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Heron Island Resort   

  This is a lovely, low-key resort, with no daytrippers and a focus very much on the outdoors. The colors of the islands surrounding water and Reef are reflected in the interiors, and everything is light-filled and breezy. Herons central complex is equal parts grand Queenslander home and sophisticated beach house, with bar and lounge areas open to ocean views and sunsets. Duplex-style Turtle rooms are designed for couples or families, or you can go for greater luxury in the Wistari suites or the private Beach House (the only rooms with air-conditioning).

The property has a lounge with TVs and public phones (only the four Point suites and the Beach House have private phones). There is no mobile phone coverage, and the only Internet access is through two computers in the bar (which also has Wi-Fi access) for A$3 for 15 minutes. The Aqua Soul Spa offers double treatment rooms and all the usual spa treatments and pampering.

Heron Island, off Gladstone, QLD 4680. www.heronisland.com.   tel. 1300/863 248 in Australia or 03/9426 7550 (reservations office), or 07/4972 9055 (resort). 109 units. A$419 Turtle Room double or A$439 for families; A$529 Reef Room double or A$549 families; A$669 Beachside Suite double; A$869 Point Suite or Wistari Suite; A$909 Beach House double. Free crib. Rates include breakfast and some activities. No children allowed in Point and Wistari suites or Beach House. Amenities: Restaurant; bar; childrens program (ages 712) during Australian school vacations; Jacuzzi; outdoor pool; spa; 2 lit tennis courts; limited watersports equipment rental.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.