Great Barrier Reef

Orpheus Island Lodge


Barrier Reef haven

On a pristine national park island surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, reached by helicopter and shared only with a research station, Orpheus Island Lodge is a tropical haven.

There are just 14 chic, contemporary suites, all facing the beachfront and swaying palms, including a two-bedroom villa set up for families and larger suites with enclosed terraces ideal for honeymooners.

Days here are all about exploring the fringing reef and coves by small boat, kayak or paddleboards and hopping on private charters to dive down on the outer reefs. Between all the adventure, enjoy a menu of fresh Queensland produce and indulge in the Gwandalan Spa, which takes it name from ‘peaceful rest’ in the Aboriginal language.


At a glance

  • 14 rooms and suites

  • Swimming pool

  • Restaurant and bar

  • Spa

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    Explore the clear azure water surrounding Orpheus, see the many species of reef corals and fish in an incredible array of colours with unlimited use of snorkelling equipment during your stay. Guided snorkelling tours to the many nearby spots on the Great Barrier Reef are run as one of the daily signature experiences on the island.

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    Motorised dinghies are available to explore the many neighbouring beaches, go snorkelling or try your luck at fishing. Take a chef-prepared picnic and find the perfect sheltered bay for an intimate private lunch. Or join a pre-dinner sunset cruise and observe the sun's setting rays over paradise with a side of canapés and Australian drinks.

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    Kayaking and SUPs

    Take a kayak out to explore the mangroves just off the shore. You can also try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding and enjoy a bit of light exercise while taking in the scenery.


Orpheus are passionate about preserving the reef that makes your stay so special. The Reef Keepers Fund is an environmental fund created by the Morris Group that supports projects and organisations that are committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef. A$50 per guest stay is donated towards environmental projects aimed at protecting and preserving the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem with donations granted to different organisations working on projects that protect the reef.

The Reef Keepers Fund has supported projects that have helped build research, awareness and education surrounding reef sustainability, and has helped combat issues like climate change, water pollution, crown-of-thorn outbreaks, clearing of forests and plastic pollution.

Community & Culture

Orpheus’ parent company, the Morris Group, supports community projects through its philanthropic foundation the Morris Family Foundation. These include Ganbina’s ‘Journey 2 Jobs’ program in nearby Townsville which assists Indigenous Australians in obtaining an education and gaining meaningful employment. They also support One Girl, a charity with the goal of educating and empowering one million girls across Africa, and Kenyan social enterprise ‘Bibi and Me’.


Following the installation of 810 gleaming solar panels on the hill behind the lodge, Orpheus Island Lodge is primarily solar-powered with battery storage and a backup generator on standby only.

Solar hot water servicing all guest accommodation and water treatment that allows 100% of the water to be recycled and used for irrigation and watering

An on-site veggie patch and chickens provide chefs with a constant supply of fresh produce for guest meals. Orpheus works with local suppliers in the Far North Queensland region to source local, organic, free-range, fair trade, biodynamic and sustainably-farmed produce and products. This all helps to minimise the lodge’s carbon footprint by reducing the distance from farm to table.

The Northern Escape Collection offsets the carbon emissions of guests’ helicopter flights to Orpheus Island Lodge.

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