It's been a long time since I took you to an exotic destination, and with summer coming, I wanted to make you dream a little, a lot... madly.
This week I'm showing you one of my favourite places on our beautiful planet: Heron Island in Queensland, Australia.
And as a reminder, all the photos are mine, and it was very difficult to select them, each one so beautiful than the other!
Located on the Great Barrier Reef, in the northeast of Australia, on the Tropic of Capricorn, this small island of 16 hectares is a real paradise.
It can be reached by boat, which means 2 hours of seasickness for my sister who was accompanying me, or by helicopter, but this time this mode of transport did not fit into my budget.
If you have a feeling of deja vu, it’s because I’ve already shown you several of these photos in my articles. But really, I never get tired of it!
There’s only one hotel on the island, the Heron Island Resort, which makes it a very privileged area and when I say hotel, it’s actually small wood cabins scattered in the vegetation.
So relaxing and rejuvenating to be immersed in such an environment.
And my sister is touring you 😉
Obviously, we didn’t come all this way not to swim.
Pool or beach, the dilemma of the day…
Although you can go around it quickly, only 800m long (2,600 ft) and 300m (980 ft) wide, its charm and its particularity lie in its fauna and flora.
In summer, nearly 200,000 birds inhabit the island. We observe them everywhere and especially we hear them! Well, be clear here, some songs are more melodious than others…
And no, contrary to its name no heron on the island, the English explorer, Lieutenant Charles Bampfield Yule, who discovered it in 1843 would have confused egrets with herons.
To be honest I'm very bad at bird species so I don't blame him, and then in the end, it sounds good Heron Island!
And then, there are sea turtles too!!
But maybe you remember, I told you about it in my article My Favourite Animals.
And yes, it’s an island where Green sea turtles and Loggerhead turtles (or Caretta Caretta) come to nest.
I had the pleasure of witnessing the nesting and hatching period, so magical!
No photos of the mothers, they come to lay eggs during the night, so we observe them from a distance in the dark so as not to disturb them.
However, I have some memories of baby turtles trying to reach the sea...
At low tide, walking on the island is just as surprising, there’s plenty of time to admire this rich fauna and flora.
This is also a perfect opportunity to visit the University of Queensland research station, one of the most important in the world for research on the coral reef.
I knew that I had not chosen the right course of study, spending my days in a bikini on a tropical beach watching fishes, wonderful…
There are of course a lot of sea excursions organised to admire the Great Barrier Reef, I don't take underwater photos, I prefer not to have any distractions in case a shark decides to take me for its snack hahaha.
From the beach too, you can see rays, sharks and all kinds of fish. Magical!
Heron Island is one of the places I’d revisit with pleasure, and a memorable memory with my sister.
Besides, she would have loved to get married there, finally she got married in a magnificent castle in France, it was very good too!
Finally, this place was heavenly for my creativity.
And some of my favourite photos:
My Previous Articles about Australia:
No article next week, multiple projects are taking shape and I'll tell you about it next time.
Have a fantastic week everyone !
Love & Joy,