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Reef Walk at Heron Island

Family Activities when on Heron Island

Go on Island Walks and Guided Walks with the family!

COVID Update
Activities will be limited to a maximum number of participants. Additional changes may be implemented without notice based on government and health regulation updates.

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 and things to do at Heron Island can be found here, and include:

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

The beaches of Heron Island are also considered the best place to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef. The family can also snorkel directly off the beach in the waters around the island, using the snorkelling equipment included FREE for each during your stay. 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 costs, such as snorkelling on the outer reef, guided tours of the University of Queensland Research Station and the Semi-Submersible boat.

For more information, please email

Research Station Tour at Heron Island

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

Always a hit with the kids, 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 $30 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.

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