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The station has six raceways that are plumbed into the filtered, unfiltered saltwater and air system. Each raceway measures internally 5,865 mm x 640 mm x 510 mm with a capacity to hold up to 1,914 litres.

Water is pumped in at one end at a rate up to 100 litres per minute and is drained out at the opposite end before being returned via the saltwater system to the ocean. Two of the raceways (C1 and C2) are reserved exclusively for use with corals. The remaining four raceways can be used for a variety of research project types.

Located on the southern end of the raceway area is two circular tanks with a capacity to hold 2,900 litres. Water is pumped in on the outer edge and drained from the centre giving a circular flow at a rate of up to 100 litre per minute.

Orpheus Island


The Orpheus Island Research Station actively seeks volunteers to assist with station duties throughout the year. See our Volunteer Program webpage for further information.

Research Station

Orpheus Island Research Station provides a range of excellent facilities to suit both research and educational groups.

Using the Station