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Friday 11 January 2019

Getting up close and personal with baby turtles

Heron Island, off the coast of Queensland, is one of the best places on earth to observe Baby Green and Loggerhead Turtle hatching season. 

From January until May, and undeterred by human presence, the hatchlings emerge from their sandy nests between 25 to 50 metres from shore and make their way to the reef, just beyond the water’s edge.

Positioned on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a protected habitat and national marine park for the turtles that return each year from October to December to nest on the island sands, upon which they themselves hatched up to 30 years earlier.

Heron Island General Manager Tony Barradale says: “During turtle-hatching season the babies' journey to the sea is an imprint on the environment to them so they know to return to these sands as mature adults, it’s therefore very important that they’re permitted to make their own journey to the water without assistance or hindrance.”

Located on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is 72km off the coast from Gladstone. 

Naturalist guides on Heron Island lead educational tours for observing the hatchlings each evening, the best time to view the turtles hatching. The optimal time to view turtles is two hours each side of the high tide.

Bed and breakfast turtle-hatching packages to Heron Island start from $347 per night, based on double occupancy, including daily buffet breakfast, a turtle gift, turtle talk and snorkelling trip for two. 

A variety of accommodations options are available including tropical garden and reef view rooms, beachside suites and a beach house. For bookings and enquiries call 1800 875 434 or visit

1 comment:

  1. I think this place be really amazing. I would like to go there