Special guests on Heron Island

Heron Island is very much open for business and ready to welcome guests back looking for a natural, Queensland island holiday. The island is located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, 72 kilometres off the coast of Gladstone, and was fortunate enough to receive no damage from Tropical Cyclone Yasi.

In recent weeks Heron Island has in fact been welcoming back guests of the more natural kind – hundreds of green turtles who have been coming ashore to nest on the coral cay.

From November through to March every year, a breeding population of turtles comes ashore on Heron Island to nest approximately three to seven times during a season. The turtles lay their eggs at the same spot where they were born, laying on average 120 eggs in one clutch.

From now through to Easter, Heron Island offers the opportunity for guests to see one of life’s natural wonders close up as thousands of baby turtles emerge from their sandy nests to make the annual scurry to the safety of the sea.

Green turtles are the most common turtles that come to Heron and they are characterized by a high domed shell and a smaller jaw than loggerhead turtles.

Heron Island is also home to one of Australia’s most important reef Research Stations. Administered by the University of Queensland, it provides accommodation, boats, diving gear, laboratories and a seawater aquarium system for researchers and student groups.

Guests at Heron Island Resort are actively encouraged to learn more about the Research Station and its work to get a better understanding of the delicate underwater world that surrounds them.