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Wilson Island Honeymoon Guide

Unwind in the natural splendour of tiny Wilson Island, a natural coral cay covering just 5.24 acres fringed by a gorgeous white-sand beach and surrounded by pristine coral gardens.

Wilson Island is one of eight vegetated coral cays in the Capricornia Cays National Park, located around 80km (50mi) northeast off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland, and 15km (9.3mi) from nearby Heron Island.

Wilson Island is an important breeding ground for turtles and birds. It is part of the Capricornia Cays Important Bird Area as well as part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.


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What to do and see on Wilson Island

Relaxing in a hammock, lounge on the beach, explore the island and snorkel among the abundant marine life that call Wilson Island home.

Follow nature trails through the scenic pisonia forest to spot black noddies, wedge-tailed shearwaters and silver eyes.

Watch green and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs between November and March and baby hatchlings emerge from their nests from January to May.

Look out for migrating humpback whales from June to September.

Go kayaking and swimming and enjoy exceptional snorkelling in clear water just metres from the gorgeous white-sand beach.


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Where to stay on Wilson Island

Wilson Island offers an adult-only private hideaway on the Great Barrier Reef.

Accommodation is in private, designer-inspired tents. The island boasts nine permanent tents and offers seclusion in a setting of unrivalled natural beauty – playing host to just 18 guests at any one time. Guests can relax and rejuvenate in the privacy and seclusion of their own stretch of beachfront.

With no phones or television, the soundtrack for your getaway is the lapping of ocean waves, the rustle of the leaves in the breeze and the melody of neighbouring birds.

All the usual amenities are provided, including bath and beach towels, guest toiletries and umbrellas. Daily housekeeping service is also provided.

Note: Only persons 16 years of age and older are accepted. Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to be served or consume alcohol.


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Getting to Wilson Island

Wilson Island is located around 80km (50mi) northeast off the coast of Gladstone and 15km (9.3mi) from nearby Heron Island – a 40-minute boat ride. Gladstone is 534km north of Brisbane and 1,183km south of Cairns.

Access to Wilson Island is via nearby Heron Island – a 40-minute boat ride from Heron Island.

The most convenient route to Wilson Island is by air to Gladstone Airport (GLT), located about 6km (3.7mi) southwest of Gladstone, followed by 30-minute scenic flight in either a helicopter or seaplane from Gladstone Airport to Heron Island, and then transfer by boat to Wilson Island.

Alternatively, a courtesy coach departs from Gladstone Airport to Gladstone Marina to connect with the Heron Island launch service. The boat trip between Gladstone and Heron Island takes approximately two hours.

Regular flights to Gladstone are available via Brisbane with either Qantas or Virgin Australia taking 1 hour 10 minutes.

More information on How to get to Brisbane


Note: Wilson Island is closed by Queensland National Parks from 28 January to 31 March for the bird breeding season. Children aged 12 years and under are not catered for on Wilson Island.


Latest update: Wilson Island, Queensland: 4 November, 2019


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