There are 4 ways to get from Airlie Beach to Heron Island by bus, ferry, train or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus, ferry  •  12 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Mount Larcom
  2. Take the ferry from Gladstone Marina to Heron Island

$118 - $143

3 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  12 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Proserpine to Gladstone Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the ferry from Gladstone Marina to Heron Island

$120 - $152

Train to Australia By Seaplane, Gladstone Airport, fly to Heron Island  •  11 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Proserpine to Gladstone
  2. Take the plane from Australia By Seaplane, Gladstone Airport to Heron Island

$334 - $369

Bus to Australia By Seaplane, Gladstone Airport, fly to Heron Island  •  13 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Gladstone
  2. Take the plane from Australia By Seaplane, Gladstone Airport to Heron Island

$303 - $339

Questions & Answers

The distance between Airlie Beach and Heron Island is 483 km.

The best way to get from Airlie Beach to Heron Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 12 h 26 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 12 h 26 min to get from Airlie Beach to Heron Island, including transfers.

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There are one+ hotels available in Heron Island. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Airlie Beach to Heron Island.
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  • Distance: 301.7 miles
  • Duration: 12 h 26 min

What companies run services between Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia and Heron Island, QLD, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Airlie Beach to Heron Island. However, you can take the bus to Mount Larcom, take the walk to Mount Larcom, take the train to Gladstone, take the taxi to Gladstone Marina, then take the ferry to Heron Island. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Airlie Beach to Heron Island via Mill St at Proserpine, Proserpine, Gladstone, and Gladstone Marina in around 12 h 57 min.

Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Proserpine to Gladstone
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Mount Larcom
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Gladstone
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$45 - $70
Flexifare
$60 - $85
Ferry operators
ferry
Ferry from Gladstone Marina to Heron Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
heronisland.com
Other operators
Australia By Seaplane
Phone
+61 419 669 575
Email
info@australiabyseaplane.com.au
Website
australiabyseaplane.com.au
Plane from Australia By Seaplane, Gladstone Airport to Heron Island
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$250
Schedules at
australiabyseaplane.com.au

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