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Famous as a resort since the 1930 Orpheus Island is a favorite retreat for the well travelled and discerning. Just 120 km (75 miles) north of Townsville. Orpheus is the second largest of the Palm Group of Islands. It's craggy terrain hides sheltered bays, lagoons and seven wonderful beaches.
Enjoy the best of The Great Barrier Reef. The whole island was declared a national park in 1979 and there's a marine research station at Pioneer Bay, which gives you an indication of the importance of the area. The fringing reefs on the north east and north west are great for snorkelling and diving. The island boasts 1100 species of fish, 340 species of coral, playful dolphins, and in season offers the exhilarating experience of sighting families of humpback whales.
Take a boat trip to Zoe Bay at Hinchinbrook Island, or explore the uninhabited islands of the Palm Island Group. There is a diving school on Orpheus and you couldn't wish for a better place to learn. The wide variety of vegetation includes rainforest, eucalypts and wild orchids. There's more than 50 species of birds. Giant turtles nest regularly on the beaches.
How to get to Orpheus Island.
The easiest way is by seaplane available four times a week from Townsville, or from Cairns three times a week. Helicopters can also be chartered from Townsville.
Telephone 61-77 777 377.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|