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HERON ISLAND NATURE TOUR: 28 February - 4 March 2024; only two places left!

Original price $600.00 - Original price $600.00
Original price
$600.00 - $600.00
Current price $600.00

Only two places left - either a twin share room or double room!

Experience the best of nature on Heron Island, world famous for its spectacular coral reef and a sanctuary for an extraordinary variety of marine and bird life! 

Heron Island is a National Marine Park in the Great Barrier Reef Protected Zone, and provides important habitat for unique flora and fauna. Our nature activities include exploring the ancient Pisonia Forest surrounding your beachside cabin during the peak breeding season for the Black Noddy Terns and Wedge-Tailed Shearwaters (Mutton Birds). See female turtles laying eggs and turtle hatchlings emerging, making their way to the sea for their epic ocean voyages. 

Our Heron Island Nature Tour includes: 

  • return boat trip from Gladstone
  • 5 nights accommodation and food at the Heron Island Resort
  • nature journaling with Julia Landford; art workshops with illustration techniques for marine wildlife including turtles with Dr Lindsay Marshall
  • a range of nature walks exploring the reef, island vegetation, birds and turtles
  • evening walks around the island
  • a visit to the University of Queensland's Research Station
  • free time for snorkeling/diving* on the barrier reef surrounds, or relaxing in the pool
  • a sunset cruise and much more! 

During this nature tour, document your observations through nature journaling and  photography, and for artists enjoy the series of workshops with Julia Landford and Dr Lindsay Marshall.

Dates:  28 February - 4 March 2024

- Boat departs from Gladstone on Wednesday 28 February, and returns on Monday 4th March 2024. Details to be confirmed closer to the date. 

Cost: $3,860.00 per person inclusive of return boat fares from Gladstone, all accommodation (twin share), food, tutored art workshops, guided walks and talks. 

A deposit of $600.00 inc GST to confirm your place is due by 7 January 2024; the balance of $3,260.00 is due by 15 January 2024. 

Our expert nature tour art and science team: Travel with naturalists Julia and Alan Landford who have led expeditions to Heron Island, Montague Island, Cape York and the Atherton Tablelands, and Tasmania, and internationally to Borneo, Costa Rica, The Galapagos Islands and other destinations.

Julia Landford is the team leader and Founding Director of NatureArt Lab and brings substantial experience with natural history, nature journaling and tour management. 

Alan Landford has a scientific background in zoology, specialising in entomology from the Australian National University. He also has substantial wildlife experience from Australia and Papua New Guinea, and other regions. 

Dr Lindsay Marshall is a world-renowned fisheries biologist and natural history artist. In 2021 Lindsay was inducted into the Australian Society for Fish Biology Hall of Fame - a lifetime achievement award - for her contribution to fish taxonomy and species identification through her artwork. In 2023 Lindsay was also honoured by her colleagues by having a new species of Hornshark named after her, The Painted Hornshark (Heterodontus marshallae). Lindsay has great respect for each animal that she paints and endeavours to represent each individual with accuracy, integrity, and a vivid life force. What Lindsay would ultimately like to accomplish with her art is to inspire a sense of awe for the natural world and, in doing so, motivate people to value and conserve it. 

Nature Tour Cancellation policy: 

We strongly recommend that participants take out comprehensive travel insurance against injury, illness, emergency medical evacuation, loss and damage to personal belongings, not being able to travel on a confirmed date of departure or tour cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.  

If cancellation takes place up to 120 days before the trip $500.00 is payable, for cancellations 119 to 60 days before departure 50% of the cost of the tour will be forfeited. If cancellation takes place 59 days or less before the start date 100% of the tour cost will be forfeited. 

If NatureArt Lab has to cancel a nature tour due to undersubscription, you will receive a refund of all payments made for that tour.

Please contact us at if you have any questions. 


bird on nest

marine research centre with person

snorkeling the barrier reef

sunset cruise

Photos: courtesy of Heron Island Resort

Discount Policy: Students may be eligible for Seniors Discount and/or Member Discounts on checkout.  If you are unsure about eligibility or how to claim this discount, please email

COVID-19 Policy: NatureArt Lab participants attending studio courses, workshops and nature tours are required to comply with current COVID-19 state policies.  Please check current policies for your state location.

Class Refund Policy:  Any changes or cancellations made by NatureArt Lab for any reason are 100% refunded or credited (for use on another course).  Any cancellations made by the purchaser are refunded (or held in credit) for the total amount LESS a $60 administrative processing fee.  Special consideration for waiving the $60 fee for compassionate/ extraordinary circumstances can be granted by NatureArt Lab by writing to

Nature Tour Refund Policy: Details for refunds on nature tours will be available separately.