Indulge your children’s dreams of becoming a modern-day Robinson Crusoe with the Heron Island Junior Rangers program.

Whilst Mum and Dad enjoy an afternoon’s snorkelling, diving or relaxing at the Heron Island Aqua Soul Spa, the kids can get to know the island’s wilder and more natural side with the Junior Rangers Program.

As a true coral cay located right on the Great Barrier Reef, and with the protection of being located within a Marine National Park, Heron Island offers young visitors a unique range of interesting and educational experiences, designed to stimulate their interest in and understanding of the natural environment.

The Junior Rangers Program, tailored for children aged 7 to 12 and operated during Australian eastern seaboard school holidays, has been developed by Heron Island's experienced team of Marine Biologists and Naturalist Guides, with the cooperation of the University of Queensland, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The Junior Rangers Program offers a range of nature based activities designed to nurture a sense of exploration and caring for the environment, from reef walks, bird-watching and beachcombing through to designing their own eco friendly resort, all of which enable children to progress through a series of badges.

A range of other resort and family activities can also be organised including fishing, snorkelling, semi-submersible trips or just walking around the tiny island – two kilometres in circumference! Even travelling to and from the island on the boat or helicopter can earn badges.

A one-off registration fee applies for each Junior Ranger participant with fees generating funds for the Queensland Turtle Conservation Program. Registration costs cover the provision of a Junior Rangers Workbook, Junior Ranger Hat, embroidered badges, and Junior Ranger activities throughout the duration of a family stay.

Editor’s note:
Heron Island is a true coral cay, located right on the Great Barrier Reef, 72km north east of Gladstone. A natural island, it is renowned for its birdlife, crystal clear waters and acres of brilliant coral with colourful marine life.

Heron Island is owned and operated by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners of iconic Australian resorts including Wilson Island, El Questro Wilderness Park, Lizard Island and Kings Canyon Resort.

Globally, Delaware North’s tourism portfolio includes iconic properties in North America, such as Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex; Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone; and Gideon Putnam Resort.


Louise Longman
Longman Communications
+61 488 215 983
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