We are delighted to announce a new partnership between Heron Island and the Sea Turtle Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to safeguarding sea turtle populations, migration routes and habitats.

Did you know that...
  • Many guests come to the Island specifically to see the incredible Green and Loggerhead turtles which swim in our waters. 
  • We have developed this partnership to provide guests with a greater opportunity to understand and support these amazing creatures.
  • Sea turtles have been swimming in the world’s oceans for over 120 million years, but today all populations face uncertainty. 
  • Through education and research, we hope to secure a brighter future for these ancient mariners.

During your stay with us, you will be able to experience the positive results of this partnership.  Information sessions will be held regularly and materials are available in your guest room and from reception. And if you are staying with us during turtle season – approximately November through to March each year – you can participate in guided walks led by Foundation or Resort staff members.  We also are incorporating hands on experience into our Junior Rangers program.

In the first year of the partnership, the foundation hopes to buy a 'Turtle Stretcher' which will help volunteers and guests like you and I move trapped and stranded turtles, with minimal stress.

We are inviting our guests to support these efforts with just a $10 donation on check out.  This generous contribution will allow the Sea Turtle Foundation to continue its work to support and protect these wonderful creatures, so that future generations may also feel a connection to them. Heron Island is committed to working with the Foundation to ensure that there are ‘turtles for tomorrow’ and your donation, which will be added to your bill, will help the foundation to continue their valuable work.

Of course, if you choose not to donate, just let the staff know when you request your final bill and the charge will be removed.

The partnership between you, Heron Island Resort and the Sea Turtle Foundation will help to ensure the continued survival of these ancient creatures.

Read more about the Sea Turtle Foundation and turtle-watching on Heron Island, as published in The Guardian.

Watch an audio slide show about turtles on Heron Island:



For more information about the Sea Turtle Foundation please visit their official website .

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