The annual turtle breeding season has begun on Queensland’s Heron Island with the first Loggerhead and Green turtles arriving to nest on Great Barrier Reef coral cay.

Guests visiting the resort from now until the end of March will have the opportunity to witness female turtles arriving on shore to nest and baby turtles scurrying to the open ocean shortly after hatching.

John Johansen, Heron Island General Manager, said: "The turtle nesting season is the ultimate time for families to visit Heron Island. There are very few places in the world where guests can gather on the beach and watch baby turtles scurrying to the sea after hatching."

Green and Loggerhead turtles arrive on the island to nest after dark. Hatchlings can be viewed around sunset and guests can catch a glimpse of all the action on a casual walk around the island's beaches.

Female turtles lay their eggs at the same location where they were born and lay on average 120 eggs in one clutch. Hatchlings emerge from their nests approximately eight weeks after nesting and the sex of a turtle is determined by the temperature of the sand in which they are incubated. Warmer temperatures produce females and cooler temperatures produce males.

A true coral cay right on the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is renowned for its spectacular dive sites and boasts some of the most amazing and unique natural wonders all year round.

Guests visiting the island can also snorkel on coral reefs teeming with fish and marine life, take tours to learn about nesting Wedge-tailed Shearwater birds and Black Noddies; and see humpback whales breeching off shore during their annual migration.

About Heron Island:
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
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