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Nature & Wildlife

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is composed of 2,900 reefs and 900 islands. The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,300 km and is the only living thing on earth that can be seen from space. The underwater world is home to more than 1,500 fish species, 10% of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.  Above the water, there are so many wildlife species residing on Orpheus and surrounding islands.

Over the last 20 years, the Great Barrier Reef has been faced with many threats that have compromised the health and sustainability of the reef. Climate change, water pollution and over-fishing have had severe impacts on the underwater ecosystem. Find out about the steps taken by Orpheus Island Lodge to preserve our precious reef.


Creatures of the Great Barrier Reef

Manta Rays

Manta Rays are truly friendly creatures of the reef. These harmless creatures have a toothless mouth and are free of the sharp barb, making them the perfect swimming buddy.

Humpback Whales

During the winter months of June through to September, Humpback whales grace the waters of the Great Barrier Reef with their presence.

Reef Sharks

Generally a reclusive species, the Reef Sharks of the Great Barrier Reef feed on small fish and stay clear of humans. Reef Sharks can be found swimming in the shallow waters of the reef, but are nothing to be scared of!

Australian Snubfin Dolphin

The Australian Snubfin Dolphin is a rare species endemic to northern Australian oceans. The species can be identified by their rounded snouts and can usually be found swimming around the shallow oceans of the Great Barrier Reef.

Tree Frogs

During the wet season, these bright green amphibians make themselves known to Orpheus Island guests.

Green Tree Snakes

Green Tree Snakes are completely harmless and do not pose a threat to humans. This friendly species can grow up to 2 metres long, and can often be spotted dangling from a tree branch around Orpheus Island.


More than 200 bird species can be found soaring over the Great Barrier Reef. Some species to be on bird watch for include the White Bellied Sea Eagles and Brown Falcons that hunt the aquatic animals residing in the reef.


Closely related to a rabbit, these small marsupials can only be found in Australia. The local bandicoots are friendly in nature and will often greet our guests.

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