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Turtle Hatching on Heron Island

Queensland

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Tour summary

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Heron Island is a National Marine Park situated in the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. This area is a significant nesting location for two threatened sea turtle species, the Green Turtle and the Loggerhead Turtle. Our tour to Heron Island is in the height of baby Green and Loggerhead Turtle hatching season. During hatching season, turtle hatchlings will erupt from their nests between 25 to 50 metres from shore and make their way to the reef, just beyond the water’s edge. Heron Island is a true coral cay and is ribboned by white sands, crystal clear waters and acres of coral with beautifully coloured marine life. The emphasis is on enjoying natural beauty. Stress is replaced by adventure, and your days are filled with discovery

Departure location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
6
days
Physical rating:
2 - Moderate
Departure dates:

2 March 2025

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Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
Tour experiences:

16 Meals 3 Eco Experiences 3 Cultural & Heritage experiences

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Turtle Hatching on Heron Island

Tour pricing

Twin share
Gold
Gold
$
2880
pp
Sole Use
Gold
Gold
$
3620
pp
Deposit:
$500pp
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD.

Additional information

2024 Rates

$2,880pp Twin Share

$3,620 Sole Use

2025 Rates

$3,100pp Twin Share

$3,895 Sole Use

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

2 additional days (TOTAL 8 DAY TOUR)

• Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane

• 2 additional nights room only (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Meriton Suites Brisbane

• Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Roma Street Station

Plus $999pp Twin Share

Plus $1230 Sole Use

**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

Deposit of $500pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Tour subject to fuel levy price increases for all transport operators. See T&Cs for details.

Tour inclusions

  • Travel Carbon Neutral on our 100% offset luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach
  • Fully escorted by experienced Fun Over 50 Holidays tour host and coach captain
  • Gympie Duck Ponds; Childers
  • 1 night Gladstone
  • 2 nights Heron Island Resort to witness the wonderous lifecycle of the turtles and their hatchlings
  • Join Naturalist guides on educational tours for observing the turtles and hatchlings
  • Join Marine Biologists on eco excursions to learn about the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem
  • Take in the flora and fauna on a private guided island tour
  • Visit the research station and hear from the University of Queensland discussing investigations & experiments in and around Heron Island
  • 2 nights Town of 1770
  • Full day LARC eco tour to Bustard Bay Lighthouse and Middle Island
  • Historic Childers; Gympie
  • 16 meals

Fun Over 50 Holidays Green Bank donation made to Research Station on Heron Island for coral reef studies and education.

Additional information

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels
Eco experience
Eco experience
Walking component
Walking component
Cruise
Cruise
Rail
Rail
Ferry
Ferry
Off-road
Off-road
Heritage
Heritage
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Local guide
Local guide
Swimming
Swimming

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Gladstone

Local guide
Local guide
Rail
Rail

Board our luxury ‘Gold’ Class’ coach, and travel responsibly knowing all coach emissions are 100% offset. Sit back and relax as we make our way to the Southern Great Barrier Reef region. We break for a cuppa and leg stretch at the Gympie Duck Ponds before continuing on to Childers. Enjoy lunch before making our way to our overnight accommodation in Gladstone.

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Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
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Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

2

Heron Island

Eco experience
Eco experience
Walking component
Walking component
Swimming
Swimming
Local guide
Local guide
Ferry
Ferry

Days 2 & 3

Embark from Gladstone Marina on the Heron Island fast cat to this nature lover’s paradise in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. We join the awe-inspiring turtle season encounter, led by marine biologist guides. Each night, Heron Island welcomes up to 150 turtles and their hatchlings, Immerse yourself further in the island’s wonders through a guided walk, where you’ll delve into the history, flora, and fauna of Heron Island. Explore the captivating Pisonia Forest near Shark Bay, and return along North Beach to the resort. Discover the formation of Heron Island, a thriving vegetated coral cay shaped by environmental factors. Visit the University research station where we discuss investigations and experiments in and around Heron Island before joining a knowledgeable naturalist eco guide, at low tide who will enlighten you about the formation of the reef and introduce you to the extraordinary creatures that inhabit the Heron Island reef. During your stay, you can snorkel at your leisure, walking straight off the coral sands into the azure waters where an underworld ecosystem comes to life with an abundance of fish, rays, sharks and turtles feed and play daily. Join your Tour Host and fellow guests for sundowners overlooking an amazing sunset.

**Fast cat transfers take 2 hours and are in open waters. Those who suffer motion sickness are advised to take the necessary precautions. Optionally, at additional expense you may like to organise return helicopter transfers from Gladstone.

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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

4

1770

Eco experience
Eco experience
Ferry
Ferry

We enjoy a leisurely morning on beautiful Heron Island, before an early afternoon departure on the fast cat. Back on the mainland, we take a short journey to the Town of Seventeen Seventy (1770). Surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay, 1770 is a picturesque village rich in wildlife and scenery.

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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

5

Agnes Waters

Boat
Boat
Off-road
Off-road
Eco experience
Eco experience
Walking component
Walking component
Heritage
Heritage

This morning we take the ideal getaway on the Pink Amphibious LARC and enjoy the highlights of Agnes Water by land and sea. Our adventure takes us across tidal creeks, sandy beaches and 4WD drive trails, as you explore the Town of 1770 and Bustard Bay. We cross four tidal creeks and take a 4WD tour up the steep climb to the historic Bustard Head Light Station to take in the magnificent views and tour the lighthouse itself. Enjoy lunch on Middle Island, then get your adrenaline pumping as you try sandboarding (optional) down the dunes of Middle Island.

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Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

6

Brisbane Coach Terminal

Heritage
Heritage

Homeward bound this morning, we break at historic Childers for a cuppa and time to visit the Palace Backpackers Memorial. After lunch in Gympie, we make our way back to Brisbane.

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Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

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Frequently asked questions

How to get from Brisbane to Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef?

We take our passengers to Heron Island on our ‘Diamond’ or ‘Gold’ Class’ coaches which both produce 100% offset emissions. Passengers can enjoy a peaceful ride as we make our way up through Gympie and Childers before getting off a Gladstone. From Gladstone, we then take the ferry over to Heron Island. 

When does turtle nesting season happen on Heron Island?

Turtle nesting season on Heron Island typically occurs between November and March each year. These magnificent marine reptiles return to the island's shores to lay their eggs during this time. During Heron Island's turtle nesting season, visitors can witness the magical sight of mother turtles nesting and the baby turtles hatching and making their way to the sea.

When do baby turtles hatch on Heron Island?

Baby turtles typically hatch on Heron Island during early January. As darkness falls, these tiny, determined creatures break free from their sandy nests and embark on their incredible journey towards the sparkling ocean waters, guided by the moonlight. 

Where is Marine National Park located?

The Marine National Park is located in the heart of Heron Island, nestled within the Great Barrier Reef of Queensland, Australia. This ecologically significant marine park is renowned for its stunning coral reefs, diverse marine life, and the preservation of this unique ecosystem, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts.

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Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.

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