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Our Philosophy

We are passionate about making a positive contribution to the local environment and community. We believe that turning a profit and supporting these two areas can go hand-in-hand so we are actively working to improve the social and environmental conditions in the spaces where we operate and beyond.

Sustainability is not just a word that we toss around for brownie points with our guests. It is a concept that is at the core of who we are as a business.

Our approach at Orpheus Island:


Without a healthy local environment we would have nothing. Managing our impact on this fragile ecosystem is a responsibility we place on ourselves as guardians of our local environment. We do this through impact minimisation initiatives on site, investing in research and management programs to support the reef, educating our guests and providing an opportunity for people to reconnect to nature.


We are a family business therefore our culture is that of family values. Our employees live in isolation on an island so they become family to one another. A happy family means happy customers and so we strive to create a workplace that is healthy, supportive, caring and rewarding.


We see an environmentally, socially and economically diverse and healthy community as a key part of our business success. To support the local community our foundation supports projects that aim to generate sustainable employment in the region, as well as provide training and support to young indigenous Australians who we aim to become a part of our future workforce.


We want to work with our industry to learn and encourage change. We aim to invest in innovative projects that support the health of the reef and subsequently, the diverse tourism industry in Queensland. We do this by working with Governments, philanthropy, community groups and other tourism operators for better outcomes in the region.

The Morris Family Foundation

The Morris Family Foundation is a private charitable foundation investing in projects and organisations with meaningful social, economic and environmental impact both at home in Australia and internationally.

Learn more about the foundation and its initiatives.

Sustainability at Orpheus Island

Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism Property & Climate Action Business
Orpheus Island Lodge is proud to be a Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism Property and Climate Action Business, having been awarded these titles by demonstrating best practice for our efforts to minimise our footprint and operate with minimal impact on the environment while contributing to conserving the local environment and helping local communities. We have made a commitment to minimising our impacts on climate change through energy and emission reduction strategies.

At Orpheus we believe in indulgence with a conscience. We want our guests to experience true luxury without having a negative effect on the natural environment so that places like the Great Barrier Reef are here for future generations to come.

In line with our philosophy we have implemented a number of sustainable measures to ensure an eco-sensitive aura pervades the island.

  • Eradication of harmful fauna and flora
  • Replanting of lost species of flora
  • Introduction of chickens which lay eggs daily for chef use
  • Solar hot water servicing all guest accommodation
  • A state-of-the-art waste water treatment plant that allows 100% of the water to be recycled and used for irrigation and watering
  • A sustainable veggie patch which provides our chefs with a constant supply of fresh produce for guest meals
  • A commitment to energy and water saving initiatives, which will be continually monitored by management
  • The introduction of recycling and composting of waste
  • Where possible, a commitment to sourcing local, organic, free range and fair trade produce and products

We are committed to continually improving the sustainability of the island and look forward to keeping you updated on the progress.