Orpheus Island Lodge

Orpheus Island Lodge
Orpheus Island, Australia

Orpheus Island Lodge is a rare island hideaway of exceptional beauty located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled in a sheltered bay on the western-side of the island, the lodge is dotted along a ribbon of serene beach and boasts Coral Sea views, languid breezes and spectacular sunsets. Orpheus showcases a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Stretching across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline, in 1960 the 1,368 hectare island was declared a National Park and the surrounding waters deemed a World Heritage-listed Marine Park.

The island boasts vibrant marine life: tropical fish, hard and soft corals, playful dolphins, manta rays, dugongs, green turtles and when in-season, families of humpback whales. Forests and woodlands play home to native mammals, reptiles and birds which can be seen and heard throughout the forests.

Sustainability Focuses

Clean Energy
  • Orpheus Island Lodge is primarily solar-powered with battery storage and a backup generator on standby only.
  • Solar hot water servicing all guest accommodation.
  • Partnered with Greenfleet to offset the carbon emissions of guests’ helicopter flights to Orpheus Island Lodge. Greenfleet utilises offset donations to plant a variety of native trees in permanent forests across Australia and New Zealand that help to reduce salinity and soil erosion, provide essential habitat for native wildlife and offer much needed resilience.
Community
  • Supporting the Australian Marine Conservation Society in their ‘Good Fish’ project, that promotes sustainable consumption of Australian seafood.
  • Aiming to keep the oceans clean by supporting organisations such as the Boomerang Alliance and Tangaroa Blue Foundation in their efforts to remove and prevent marine waste.
  • Supporting the anti-straw movement to help clean up our oceans – paper straws are available upon request.
  • Host Deep Dive – an annual event to share best practices in reef preservation.
  • Support Ganbina’s ‘Journey 2 Jobs’ program, that assists Indigenous Australians in obtaining an education and gaining meaningful employment.
  • Believe in equitable education and are a strong supporter of One Girl, a charity with the goal of educating one million girls across Africa to assist in their personal development and the sustainable development of the community at large.
  • Commissioned custom made bags from social enterprise ‘Bibi and Me’ made by vulnerable single mothers in Nakuru Kenya as a beach basket for Orpheus guests, with the option to purchase them from the boutique.
Conservation
  • Donating $50 per guest stay to the Morris Family Foundation Reef Keepers Fund, supporting projects that protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Keepers Fund has funded research and protection initiatives run by James Cook University, World Wildlife Fundand the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
  • Eradication of harmful species and replanting of lost plant species.
Fair Food
  • An on-site veggie patch which provides the chefs with a constant supply of fresh produce for guest meals and chickens which lay eggs daily for chef use. This helps to minimise the carbon footprint by reducing the distance from farm to table.
  • Committed to recycling and divert food waste from landfill where possible.
  • 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.
Waste Control
  • The removal of single use in-room amenities to reduce excess plastic waste. Introduction of washable slippers made from 100% recyclable materials and refillable toiletry dispensers.
  • Provide stainless steel water bottles and ceramic Keep Cups as an environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic water bottles and takeaway coffee cups.
  • Sell rashies that are made from recycled plastics, with any profits from purchase going to the Reef Keepers fund.
Water Management
  • The installation of a water treatment plant that allows 100% of the water to be recycled and used for irrigation and watering.

Accommodation

14 contemporary suites
all facing beachfront

Facilities

Spa
Beaches and pools
Pavillon
Library
Game room
Dive shop
Wifi

Activities

Catamaran
Paddle Boarding
Kayaking
Sailing
Walking tracks
Eco-educational dive and snorkel
Research Station Tour

Directions

Orpheus lies 80km northeast of Townsville amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Located within the Palm Island archipelago, Orpheus is easily accessible by helicopter and is a 30 minute journey from Townsville or a 90 minute private charter from Cairns over the coral-studded sea. Due to helicopter weight restrictions, passengers are requested to bring a small, soft duffle bag up to a maximum weight of 15kg in total.
Learn how Orpheus Island Lodge is offsetting the carbon emissions of helicopter flights in their Sustainable Focuses “Clean Energy”.

Climate

Orpheus has a warm tropical climate with an average temperature of 29°C year-round. The water temperature varies between 21°C in the winter and 29°C in the summer. From May to October, the weather is dominated by blue skies, warm days and pleasant nights.
During the green season, November to April, guests will experience warmer days/nights and bursts of monsoon rains. As tropical cyclones can threaten our region, Orpheus has a seasonal closure from late January to early March each year.

Good to Know

Orpheus’ local 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 some of the region’s largest collections of soft corals. The pristine outer reefs are approximately 75 minutes from the lodge by boat.

Wellness

Gwandalan means ‘rest and peace’ in the Aboriginal language. As the name suggests, peace guides every element of the spa whilst each treatment aims to restore balance and wellness. Embracing the principals of modern and indigenous herbalism, aromatherapy and touch therapy, each ritual is inspired by traditional Aboriginal techniques and reflects the tranquility and uninterrupted beauty of the endless surrounding seas.

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