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Only 11 km long and about 1 km wide and part of the Palm Islands, is Orpheus Island, surrounded by fringing reefs, with a range of mid-shelf reefs nearby. Sand and mud bottoms separate the reefs. Pioneer Bay’s is a 400 metre-wide sand and rubble intertidal reef flat, directly in front of the Research Station, and supports a diverse fauna. The shoreline includes stands of mangrove forest dominated by Rhizophora, sandy beaches backed by strand vegetation, sand and boulder beaches, and steep rock faces. The 1,300 ha island is dominated by eucalypt forest, with patches of other forest types and grassland. The variety of habitats, including the continental shelf waters, make the Palm Islands area of major significance.

There are some spectacular views from the walking track that start track from Hazard Bay to the seaward side of the island across open grassland, eucalypt woodland and cool moist rain-forested gullies.

Most of the island is managed by the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, with the exception of the small Orpheus Island Resort, nestled in the sheltered Hazard Bay on the western mainland side of the island. The resort has 30 rooms, studios and beach bungalows, where you can take a stroll to the beach for a lunch time picnic, relax in front your cabin gently swinging in your hammock, then prepare to dine under the stars on the jetty.

In the Palm Island Group, just 24 km off the mainland coast, between Townsville and Cardwell. 190 km south of Cairns, 80 km north of Townsville, 20 km east of Ingham.

Seaplane from Townsville, Cardwell, Cairns.

Resort accommodates up to 66 guests.

Check out our listing of Orpheus Island accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Orpheus Island Resort
Private Mail Bag 15
Ph: 07 4777 7377
Freecall: 1800 077 167 (within Australia)
Fax: 07 4777 7533
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