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Orpheus Island is an unspoilt national park with an 11-kilometre-long coastline, while the turquoise waters around it are part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The island lies only 80 kilometres north of Townsville, but is generally reached by a one-hour helicopter transfer from Cairns Airport, flying over the picturesque coral-studded sea, and spectacular Hinchinbrook Island. Its birdlife includes: orange-footed scrubfowl, yellow-bellied sunbird, sea eagle, osprey, Brahminy kite, reef heron, egret and cockatoo; black tip reef shark are seen offshore.

The island’s key attraction is the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands covers an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: manta ray, humpback whale, green turtle, short-beaked echidna, orange-footed scrubfowl
  • Where: Northern Queensland, Australia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Northern Queensland in Style

Northern Queensland boasts an astonishing diversity of habitat, flora and fauna. This distinctive journey visits iconic locations such as the Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef and the Outback, to see the best of this rugged land while staying in unabashed comfort at the finest accommodation.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Orpheus Island Resort

Occupying an idyllic location on Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef, surrounded by the clear turquoise waters of the Coral Sea, this exclusive, secluded island hideaway accommodates no more than 28 guests at a time in relaxed and indulgent luxury with the highest standards of service.