Heron Is­land: Na­ture’s Won­der­land

Docile Lemon Sharks, stingrays and gui­tarfish cruise by. Black Nod­dies chat­ter over­head and tur­tles nest here, one of the best tur­tle-watch­ing places in the world.

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When you land at Heron, you will be amazed. This is ab­so­lutely what the Great Bar­rier Reef is about. While you go about your day, the per­ma­nent res­i­dents do too, and all about you is alive. There is no bet­ter way to en­joy it than with a self-pro­claimed sea-tur­tle fa­natic and all-round nice guy. Our guide Tim used to man­age the re­search sta­tion. Whether alone or with kids, the ex­pe­ri­ence you can have, what you learn, the pas­sion you can share with some­one so con­nected, will make all the dif­fer­ence to your trip.

High­lights:

Pri­vate, guid­ing with Tim Har­vey, Sea Tur­tle Foun­da­tion (STF) founder Sup­port the work of the Sea Tur­tle Foun­da­tion Watch tur­tles nest­ing at night (Nov-Mar) or tur­tle young hatch­ing (Jan-Jun) Snorkel and swim in some of Jacque Cousteau’s favourite haunts

Itin­er­ary:

Day 1 Ar­riv­ing in Glad­stone you’ll be met by bus and taken to the ferry ter­mi­nal for your trip to Heron Is­land. Here you’ll be met by Sea Tur­tle Foun­da­tion Di­rec­tor Tim Har­vey. As you pull up at the wharf on Heron, you’ll be im­me­di­ately struck by how small the is­land is and the bounty of life in the wa­ter around the boat.

Day 2-3 Your pri­vate guide Tim Har­vey, will show you around the is­land, shar­ing his knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm for its wildlife (he lived here for sev­eral years). You’ll be in­tro­duced to the wildlife and peo­ple for whom this unique haven for seabirds and tur­tles is their home. You’ll get the chance to snorkel on a reef that even Jacque Cousteau has de­scribed as one of his favourite places in the world. Tim will take you at night to watch tur­tles nest­ing and un­der his guid­ance, you’ll be able to get up close and watch without risk of dis­tur­bance.

Day 4 A fi­nal morn­ing on the is­land is chance to do some more snorkelling, be­fore the mid­day ferry re­turns you to Glad­stone.

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