Thursday 14 July 2016

Heron Island one of the world’s major breeding grounds for Green and Loggerhead Turtles

From October to April each year, the iconic Heron Island becomes the breeding home to thousands of Green and Loggerhead turtles and their hatchlings. These giants of the sea return to the island some 30 years after they hatched here to lay their own clutch of eggs. This circle of life is one of the great natural phenomena of the world.

Heron Island has a resident population of around 4,000 turtles which is a major attraction – however – it is when these resident turtles are joined by the migratory turtles returning to lay their eggs – that the true wonder of these giant sea turtles can be witnessed.

To find a turtle, simply walk along Heron Beach one or two hours after the evening’s high tide. Look for the tracks in the sand where the turtle has come in from the sea and as the hatchlings emerge you will see them scurrying towards the ocean keen to avoid the many perils that will meet them along the way.

“Heron Island is truly an amazing place to be part of the annual laying and hatching of the Green and Loggerhead turtles. Watching these giants of the sea lug themselves up the beach and settle in to lay up to 120 eggs per clutch is one of the most amazing and breathtaking things to see”, says Sandy McFeeters, General Manager of Heron Island Resort.

As a coral cay – Heron Island is literally a part of the Great Barrier Reef – so between turtles watching, step off the beach and snorkel to discover the underworld wonderland that exists.

If you are ready to be a part of one of nature's greatest journeys, take advantage of the special offer on the Turtle Season Holiday package.

Heron Island Turtle Packages commences from $330 per night (twin share) Children 12 years and under stay free when using existing bedding

Key Inclusions:

· Accommodation
· Breakfast daily
· 2 snorkel trips
· Special turtle gift

Offer Valid 12 September 2016 – 31 March 2017 – subject to availability. Terms and conditions and blackout dates apply.

For more information or book your Heron Island escape, visit or 1300 731 561.

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