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Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Heron Island is preparing to welcome budding young naturalists over the Christmas school holidays with their popular Junior Rangers Program.
Whilst parents can kick back and relax with an afternoon’s diving or snorkelling, the kids can get to know the island’s wilder and more natural side learning about everything from sea cucumbers and corals to black noddy chicks and nesting turtles.

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 its 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 is designed for children aged seven to 12, costs $30 per day, and runs during school holidays. It can also run outside school holidays if prior notice is given and a minimum of three children take part.

It 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 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.

Junior Ranger activities contribute to the earning of a variety of colourful embroidered badges, from the "Three-Kilometre Badge" through to the highly prized "Junior Ranger Badge".

The $30 fee covers the provision of a Junior Rangers Workbook, Junior Ranger Hat, embroidered badges, and Junior Ranger activities throughout the duration of a family stay.

Rooms on Heron Island start from $398 per night twin share (Turtle Room) and include three meals daily and many free activities including Reef Walks, Island and Bird Walks, and Research Station Tours.

Kids 12 years and under stay and eat free. Boat transfers from Gladstone are $99.50 per way per adult and $49.75 per way per child.

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