Orpheus Island fringing reef snorkel, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Orpheus Island is everything an island escape should be. It is a sunny, secluded, luxurious hideaway located on the Great Barrier Reef. Orpheus lies between Cairns and Townsville and is surrounded by 3212 acres (1300 hectares) of unspoilt national park. The island is fringed by coral reefs that make it a haven for snorkelling and diving. Nestled in a sheltered bay on the western-side of the island, Orpheus Island Lodge is the island's only resort and lies without fanfare along a ribbon of serene beach and features laid-back luxury accommodation.
Getting there: Flights to Townsville leave regularly from all major cities. Transfer to Orpheus via a 30 minute helicopter flight with Nautilus Aviation.
Best time to visit: July-October