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Located on Australia’s World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island is situated between Cairns and Townsville and is surrounded by 1,300 hectares of unspoilt national park. Fringed by coral reefs and covered by national park, Orpheus Island is a paradise for nature lovers.
The laidback lifestyle and relaxed atmosphere that exists on Orpheus Island is perfectly complimented by the vibrant marine life that call the waters around the island home. The colourful species that reside in these waters total some 1,100 fish and 340 of the 350 known coral species. Large coral bommies can also be found in Little Pioneer Bay, Cattle Bay and the Yank’s Jetty area.
Orpheus Island is just 11 km long and roughly 1 km wide, making it ideal for exploring on foot. With the majority of the island and hills covered in iconic Australian eucalypt forests, there are plenty of beautiful bushwalks and scenic lookouts to discover. With no vehicles required to interrupt the peace, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and the tranquil sound of bird calls.
Accessible by scenic seaplane transfers from Townsville, Orpheus Island is surrounded by the azure waters of the Coral Sea. As soon as you arrive on the island, it’s clear that tranquillity, nature, beauty and relaxation are the focus here. Without the disruption of modern technology or day tourists, visitors are free to enjoy the island in private.
So near to the Great Barrier Reef, day trips from Orpheus Island to the outer reef is a popular activity where you can snorkel or scuba dive. However, the simplicity of life on Orpheus Island is its true beauty with most days spent picnicking lazily on the private beaches or perched under the shade of a tree with a good book and perhaps a cocktail. Orpheus Island is a peaceful and romantic escape unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
Hamilton Island - Fringing the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of 74 islands that make up Queensland’s Whitsunday region. The beautiful natural environment of the island features warm sunny weather, pristine beaches, vast coral reefs and native plants and animals. There are plenty of activities to enjoy including Great Barrier Reef cruises, a visit to the crisp white sand of Whitehaven Beach and snorkelling or diving the colourful reefs. There are also a fantastic range of facilities including day spas, golf courses, fine dining and an extensive selection of wines allowing you to indulge in all the finer things.
Whitsunday Islands - The Whitsunday Islands are a beautiful collection of islands off the Queensland coast. Located in the Coral Sea, the islands are central to the iconic Great Barrier Reef and offers amazing experiences in a beautiful World Heritage listed natural environment. The waters are crystal clear making them ideal for snorkelling and diving and Whitehaven Beach is a must see attraction for its brilliant white sand. There are also a range of tours available from a scenic fly over of the famous heart-shaped reef to the fascinating walk along the Ngaro Sea Trail where you can learn about the traditional owners of the land.