07.25.2014
Heron Island is preparing to welcome budding young explorers over the winter school holidays with the popular Junior Rangers Program.

Whilst parents can enjoy some diving or snorkelling, the kids can get to know the island’s 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 within a Marine National Park, Heron Island offers its young visitors a unique range of 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 $15 per day, and runs during school holidays.*

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 Junior Rangers 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 the opportunity to design and run your own resort island.

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 $15 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, Star Gazing, 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.

* The Junior Rangers Program can also run outside school holidays if prior notice is given and a minimum of three children take part.

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For further information contact:
Louise Longman, Barking Owl Communications, 0488 215 983
Email : louise.longman@barkingowlcommunications.com.au
Jill Collins, Barking Owl Communications, 0417 654 474
Email: jill@barkingowlcommunications.com.au
?Notes to editors:
Heron Island is located 72km off the Capricorn Coast, northeast of Gladstone in Queensland.
The island is located on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and is one of only a handful of coral cays off the Queensland coast.
It is considered to be one of Australia’s top dive destinations. Jacques Cousteau listed the Heron Bommie as one of his top 10 favourite dive sites in the world.
Diving at Heron Island is relatively shallow, with an average depth of around 15 to 35 metres, and snorkellers can enjoy the shallow reefs that come up to within two or three metres of the surface in places.
Heron Island is owned and operated by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners of iconic Australian resorts including neighbouring Wilson Island, El Questro Wilderness Park, Lizard Island and Kings Canyon Resort.
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