Orpheus Island lies off the coast of Ingham in North Queensland, some 80km northwest of Townsville. It is about 11 km long and about 1km wide and parts of the island can be accessed via walking tracks. Much of the island is National Park, except for a marine research station and the small, exclusive Orpheus Island Resort.
The island is volcanic in origin, and the vegetation is varied, ranging from grasslands to rainforest. It is a haven for many types of birds and the waters surrounding it have some particularly fine reefs.
The exclusive resort caters for those searching for peace and quiet: there are no televisions or telephones in the rooms and there is a "no children" policy. Luckily you don’t have to miss your favourite TV show - there is a TV lounge for guests to use.
Complimentary activities at the resort include catamarans, motor dinghies, canoes, snorkelling and fishing gear, guided walks and tennis. Also available are reef trips, game fishing, seaplane charters and sunset cruises.
Photo courtesy of Queensland Tourism.