This summer it is Destination Heron Island for the Junior Rangers

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An aerial view of the Heron Island

An aerial view of the Heron Island

The Junior Rangers Program is a special initiative of the Heron Island to promote environmental awareness and appreciation of the natural world around us among young school children. To be conducted during the Christmas school holidays, the Junior Rangers Program will inspire the little guests on the island to learn more about the island and the natural world that surrounds it. While their parents take some time off relaxing under the summer sun or enjoying a bit of snorkelling or diving, kids can spend time learning about sea cucumbers, corals, black noddy chicks and the nesting turtles on the island.

A view of the underwater marine life

A view of the underwater marine life

Due to its location right on the Great Barrier Reef and being a true coral cay, the Heron Island is in a position to offer to its young guests a range of activities, unique learning experiences and a chance to understand and appreciate the diverse wild life that we share this environment with.

Designed for young children within the age group of seven to 12, this unique program conducted within the safe confines of a marine national park costs only $30 per head per day. This program is conducted during the school holidays, but special programs outside the school holidays can be organized if there are a total of three children participating. The $30 fee covers for the cost of the Junior Ranger Workbook, Junior Ranger Hat, embroidered badges and the fee for the Junior Ranger activities during the stay of the family on the island.

Another view of the underwater marine diversity

Another view of the underwater marine diversity

A number of nature based activities are designed such as reef walks, bird watching, beach combing and even designing their own eco-friendly resort. All these are targeted to infuse a sense of understanding of & care for the nature and also a desire for exploration. To further excite the young minds a number of reward programs have also been designed. A number of colourful embroidered badges such as the “Three-Kilometre Badge” and the highly sought after “Junior Ranger Badge” ensure that the young minds are kept inspired.

Beginning of a new life

Beginning of a new life

Designed and conducted by the island’s team of experienced Marine Biologists and Naturalist Guides, this program enjoys the active cooperation of the University of Queensland and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The price for rooms on the Heron Island starts at $398 a night on a twin sharing basis (for the Turtle Room) and includes a MAP meal plan. It also includes a host of free activities such as Reef Walks, Island and Bird Walks and a tour to the Research Station. For kids under the age of 12, there is no charge for accommodation or meals.

Shot of a turtle underwater

Shot of a turtle underwater

For reaching the Heron Island, boats are available from Gladstone and it costs $99.50 per away per adult and $49.75 per way per child.

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Rory Mukherjee

Rory Mukherjee is a freelance article writer specialising in digital photography and travel related topics.He is also an avid traveller who loves to document his travels in his articles and through his lenses.Rory currently contributes the latest travel news to YouTravel.com.au and hope to expand his travel prowess in the not too distant future.