'Turtley' wild

Don’t miss your chance to catch a glimpse of turtle hatching season on Heron Island.

It’s time to ‘shellebrate,’ with the start of the Green and Loggerhead Turtle hatching season on Heron Island.

Located on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a protected habitat and national marine park known for the turtles that nest on the island sands each October to December.

The hatching season will continue until May, when the hatchlings will emerge from the sandy beaches and make their way to the reef, beyond the water’s edge.

Fun Fact: Many of the turtles nesting were hatched in the same spot on Heron Island 30 years prior.

Heron Island General Manager Tony Barradale said it was wonderous to see the lifecycle of the turtles and their hatchlings each year.

“The baby’s journey to the sea imprints the environment on them, so they know to return to these sands as mature adults,” he said.

“It’s very important that they’re permitted to make their own journey to the water without assistance or hindrance.”

If you want to see the turtle hatchlings, book an educational tour with guides on Heron Island and accommodation following the tour. The island and its tours are exclusively for overnight guests (no day-trippers).

A variety of accommodation 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 www.heronisland.com.

Travellers can reach the island via an educational two-hour ferry ride to reach the Great Barrier Reef location (does not operate Tuesday or Thursday) or daily seaplane and helicopter services out of Gladstone.

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