Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island lies just 25 minutes by helicopter from Townsville and stretches across 11 kilometers of immaculate coastline, and comprises of a pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage listed marine park
At a Glance
Even the journey there is spectacular - flying by private helicopter over the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef
Enjoy the delicious food served at Orpheus
Go on an indigenous tour to learn about the local heritage
Take in the beautiful landscape of coastline and national park
Take the helm of your motorized dinghy and discover the many pristine bays and reefs that fringe Orpheus. With more private beaches than guests, beachcomb and enjoy a chef-prepared picnic hamper in absolute seclusion.Scott Dunn team
The signature gastronomic experience, Dining with the Tides, is exceptional, located at the end of the jetty, lit by candlelight and torches.Scott Dunn team
Accommodating just 34 guests at any one time; this newly refurbished luxury island escape is a rare island of exceptional beauty offering the ultimate in tropical escapism. Nestled in the sheltered Hazard Bay on the western-side of the island, the lodge is laid without fanfare along a ribbon of serene beach and features beachfront rooms, suites and villas, a main pavilion bar and alfresco-style dining area, a restaurant, a reading room, an inviting infinity pool that mirrors the Coral Sea and a sustainable veggie patch which provides the chefs with a constant supply of fresh produce.
Orpheus offers a plethora of once in a lifetime experiences; be it a fishing trip where the day’s catch is grilled on an open fire of a nearby cove; an indigenous-led tour of the culturally-rich neighboring islands; or taking a dinghy and chef-prepared gourmet picnic hamper and discovering the many pristine bays and reefs that fringe Orpheus. Alternatively, it provides the perfect backdrop for a more private and quieter interlude if you wish to shut off from the outside world.
The island offers just seventeen guest rooms and suites ensuring a personalized stay. The living spaces have been recently refurbished and offer a light, natural color scheme that reflects the breezy surrounds.
For most guests dining on Orpheus is a highlight, the chef takes great pride not only in the quality of the food but also in the setting of each meal. The meals often include seafood from the surrounding waters and vegetables grown on what was once a tennis court but is now the chef’s own personal market garden! From degustation experiences to beach bonfires with paella and baked fish, each evening promises a culinary treat.
Orpheus has a rich cultural heritage, dating back to the 1930s when the lodge was run with the assistance of local indigenous people. Still today, the indigenous employees play an integral role in the daily operations of the lodge and their expert knowledge of the region makes for an unforgettable cultural experience. Enjoy an indigenous led tour and learn about the culturally rich Palm Islands archipelago.
All rooms, suites and villa's are offering a unique ambience and a beautiful balance between contemporary and a minimalist island aesthetic, offering utter comfort in a laid-back luxe setting. The newly refurbished accommodation offers natural color schemes, blonde timbers, crisp white linen, 32 inch LED TV's, iPod docking stations and Daintree Essentials guest amenities to ensure a tranquil sanctuary for you to unwind in. From your private terrace you enjoy a view over the Coral Sea.
The Beachfront Villa is the only room type that sleeps four guests in two bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, and from your private terrace you enjoy a magnificent view over the Coral Sea.
We love the fact that Orpheus is one of the only Great Barrier Reef Resorts to embrace children. It doesn't have a kids 'club but who needs one when you have the amazing natural playground of the reef at your doorstep?
Choose one of the Villas when traveling with the family - they sleep four and offer plenty of space for you and your little ones.
Dining with the Tides is the island's signature dining experience. One evening of your stay, you will enjoy a private dinner on the pier, backlit by the sun's setting rays over the Coral Sea. Your intimate dinner for two will be served under a starlit canopy and minimal interruptions will ensure a unique and romantic dining experience.
On the other nights and days of your stay, Orpheus offers a light, contemporary and daily changing menu that showcases the richness of the region. Accommodation rates are inclusive of all gourmet meals and accompanied by a selection of regional wines and beers. Honouring a diverse selection of Australia's finest drops; the Orpheus cellar features both iconic and boutique wines from the country's most renowned wine regions.
Location & Directions
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Located just 80km north of Townsville amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus is a secluded island stretching across 11 km of immaculate turquoise coastline and comprising 1.368 hectares of pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage-listed Marine Park.
When to go
April through November is the best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef, although southeast trade winds can sometimes make it a tad choppy at sea. December through March can be uncomfortably hot and humid, particularly as far north. In the winter months (June-Aug), the water can be a touch chilly (Aussies think so, anyway), but it rarely drops below 22°C.