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Family Activities

As one of the few coral cays on the Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island offers a truly special family holiday destination. Complimentary activities details can be found here, and include:

  • Guided bird walks
  • Guided island walks
  • Guided reef walks (tide dependent)
  • Turtle watching
  • Nature presentations

The family can also snorkel directly off the beach in the waters around the island. For your safety please consult the Marine Centre to discuss snorkelling conditions and the best location for snorkelling.

We also offer exciting Great Barrier Reef family activities at extra cost, such as snorkelling on the outer reef, guided tours of the University of Queensland Research Station and the Semi-Submersible boat.

Remember, children 12 years and under stay and eat breakfast free of charge at Heron Island (in existing bedding), and as the only full-board island holiday resort on the Great Barrier Reef it’s just perfect for a Queensland family trip.
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University of Queensland Heron Island Research Station

Variable times

Subject to availability. Researchers associated with the University of Queensland Research Station discuss their current investigations and experiments in and around Heron Reef.

Adults $10 AUD
Children $3 AUD




Junior Rangers Program

About 1.5 Hours

Our Heron Island Junior Rangers Program is an exciting nature based program for kids between the ages of 7 to 12 years. The Program offers a range of nature-based activities designed to nurture a sense of exploration and caring for the environment, subject matter includes activities such as bird watching, island walks and reef walks. The Program has been developed by Heron Island’s experienced team of marine biologists, with the cooperation of the University of Queensland and QLD Parks and Wildlife Service.

The program is very interactive and topics covered may vary seasonally to include: reef ecology, forest awareness, coral cay formation, turtle nesting and whale watching. Kids will receive a Junior Rangers Workbook, embroidered badge and hat.

The Junior Rangers program runs on Saturday and Sundays, plus every day during the Queensland school holidays. Session times are 11:00 12:30 and 2:30- 4:00 pm. Please book at Reception as registration is essential. To pre-book, contact Charges will be added to your account and cancellation fees apply.

Children $20 AUD per session


Please note that all activities are subject to availability, weather and tide. Schedules may vary day-to-day and week-to-week.