Heron Island, a small coral cay was named by Joseph Bette Jukes
in 1843, after the herons that inhabited the island as part of the
rich bird life, where it is also home to flocks of terns and mutton
birds. In 1932 Captain Christian Poulson was granted a lease over
the island and from then until 1977, the Poulson family ran a resort
on the cay.
In 1943 the island was declared a National Park and in
1950 a marine research station was established on the island. The
island forms part of the Great Barrier Reef National Park.
at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, the island is
approximately 16.8 hectare coral cay and 1.8 km around, with reefs
that can be explored at low tide. Heron Island is the place for
serious diving and coral snorkelling, with perfect white-sand coral
cay and surrounded by fantastic lagoons. With the Heron Island
Resort, it offers eco-tourism that has an emphasis on educating the