Orpheus Island Resort

Exclusive Island Retreat

  • Luxe Laidback Stylish Beachfront
  • Includes Meals, Drinks & Tours
Inc. all levies & taxes

Orpheus Island Resort Info


Set in the heart of one of the world’s natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.

Just a 25 minute scenic flight from Townsville, this tranquil island stretches across 11 kilometres of immaculate coastline, and comprises of a pristine National Park and surrounding World Heritage listed Marine Park. The fringing reef of this Great Barrier Reef Resort is one of the most spectacular and diverse and guests aren’t required to travel offshore to experience it!

Orpheus is a secluded island hideaway accommodating just 28 indulged guests at any one time. 

Orpheus is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples, honeymooners and for a picturesque wedding setting.


  • All gourmet meals (tailor-made to dietary requirements)
  • Complimentary inclusion of selected Australian wines, beers & soft drinks
  • A nature-based activity daily e.g. snorkelling, fishing, sunset cruise or local island tour
  • Unlimited use of motorised dinghies, catamarans, kayaks, snorkelling equipment and light fishing gear

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All gourmet meals
  • Complimentary inclusion of selected Australian wines and beers
  • Signature Dining with the Tides experience one evening
  • 1 hour Gwandalan Day Spa treatment, per person
  • Bottle of French champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries on arrival
  • Orpheus experience daily – snorkelling, fishing, island cruise
  • Unlimited use of motorised dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks, catamarans, snorkelling equipment and light fishing gear


The newly refurbished accommodation offers natural colour schemes, crisp white linen, whilst private terraces boast Coral Sea views, sea breezes and serene sunsets.

  • Luxurious king bed or twin beds
  • Private terrace
  • iPod docking station
  • 32 inch LED TV with free-to-air stations
  • Mini bar, stocked with complimentary beverages
  • Li'tya guest amenities
  • Tea Drop black and herbal teas
  • Bella coffee machine
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron and ironing board
  • WIFI access
  • Lounge in Suite and Villa

Room - sleeps 2, Room Size: 32.5 sq.m,
Suite - sleeps 3 (rollaway bed extra charge), Room Size: North - 56.0 sq.m, South - 52sq.m
Villa - sleeps 5 (rollaway bed extra charge), two bedrooms and two bathrooms, Room Size: 89.5 sq.m


  • Main pavilion bar
  • Alfresco-style dining area
  • Restaurant
  • Reading room
  • An inviting 26m x 13m infinity pool that mirrors the Coral Sea
  • Sustainable veggie patch which provides the chefs with a constant supply of fresh produce for guest meals
    Best suited to the island’s tropical environment, Orpheus offers a light, contemporary and daily-changing menu that showcases the riches of the region. Celebrating a bounty of locally-sourced, wholesome and freshly caught and grown seasonal delights, each meal tells a tale and promises to stimulate both the mind and palate.

    Dining with the Tides is the island's signature dining experience. One evening of your stay, 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.  If you are celebrating a memorable occasion whilst on Orpheus, be sure to let us know so we can coordinate your Dining with the Tides experience with your special day.

    There is no better location for a family island holiday than Orpheus.
    Children are classified as 2-17 years of age.
    A baby cot (free of charge) for infants under 2 years of age can be set-up in Beachfront Suite or Villa.
    Special children’s menus are available on request.


    Diving & Snorkelling:

    The fringing reef surrounding Orpheus is one of the Great Barrier Reef's most spectacular and diverse marine wonderlands. Orpheus' principal dive sites are home to 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef, 340 of the 359 varieties of hard corals and one of the region's largest collections of soft corals.
    In this natural aquarium, dive and snorkel amongst a myriad of world-class reef habitats, submerged indigenous sites, recent plane wrecks and, if you're lucky spot green turtles, manta rays, bull rays, reef sharks and humpback whales.
    Key dates:
    - Manta Ray season - early August to early November
    - Humpback whale migration - mid-late August to late October
    - Annual coral spawning - expected dual spawn predicted between 15th - 18th November


    The Great Barrier Reef is a fisherman’s playground and the waters surrounding Orpheus provide some of the most sought after reef and game fishing species in the world. An excellent array of table fish including Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Red Emperor and Giant Trevally can be caught locally. For the avid anglers, a trip to the outer reef is where the famous pelagic species such as the Black Marlin, Dog Tooth Tuna, Spanish Mackerel and Wahoo breed.
    Following your fishing expedition, go ashore to a secluded cove where your daily catch can be grilled on an open fire whilst you enjoy an ice-cold beer or wine with your fellow fisherman. Alternatively, have your catch prepared to your liking by the Executive Chef and served for dinner back at the lodge.

    Dinghy Experience:

    Take the helm of your motorised dinghy and discover the many pristine bays and reefs that fringe Orpheus. With more private beaches than guests, beach comb and enjoy a chef-prepared picnic hamper in absolute seclusion! After lunch, snorkel straight off the beach into blue-green waters and discover the mystical coral gardens and tropical fish of this underwater world.

    Private Island:
    Orpheus is one of only a few private island Queensland, that can be booked in its entirety for exclusive use. Accommodating just 34 indulged guests (17 couples) at any one time; Orpheus can be become your own private sanctuary!
    Offering absolute seclusion and serenity, Orpheus provides the perfect backdrop to host an intimate wedding, a corporate retreat, a memorable milestone or a major celebration.


    Orpheus Island is located on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, 80km north of Townsville.

    Getting to Townsville:
    The Townsville Airport ensures easy access with frequent daily flights from most Australian capital cities and regional centres flying Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar.

    Heli Flights ex Townsville:

    The 'Nautilus Aviation' check-in desk is located in Gate Lounge 10, Townsville Airport domestic terminal (near to the baggage carousel). Please bring photo identification (passport or drivers’ license) with you for a smooth check-in.

    Passengers are restricted to one suitcase and one small carry-on item, to a maximum of 15kg in total. If you have excess luggage, secure free-of-charge luggage storage facilities are provided at the Townsville Airport.

    Daily Schedule (subject to availability)
    • Townsville to Orpheus - departing 2pm, arriving 2.30pm
    • Orpheus to Townsville - departing 2.30pm, arriving 3.00pm

    Heli Flights ex Cairns:

    Domestic and International passengers arriving into Cairns Airport will be met at the baggage carousel by a friendly member of
    the Nautilus Aviation team – guests are to look for a sign with their surname on it. For those guests making their own way to Cairns, our Reservations Department will discuss a meeting point within Cairns Airport at the time of booking.

    Daily Schedule (subject to availability)
    • Cairns to Orpheus - departing 11am, arriving 12:30pm
    • Orpheus to Cairns - departing 12:30pm, arriving 1:45pm

    Luggage Restrictions:
    Passengers are restricted to one small bag, to a maximum of 15kg in total; duffle bags are preferred as they are easier to load in the helicopter. Should the guests have excess luggage, it can be safely stored at the hanger whilst the guests are on Orpheus. Be aware that in some instances
    we may ask guests to re-pack into a duffle bag if their hard cases don’t fit in the helicopter.

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