Getting away from it all on the Great Barrier Reef

April 27, 2015

in Australia

Heron Island Hamming it up at low tide on the reef rock.


One of my favorite places in the world is Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. I’m lucky that I’ve been there several times and am happy to say that I just got back from another visit.

There aren’t so many places in the world where can unplug completely. Heron is one of them. There are no TVs in the rooms, no cell phone reception. Although you can purchase wifi time, it never works. Instead, you just relax, spend time on the beach, snorkel, swim.

It was just what I needed. Maybe you’ve noticed that it’s been a quiet month on the blog. I was ill just before we left for Australia, down with a high fever that left me exhausted for the long flight to the other side of the world. I spent the first week trying to recover while we were busy visiting Robert’s family and some friends, then working and finally in the last week, really relaxing with time on the island.

Heron is only about 800 metres (2,600 feet) long and 300 metres (980 feet) at its widest.  You can walk around it  in about 20 minutes. But it never feels small. There were many mornings where I walked completely around the island without seeing anyone. And only once did I run into someone else while walking through the forest. Perfect, huh?


Heron Island Relaxing by the pool with a view of the Coral Sea.

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