I’ll admit it. There was a short period of time during my own wedding preparations where I started to dream of an island elopement, just the two of us in an idyllic paradise. I have no regrets that this never materialised, though I do have a soft-spot for the idea of escaping the hustle and bustle, taking a few close friends and family, and saying “I Do” on a remote beach.
Orpheus Island is that place. Located just 80km north of Townsville amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus is a secluded island stretching across 11km of immaculate coastline, boasting 1,368 hectares of pristine National Park and a World Heritage-listed Marine Park.
With options to exchange vows on the beach, the stunning pavilion terrace alongside the infinity pool or with a ceremony on the pier against the Coral Sea backdrop – this is the perfect location to elope or celebrate with up to 34 guests.
For the foodies (hands up!), the menu would be designed by resident Head Chef Arie Prabowo (from the esteemed Botanical Restaurant in Melbourne), and the experience that caught my eye was their signature dining experience “Dining With The Tides”. Couples can enjoy a private dinner on the pier backlit by the sun’s setting rays over the Coral Sea. Your intimate dinner will be served under a starlit canopy and minimal interruptions will ensure a unique and romantic dining experience. This is the stuff of dreams!
With plenty of activities to keep you busy, such as fishing, visiting neighbouring islands, snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the secluded beach, Orpheaus Island can tailor packages to your interests.