Mickey deLorm and Donny Griffiths visit Heron Island for the first time since 1961, when they worked together.
Mickey deLorm and Donny Griffiths visit Heron Island for the first time since 1961, when they worked together. Tegan Annett

Women head back to Heron to see 50 years of changes

WHEN Mickey deLorm and Donny Griffiths were last at Heron Island, all the cabins were the same, the staff shared the bar with the customers and guests were met at the jetty by women in bikinis.

The pair worked at Heron Island in the 1960s.

"It was primitive. You would walk off the beach into your cabin," Mickey said.

"We would have plenty of Yanks (Americans) here for holidays, and they would say, 'This beats Florida'."

Mickey and Donny are just as close today as they were back then and were last month excited to return to Heron Island and see how it had changed.

Mickey's husband booked their five-day trip.

On their first night they had drinks at Bailleys Bar and danced to the live music.

Guests were met by ladies in bikinis and hula skirts upon arrival at Heron Island in the ’60s.
Guests were met by ladies in bikinis and hula skirts upon arrival at Heron Island in the ’60s.

"Back when we worked here, it was the staff that would be the entertainers," Mickey laughed.

"I would play the bongos," Donny said.

During their five-day visit, the duo took part in a research walk, went swimming in the harbour, had a massage and went on the lookout for hatching turtles at night.

"The only thing we regret is that all we had was a boxed Brownie camera, nothing like what we had today, so we don't have many photos," Mickey said.

But with camera in hand, these young-hearted ladies captured every moment of their island reunion.



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