coral reefs and eucalypt forests

Experience the Great Barrier Reef from a tropical island surrounded by 1,300 hectares of pristine national park and coral reefs. At around 11km long and 1km wide, the completely vehicle-free island offers an unspoilt encounter with iconic Australian eucalypt forests, beautiful bushwalks and scenic lookouts.

  • Comfortable self-contained accommodation sleeps up to 60 people
  • Fully air-conditioned 50-seat lecture facility, wet and dry laboratories and a library
  • Super-fast broadband internet available free of charge
  • Walking and snorkelling at your door step
  • Snorkel  gear available and more sunscreen and insect repellent than you can poke a stick at


marine, estuarine, and terrestrial ecosystems

Orpheus Island offers an embarrassment of riches to marine, estuarine, and terrestrial research. Researchers visit the Station to study the well-developed fringing and mid-shelf reefs, mangroves, hundreds of species of fish and corals, sponges, and the eucalypt forests that dominate the island’s inland regions. Our lab and research facilities include:

  • State-of-the-art saltwater systems
  • Larval and algal research facilities
  • Temperature controlled rooms with access to heated seawater, chilled seawater, filtered seawater, raw seawater & air reticulation
  • Dry lab for microscopic analysis of specimens, chemical preparation/use and data input
  • Wet lab for animal/plant dissections, sorting of samples and use of formalin and preserving alcohol
  • 50-seat air-conditioned lecture theatre


Orpheus Island is for you

We cater for school groups, university classes and collaborating research institutions.

  • Field trips for primary and secondary students
  • Snorkelling and walking trips to suit your needs with a full suite of snorkelling gear
  • Bring your school group to watch our scientists at work or create your own research project to conduct at the Station
  • Get up close and personal with 3,000 giant clams in the clam garden just metres from the Station’s doorstep
  • Evenings are for spotlighting: find green tree frogs, carpet pythons, and even bandicoots all living in and around the Station


accomodation and work-areas

The Orpheus Island Research Station is available to educators, researchers, and students. Get away from it all without sacrificing modern comforts.

  • Dormitory accommodation with communal entertainment areas for for up to 60 people
  • Communal commercial kitchens, two large outdoor BBQs and hammocks available for all guests
  • Bathroom and shower facilities
  • Wet and dry laboratories
  • Wifi internet at no extra charge
  • Wet and dry labs, saltwater systems, temp controlled labs for research

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