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Orpheus Island – Great Barrier Reef

Orpheus Island

"A rare, island hideaway."

Accommodating just 28 people, Orpheus is an all-inclusive, private island lodge located in the Great Barrier Reef. With only 14 rooms, suites and villas, Orpheus Island is the ultimate in secluded, unspoilt tropical paradise, and stretches across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline. The island itself, comprising more than 1,000 hectares of national park,  is surrounded by pristine fringing reef you can access simply by stepping out from your accommodation. The island lodge features the main pavilion bar and alfresco-style dining area, a restaurant, a reading room, Gwandalan Day Spa and an inviting 25m x 13m infinity pool that mirrors the Coral Sea.

All stays at Orpheus include three gourmet meals prepared daily by chef Paul Wilson and his team, use of water sports equipment, unlimited Australian beer and wine as well as soft beverages, and a daily Orpheus experience.

Location:Access to Orpheus is via a 30min helicopter journey from Townsville over the picturesque coral-studded sea.
Perfect for:Couples and families wishing for unrivalled access to the Great Barrier Reef.
Why we love it:Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, offering unparalleled access to pristine fringing reef
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Discover the ultimate luxury island getaway at the Great Barrier Reef’s best island resort.

With a commitment to sustainability, each room embraces the natural environment. The boutique, all-inclusive accommodation offers 14 contemporary suites, all facing immaculate beachfront. At Orpheus, luxury has never been so comfortable.

The all-inclusive accommodation includes:

  • Three gourmet meals daily
  • Quality Australian wine, beer, sparkling and soft drinks
  • All-Inclusive mini bar
  • Unlimited use of motorised dinghies, paddleboards, kayaks and catamarans
  • Unlimited use of fishing and snorkelling gear
  • Daily curated orpheus experience

North Beachfront Room

With sweeping views of the Coral Sea, the North Beachfront room is our stunning entry level accommodation. Perfect for couples or people travelling as a twosome, these rooms are the epitome of laid-back luxury and can be booked with one king bed or twin beds.

Room Size: 32.5 sq.m
Coral Sea view
Luxurious king bed or twin beds available

North Beachfront Suite

With a spectacular view out to the Coral Sea the North Beachfront Suites are perfectly sheltered ensuring a tranquil sanctuary for you to unwind in. These suites are perfect for couples or those with an additional guest and can easily accommodate an extra bed.

North Beachfront Villa

Situated on the sheltered western side of the island, there are four Villas on Orpheus. This tranquil north wing accommodation offers contemporary and minimalist island aesthetics, with plenty of room to relax and unwind after exploring the island. Perfect for families or groups, boasting Coral Sea views, spectacular Orpheus sunsets and a fresh sea breeze.

Room size: 89.5 sq.m
Coral Sea view
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
Lounge room
Private Terrace

South Room

Offering utter privacy, just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. These bungalow-style rooms are understated whilst embracing the natural surrounds. Smaller than the suites, they feature private indoor and outdoor showers.

Room Size: 46.2 sq.m
Tropical garden room
Indoor and outdoor showers

South Suite

Unobtrusive, romantic and contemporary, these stylish suites offer a secluded escape, wake up amongst rich tropical gardens with a view out to the ocean. These spacious suites are perfect for couples or honeymooners.

Room size: 68 sq.m
Tropical garden room
Outdoor bath
Lounge area
Private terrace

  • Diving and Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Spa
  • Dinghy Adventure
  • Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Excursions to Hinchenbrook Island & Pelorus Island
  • Helicopter adventures
  • Picnic adventures
  • Cruises
  • Eco tours
  • Walking tours
  • Research volunteering
  • Orpheus Island is a food lover’s destination. On arrival guests will meet with the Executive Chef to discuss their taste preferences and dietary requirements.

    Each meal is an event within itself, with gourmet breakfasts, shared tapas style lunches and memorable degustation dinners.

    The team of chefs prepare meals inspired by the natural surroundings using the freshest seasonal produce sourced from the Island’s own vegetable garden and from surrounding regions. Fresh prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and tropical rock lobsters are just some of local delicacies sourced from local fisherman or suppliers.


    The Island’s signature dining experience ‘Dining with the Tides’ is a must do for any guest to the island.

    An intimate six course degustation dinner for two is served on the Island’s starlit pier, looking out over the magnificent Coral Sea while Barramundi, Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks and Spangled Emperor swim below.

    Guests will meet with the culinary team to design the perfect menu with wine pairings from a select cellar master list. To book the ultimate romantic dining experience enquire here. Bookings are essential.

    Awaken the senses and rebalance the mind and body at Gwandalan day spa.

    There are a number of beaches to explore around Orpheus Island, and an inviting 25m x 13m infinity pool that mirrors the Coral Sea adjacent to the main Pavilion.

    The social meeting point at Orpheus. Guests can enjoy complimentary wines, beers, soft drinks, juices and snacks, as well as order that special cocktail, boutique beer or French champagne.

    We offer a selection of publications for guests to enjoy that can be handpicked at our boutique.

    Shop from a range of boutique Australian brands. The boutique offers sunglasses, swimwear, shirts, cover-ups, hats and holiday memorabilia.

    Get all the essentials for your diving adventure including sunglasses, rashies, iphone cases and, of course, diving gear.

    A little spot to take a break from the sun, play pool, some games or watch TV.

    We offer extensive complimentary and paid adventures including diving, snorkelling, fishing, beach/island drop offs, sunset cruises, guided walks, access to Hinchinbrook Island where you can explore the waterfall, and James Cook University research station tours.

    See the full list here

    The catamaran can be used by guests as they wish.

    We offer paddleboards, kayaks and dinghies for complimentary guest use.

    There are a number of walking tracks that allow you explore the beautiful native bushland of Orpheus Island’s National Park environment.

    Orpheus Island offers WIFI in the main pavilions and is covered by the Telstra mobile network. Other networks provide limited coverage.