The waters around Orpheus are home to to 1,100 known species of fish and 340 of the 350 known species of reef coral.
Take a snorkel in our clam garden and watch them shoot water into the air at low tide.
Our self-contained facilities can accommodate up to 60 people at any one time.
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
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
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
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
Location & Contact
- Call us on 07 4781 3480 If calling internationally, dial +61747813480
- Facebook link find us on Facebook
- Twitter account @jcuoirs on Twitter
- VHF channels 72 or 16
Orpheus Island Research Station
PO Box 4
Halifax 4850 QLD
The pickup point is located at 1 Denny Street, Dungeness.
Our catamaran the Challenger IV will ferry you from Lucinda, Queensland, in just 45 mins.