The annual turtle nesting season is set to begin on Queensland’s Heron and Wilson Islands, with an abundance of green and loggerhead turtles coming ashore to nest on these two Great Barrier Reef coral cays. To celebrate this, Heron Island has created a Turtle Season Escape package, perfect for families looking for some aquatic adventure.
Stay for three nights on Heron Island in a Turtle Room for just AU$597 per person, including all meals, snorkel hire, boat transfers from Gladstone and AU$50 resort credit per day. Plus kids under the age of 12 stay and eat for free. This Turtle Season Escape offer is available for sale until 31 December 2013 and valid for travel until 31 March 2014.
Turtles migrate to Heron and Wilson Islands from as far afield as the Solomon Islands, Cape York and Harvey Bay and with careful guidelines for viewing, guests can observe this wonder of nature on a casual walk on the beach or on guided walks.
From November through to March every year, a breeding population of turtles comes ashore approximately three to seven times during a season. The turtles lay their eggs at the same location where they were born, laying on average 120 eggs in one clutch, and in some instances returning after an absence of 35-40 years since their birth.
Around the Easter period each year, the eggs begin to hatch as thousands of baby turtles emerge to make the annual scurry to the safety of the sea.