These little critters will melt all but the steeliest of hearts. Heron Island is the place to go between November and March, when green and loggerhead turtles make their way from locales as far flung as the Solomon Islands and Cape York to lay their eggs on the beaches. The baby turtles start to make their long-awaited appearance around Easter, scuttling to the safety of the sea.

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Heron Island has special packages during the turtle season, with three nights in a Turtle Room for $597 per person, including meals, snorkel hire, and boat transfers. Kids under 12 stay and eat for free.

 

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