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3 spots for your perfect island picnic

Morris EscapesTeam 3·1 Jun, 2024

Degustations are nice. Long lunches are fine. But nothing says, ‘I’m on holidays’ more than a secluded island picnic on the Great Barrier Reef.

While staying at Orpheus Island Lodge, a chef-prepared picnic can be prepared for any adventure – whether you’re bundling your basket into a kayak for a paddle, venturing to a private cove in one of the motorised dinghies, or hitching a ride in a helicopter.

This is not your average sandwich picnic, either. With a Japanese theme, you’ll find chicken katsu sandos, soba noodle salad, seafood, and a sweet of the day in your gourmet hamper, accompanied by fruits and cheese.

Make the most of nature’s dining room, like at least half of all guests do, and include an island picnic at one of these secluded spots during your stay.

Yanks Jetty

Anchor up on the sand to enjoy a lazy island picnic at Yanks Jetty on the south-west side of Orpheus Island (Goolboddi). Serving as a reminder of Australia’s involvement in the World Wars, the jetty was used as a station to demagnetise American ships and submarines, protecting them from mines in the surrounding waters. There’s a bush camping site here, which means you’ll also find a composting toilet, picnic tables, and plenty of shade.

Yanks Jetty

Sandy Bay

This island picnic spot is tide-dependent, but closer to Orpheus Island Lodge if you’re keen to kayak your way to lunch. Don’t forget your snorkelling gear!

Sandy Bay

Havannah Island

Rock stars have riders. On Orpheus Island, you have helicopter-access-only island picnics. Climb aboard a helicopter for a lunch date like no other, where you’ll be set up with a picnic blanket and umbrella on the shores of the reef. You won’t find any residents on Havannah Island – the southernmost island of the Palm Island group – instead, picturesque green hills and fringing reef glinting through turquoise waters

Havannah Island

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