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Discover a world below, and hear the reef’s greatest stories

Museum of Underwater Art

Orpheus Island Lodge is one of only five commercial tourism operators that has access to Townsville’s newest tourism attraction the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA). Guests staying at Orpheus can take a private charter boat to the ‘Coral Greenhouse’ at John Brewer Reef, a dive site which features around 20 installations by world-renowned underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor submerged to a depth of around 18 metres.

Guests can be inspired as they experience the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef with a new and thought-provoking encounter at the Museum of Underwater Art. The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Situated in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 32NM from Orpheus Island Lodge, MOUA offers a contemporary platform to share the stories of the reef, and the culture of its First Nations people, as well as spark a meaningful conversation and solution to reef conservation.

The museum was conceptualised by world famous underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor with installations already in place on The Strand and at John Brewer Reef – approximately 80 kilometres off the coast. A further two locations are planned at Magnetic and Palm Islands, with community consultation currently underway.

The ‘Coral Greenhouse’ is located in the heart of the Greater Barrier Reef Marine Park at John Brewer Reef and is the largest MOUA installation, sharing a message of reef conservation and restoration.

Weighing more than 58 tonnes, the ‘Coral Greenhouse’ is filled with 20 reef guardians who are propagating coral spreading the message of reef conservation.

Fast facts:

  • Made from stainless steel and pH-neutral materials to complement natural coral growth
  • John Brewer Reef, located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, is a naturally-formed reef, with some weather protection, 10-15metre visibility, natural coral walls and a flat sandy base
  • For thousands of years the Wulgurukaba people and other groups paddled these waters trading along the coast between tribal groups. These people had an intimate understanding of their environment, the seasons and the spirituality behind it all.
  • The reef was named after a troop ship named John Brewer sailing from Sydney to India in 1842.

Orpheus Island Lodge is one of only five commercial tourism operators that will be offering tours to the ‘Coral Greenhouse’ at John Brewer Reef.


Tour pricing and inclusions:

$3,000 / 8 hours, 4 guests

  • Full Day Charter – approx. 9am to 5pm
  • Double or single dive, plus opportunity for fishing
  • All charters come with a skipper, host/guide, lunch, dive equipment and refreshments
  • Charter price can be split between guests
  • All charters are weather dependent
  • $3,000 / 8 hrs, 4 guests
  • Additional guide $300, additional guests $100pp