemasters present on all dives
  • Giant stride entries - exit via wide ladders
  • No carrying of tanks or weights at any time
  • Highest quality dive equipment
  • Up to three dives per day
  • Night dives

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Editors Note:
Heron Island is a true coral cay, located right on the Great Barrier Reef, 72km north east of Gladstone. A natural island, it is renowned for its birdlife, crystal clear waters and acres of brilliant coral with colourful marine life.

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.

Globally, Delaware North’s tourism portfolio includes iconic properties in North America, such as Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex; Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone; and Gideon Putnam Resort.

Contact(s)

MEDIA CONTACT:
Louise Longman
Longman Communications
+61 488 215 983
louise@longmancomms.com.au
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