Travel to One Tree Island Research Station


Access to the One Tree Island Research Station is from Gladstone, QLD, usually via Heron Island.

Travel between Gladstone and Heron Island

Transport to One Tree Island is via the "Heron Islander" catamaran service to Heron Island, then via our station boat to One Tree Island.

The Heron Islander catamaran runs from Heron Island to the Gladstone ferry terminal five days a week; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


  • Check in at Gladstone Marina no later than 1:15pm.
  • The catamaran departs Gladstone at 2pm and the trip to Heron Island takes approximately 2 ½hours.

Please inform the OTIRS Managers if you require transport from the airport to the Gladstone marina, or need recommendation on where to overnight in Gladstone.


  • The catamaran departs Heron Island at 10:00 am, arriving at Gladstone around 12:30 pm.

Luggage capacity on the boat is limited but generally one piece of personal luggage and one other gear bag (e.g. dive bag) is acceptable. No general goods are to be carried on this vessel including food. If you require special consideration for additional luggage, please inform the OTIRS Managers. Excess baggage will be charged. Allow extra time for check in if you have extra luggage.

The ferry schedule changes throughout the year so please check with the Station Managers when booking your trip. For further information visit

Travel between Heron Island and One Tree Island

OTIRS staff will arrange for your food and baggage to be transported onto their vessel just prior to departure to One Tree Island. The trip between Heron Island and One Tree Island takes approximately one hour. The station managers make a regular trip to Heron Island for supplies on a weekly basis, usually on a Friday, and it is more cost effective for researchers to time their arrival and departure to coincide with this regular scheduled run.

PLEASE NOTE: Entry into the One Tree Reef lagoon is tide restricted and crossings are only possible at certain times. Please see the information page for more information. Depending on the tides, you may be required to overnight at Heron Island Research Station. The OTIRS managers will arrange this if required. You will be required to self-cater at Heron Island Research Station.