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Why you need to visit Wilson Island this weekend

There’s a new island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef you need to meet.

Along with the expected – pellucid waters, fringing coral reefs and subtropical rainforest – this beauty brings so much more than meets the eye.

Don’t believe us? Here are the six reasons why you absolutely need to visit Wilson Island.

1. YOUR ARRIVAL LOOKS LIKE THIS

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If you still don’t want to drop everything and visit Wilson Island based on that photo alone, then let’s check that pulse of yours.

Getting here is as much part of the experience as the destination, with access via a 40-minute boat ride from Heron Island.  Choose to venture to Heron by boat from the Gladstone Marina (two-hour transfer departs 9:30am and returns 3:15pm daily) or chopper over the reef in a helicopter from Gladstone Airport (approximately 30 minutes).

Not familiar with Gladstone? Find out more here.

2. THIS IS WHERE YOU’LL STAY

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Staying on Wilson Island is exclusive. We mean limited to under 30 people exclusive.

The island is home to just nine eco-tents, which means the chances of feeling claustrophobic here are next to none.

Eco also isn’t just a marketing slogan here; it’s real life. From the use of battery and solar power to shared bathroom facilities in the central amenities building, you can rest assured your footprint is low.

3. YOU CAN SNORKEL THE SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF

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Strapping on your snorkel and exploring the underwater mecca that is the Southern Great Barrier Reef is literally a hop, skip and jump away.

The fringing reef around Wilson means you can snorkel straight off the beach and spot marine life, big and small.

4. YOU SHARE THE ISLAND WITH THE LOCALS

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You know a place is special when even the locals want to hang around.

When you stay on Wilson, the locals have four fins and spend their days swimming the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

5. YOUR DAILY COMMUTE IS VIA A KAYAK

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Make no mistake – this is no Castaway situation. Everything from the kayaks to the snorkelling equipment are provided.

6. WATCH THE BEST SUNSET OF YOUR LIFE

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Enjoying happy hour is just another day on Wilson.

Every evening begins with sunset drinks and canapes on the beach and ends with a dinner party at the Longhouse restaurant.