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Heron Island Eco Encounter

Queensland

Coach
Coach
Eco
Eco

Tour summary

EARLY BIRD DEAL - Save $200 per couple or $100 Sole for MARCH 2022 tours. Booked by 31st Dec 2021. Terms and conditions apply.

Head to Heron Island and discover amazing turtle season encounters, take bird watching tours and eco reef walks on a coral cay. Then venture out on a full paradise tour to Bustard Head on the iconic LARC whilst staying in Seventeen Seventy.

Departure location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
6
days
Physical rating:
2 - Moderate
Departure dates:

20th March 2022 27th March 2022

Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
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Heron Island Eco Encounter

Tour pricing

Sole Use
Gold
Gold
$
3575
pp
Adult Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
2490
pp
Deposit:
$800 pp. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply)
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

DEPOSIT
$800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

PRE& POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
2 additional days (TOTAL 10 DAY TOUR)

  • Return economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
  • 2 additional nights room only (1 night pre & 1 post-tour) at Meriton Suites Brisbane
  • Return Airtrain ticket ex -Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Roma Street Station

Plus $880pp Twin Share Plus $1090 Sole Use
Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice

Tour inclusions

  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travel
  • 1 night Gladstone
  • 2 nights Heron Island Resort
  • Daily Turtle & Eco tours with Marine Biologists and Nature Guides
  • Reef walk at low tide; Island walk and bird watch walk
  • 2 nights Town of 1770
  • Full day LARC eco tour to Bustard Bay Lighthouse and Middle Island
  • Historic Childers
  • Gympie
  • 16 meals

Additional information

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

 

Included meals:

B = Full Breakfast MT =Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels
Cruise
Cruise
Off-road
Off-road
Boat
Boat
Heritage
Heritage
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Local guide
Local guide
Swimming
Swimming
Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Brisbane - Gladstone

Coach
Coach

Board our luxury ‘Gold’ Class’ coach, sit back and relax as we make our way to the Southern Great Barrier Reef region. We break for a cuppa at Gympie Duck Ponds before we continue on north breaking again at Gin Gin for lunch. We finish our travel day at Gladstone for an overnight stay.

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Mantra Gladstone
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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

2

Heron Island

Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Swimming
Swimming
Local guide
Local guide

Depart Gladstone Marina to board the Heron Island fast cat. Located in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a haven for nature lovers and is surrounded by pristine beaches and brilliant blue waters. Enjoy two nights at Heron Island Resort, where we join marine biologist guides for daily activities discovering the amazing turtle season encounters. Heron at this time of year has up to 150 turtles each night coming up the beach along with the hatchlings making their way to the ocean. Take a guided Island walk and learn about the history, flora and fauna of Heron Island. Discover the Pisonia Forest towards Shark Bay and return to the resort along North Beach. Learn about the formation of Heron Island as a vegetated coral cay, the environmental factors that have contributed to its formation, the plants that have colonised the island, the importance of the bird populations as well as sea turtles that visit Heron Island each year. We also join naturalist eco guides at low tide who will explain the formation of the reef and identify some of the weird and wonderful creatures that you are likely to encounter on Heron Reef. The bird walk explains all about the different bird species around Heron Island. Birds are considered in four general categories: breeding populations, visitors, migratory shorebirds and resident populations. Heron Island can be home to up to 200,000 birds at the peak of nesting season!

**Please note: Fast cat transfers take 2 hours and are in open waters. Those who suffer motion sickness are advised to take the necessary precautions. Optionally, at additional expense you may like to organise return helicopter transfers from Gladstone.

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Heron Island Resort
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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

3

Heron Island

Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Swimming
Swimming
Local guide
Local guide

Depart Gladstone Marina to board the Heron Island fast cat. Located in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a haven for nature lovers and is surrounded by pristine beaches and brilliant blue waters. Enjoy two nights at Heron Island Resort, where we join marine biologist guides for daily activities discovering the amazing turtle season encounters. Heron at this time of year has up to 150 turtles each night coming up the beach along with the hatchlings making their way to the ocean. Take a guided Island walk and learn about the history, flora and fauna of Heron Island. Discover the Pisonia Forest towards Shark Bay and return to the resort along North Beach. Learn about the formation of Heron Island as a vegetated coral cay, the environmental factors that have contributed to its formation, the plants that have colonised the island, the importance of the bird populations as well as sea turtles that visit Heron Island each year. We also join naturalist eco guides at low tide who will explain the formation of the reef and identify some of the weird and wonderful creatures that you are likely to encounter on Heron Reef. The bird walk explains all about the different bird species around Heron Island. Birds are considered in four general categories: breeding populations, visitors, migratory shorebirds and resident populations. Heron Island can be home to up to 200,000 birds at the peak of nesting season!

**Please note: Fast cat transfers take 2 hours and are in open waters. Those who suffer motion sickness are advised to take the necessary precautions. Optionally, at additional expense you may like to organise return helicopter transfers from Gladstone.

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Heron Island Resort
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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

4

Town of 1770

Eco
Eco
Boat
Boat

We enjoy a leisurely morning on beautiful Heron Island, before an early afternoon departure on the fast cat. Back on the mainland, we take a short journey to the Town of Seventeen Seventy (1770). Surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay, 1770 is a picturesque village rich in wildlife and scenery.

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1770 Lagoons Central Apartment Resort, Town of 1770
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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

5

Town of 1770

Off-road
Off-road
Boat
Boat
Walking component
Walking component
Eco
Eco
Heritage
Heritage

This morning we take the ideal getaway on the Pink Amphibious LARC. Take in the highlights of Agnes Water by land and sea on-board a unique LARC amphibious vehicle. Our adventure takes us across tidal creeks, sandy beaches and 4WD drive trails, as you explore the Town of 1770 and Bustard Bay. We cross four tidal creeks and take a 4WD tour up the steep climb to the historic Bustard Head Light Station to take in the magnificent views and tour the lighthouse itself. Enjoy lunch on Middle Island, then get your adrenaline pumping as you try sandboarding (optional) down the dunes of Middle Island.

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1770 Lagoons Central Apartment Resort, Town of 1770
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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

6

Brisbane

Heritage
Heritage

Homeward bound this morning, we break at historic Childers for a cuppa and time to visit the Palace Backpackers Memorial. After lunch in Gympie, we make our way back to the Brisbane.

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Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

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