Wilson Island

Wilson Island

Have you ever wanted a tropical island paradise to call your own?
Wilson Island is a tiny coral cay 72km off the coast of Queensland. It takes just 20 minutes to walk around its divine circle of castor sugar sands and rich heart of casuarinas.

This is a natural haven, both part of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by it: it’s a nesting site for some 40,000 birds, a place where Green and Loggerhead turtles come up at night to lay eggs, and of course host to a sparkling variety of marine life. Some of the best snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef is just off the beach.

Guests on this special island must tread lightly – which is why the six luxury tents host only 12 people at any one time.
Those who are drawn to the Wilson Island experience surrender to its pristine nature, its seclusion and freedom from modern-day living. But they don’t compromise their comfort, enjoying the attentions of their personal hosts who cater for them with gourmet meals and fine wines at the open-sided Longhouse.
Very much a case of being shipwrecked in style.

A small collection of luxury tents and a long candle-lit table is the only sign of human habitation… Twenty steps and you’re among superb coral gardens, spinning with fish. – Sunday Times (UK)

Location: Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system comprising nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands – it is also the planet’s biggest single structure, formed by billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. It stretches for over 2,600km, covering approximately 350,000 square kilometres.
A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use.


At the core of the Wilson Island experience is a true communion with nature – to live and enjoy life as a beachcomber. Days can be filled with snorkelling, exploring the island, star-gazing, and (in season) watching sea turtles and birds nesting. Simply lazing in a hammock and enjoying the breathtaking views is also popular…

Suitable/best for

Small Groups
Solo Traveller

Dining: Dining Options

Packages include all meals and non-alcoholic beverages. Dining on Wilson Island is one of the highlights of any stay; menus have a distinctive Australian feel, with a commitment to freshness, simplicity and variety.
Breakfast is a tropical buffet, with hot breakfasts cooked to order. Lunch is a delicious smorgasbord in the Wilson Island Longhouse or, for a really special experience, try a picnic on the beach.
Each evening begins with guests enjoying sunset drinks and canapés. Returning to The Longhouse you’ll find the table set for a dinner party-style gathering of friends, with light music playing, candles lit, and the island hosts making final preparations for the evening’s dinner.

Rooms & Accommodation - General Information

Luxury Tent
Offering designer-inspired tented accommodation, six permanent tent sites combine simplicity of design with comfort. Interiors feature natural materials and a modern beachcombing theme.
Each tent has its own designated private shower and dressing area in the Washhouse. Solar power allows for hot showers and other creature comforts to be enjoyed in the central amenities building. Toilets and vanities are also located in this building.

Getting there

Nearest major City/Town
Town – Gladstone

Air Access
Scheduled flight or jet to Gladstone. Helicopter transfers from Gladstone to Heron Island are additional and not included. Wilson Island is accessed by complimentary boat transfer from nearby Heron Island.


The best time to travel in the region is from April to November. The property is closed from late January to the beginning of March each year.

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