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Stay on the Great Barrier Reef

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One of only four Great Barrier Reef Islands visitors can stay on, Heron Island is an experience not to be missed for those with a keen interest in this wonder of the world. If you think of the documentaries you may have seen regarding the Reef, the chances are, it was filmed close to Heron Island.

Stay in comfortable, recently refurbished accommodation and enjoy an in-depth reef experience. Snorkel from the shore, or head five minutes out to dive sites – the choice is yours. At low tide, take a guided walk over the reef (you actually walk around the reef, so as not to damage it), and learn about its inhabitants. See reef sharks and sting rays, and at the right time of year, see loggerhead and green turtles.

The turtles mating season is from October to December, and hatching is between January and March. During this time, you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to see these majestic creatures in their natural environment. On Heron Island is a scientific research station – guests can visit and learn more of the ways in which turtles are studied and protected.

Close to Heron Island is tiny Wilson Island – with a capacity for just twelve guests, staying in tented accommodation and without electricity this is a real chance to ‘get away from it all’ for a romantic or relaxed break. Spend a couple of nights on the island after a stay on Heron Island, and enjoy the intimate setting. The island is closed during the turtle mating and hatching season in order to protect this significant nesting location for both green and loggerhead turtles.

For more information on these islands, and how they can be incorporated into a wider bespoke tailor made holiday to Australia, please email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk or call us on 01323 446550 and we can work together to make your Australian dream a reality.


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