Orpheus Island: Discover Australia’s Hidden Holiday Paradise

Jonah Andersson 01/22/2012
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Escape to an island paradise rich in wildlife and very much secret to the outside world. The secluded Orpheus Island in Australia will make you instantly forget the pressures of modern day life as you relax in the peaceful surroundings. A sparsely populated national park surrounded by glistening turquoise waters, Orpheus offers a luxury holiday like no other.

Orpheus was a legendary musician of Ancient Greek myth who it is told could charm even stones to life with his music and such a name is certainly befitting of this beautiful, colourful and vibrant island.

Orpheus caters for a maximum of just 42 guests in stylish accommodation along the beachfront. For the ultimate luxury Australia holiday stay in the contemporary chic beachfront suite. A unique ambience is created by the unique balance between luxury, sanctuary and modernity with a focus on comfort and uncluttered minimalism. The interior is decorated with natural colour schemes featuring blonde timbers and crisp white linens providing a cool and calm place to unwind. To complete the scene how about a private terrace boasting panoramic views; the perfect place for enjoying a cool drink as you watch the sunset over the Coral Sea. A gourmet mini bar, King-sized bed, LED television and Daintree Essentials guest amenities complete the luxurious aesthetic.

Located within the majestic waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus offers an exceptional diving experience.  Home to 1,100 of the 1,500 species fish on the reef, 340 of the 359 varieties of hard corals and one of the region’s largest collections of soft corals you are sure to be stunned by this beautiful underwater world. The best way to explore the beauty of this World Heritage listed Marine Park is on an instructor-led barrier reef diving adventure. Choose from two scuba diving experiences which are guaranteed to be a highlight of your holiday. Spend half a day discovering the unique dive sites of the surrounding Palm Island Group with its enormous marine biodiversity. Visit one or two dive sites teeming with reef fish, turtles, manta rays and an endless variety of marine invertebrates before heading out for a relaxing afternoon tea.

Alternatively, embark on a full day diving excursion to the mid-outer reef considered to have some of the finest and most exotic dive sites in the world. Visit two or three spectacular sites and be stunned by the myriad of marine life. Depending on the time of year you may also see turtles, humpback whales and manta rays.

The Great Barrier Reef is a fisherman’s playground and the local waters surrounding Orpheus provide some of the most sought after reef and game fishing the in the world. Join skipper Rob Eddie on a fishing expedition of a lifetime and the opportunity to catch an excellent array of table fish including Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Mackerel, Emperor Fish and Giant Trevally. After a day’s fishing journey ashore to a secluded beach where your fish can be grilled on an open fire or why not have your catch prepared by the chef and served to you over dinner at the lodge restaurant.

Dining on Orpheus Island is a gastronomic indulgence like no other. Seated in the relaxed open air restaurant with beautiful views across the ocean, guests can enjoy an exciting selection of Australia’s finest cuisine. Experienced chefs prepare a new menu daily based on local produce and seasonal availabilities. Fresh seafood is naturally a speciality and is prepared to an exceptional standard. Orpheus also hosts renowned guest chefs which incorporate their own special dishes with the fresh local ingredients.

Orpheus Island is a remote and beautiful retreat just off the coast of Northern Queensland in Australia. Stunning scenery, dedicated staff and a perennial climate make this place the ideal destination for a luxury holiday down under.

 

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