8 Day Rainforest + Reef + Outback

Exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and the wonders of the Outback
Orpheus Island
Daintree Eco Lodge
Mount Mulligan

8 Day Rainforest + Reef + Outback

This Northern Escape Collection is a curated portfolio of sustainable boutique lodges and experiences that celebrate Queensland’s diverse natural beauty in one bespoke journey. Inspiring authentic experiences and lasting memories, discover a secluded island paradise on the Great Barrier Reef (Orpheus Island Lodge), a soul-enriching retreat in the Daintree Rainforest (Daintree Ecolodge), and invoke the spirit of adventure in the outback (Mt Mulligan Lodge). A private helicopter charter service provides unrivalled access to the three boutique lodges

Duration: 9 days

Starts: Cairns

Finishes: Cairns

+ Absolute Chauffer Inclusions:
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • All airport transfers
  • Dedicated Travel designer
  • Full In-Country Support
Your Experiences:
  1. Signature Experiences at Orpheus Island
Your Locations:
  1. Cairns
  2. Townsville
  3. Orpheus Island
  4. The Daintree Rainforest

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Travel to Orpheus Island

Access to Orpheus is via a 90min helicopter journey from Cairns over the picturesque coral-studded sea.

Arrive on Orpheus Island in style by helicopter after a 90-minute flight from Cairns.

Located just 80km | 49mi north of Townsville, amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the island stretches across 11km | 6.8mi of immaculate turquoise coastline and comprises of a pristine national park and surrounding World Heritage-listed marine park.  The newly renovated lodge accommodates just 28 indulged guests at any one time, ensuring absolute seclusion and serenity!

Your Stay Includes: 3 nights of tropical isle accommodation • All gourmet meals • A selection of quality wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks • A daily curated Orpheus experience – local snorkel, sunset cruise, guided hike, cocktail class, low tide walk, wine tasting, and whale watching (when in season) • Unlimited use of motorised dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks, catamaran, snorkelling equipment and light fishing gear

Orpheus Island
Relax on Orpheus

Relax, you are on holiday. At Orpheus everything has been taken care of.

With its unique location set amongst the pristine Great Barrier Reef, there are boundless opportunities to explore the island and surroundings and experience many once-in-a-lifetime moments. In addition to all the diving and snorkelling your heart desires, you can take a private charter out on the reef and try your hand at fishing. Or how about a helicopter drop-off on secluded Havannah Island with a gourmet hamper for a romantic picnic?


Explore the Great Barrier Reef

At Orpheus, there is an adventure for everyone.

Try Something New…


Motorised dinghies are available for guests to explore the many neighbouring beaches, go snorkelling or try your luck at fishing. Take a chef-prepared picnic and find the perfect sheltered bay for an intimate private lunch.


Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding and enjoy a bit of light exercise while taking in the scenery. You might even be lucky enough to see a green turtle.


Take out one of the island’s catamarans and venture out into the surrounding waters of the sheltered bay of Orpheus Island. The conditions around Orpheus are perfect for sailing.


Guests can take a kayak and explore the mangroves just off the shore, within the sheltered bay.


Explore the clear azure blue water surrounding Orpheus, and see the many species of reef corals and fish in an incredible array of colours. Enjoy unlimited use of snorkelling equipment during your stay. Venture to the many nearby snorkelling spots on the Great Barrier Reef including the protected Giant Clam Garden just in the bay. Guided snorkelling tours to the local fringing reefs are one of the daily signature experiences on the island.

Snorkel Great Barrier Reef
Transfer to Daintree Ecolodge

Fly to Cairns and Transfer to Daintree National Park Rainforest

Daintree Ecolodge is located in the middle of the Daintree National Park Rainforest. This boutique lodge has a day spa and an on-site restaurant, which overlooks the freshwater lagoon. Each of the 15 villas/bayans has a fully screened balcony with stunning views of the surrounding rainforest. The Rainforest Villa features a freestanding bathtub on the balcony. The day spa at Daintree Ecolodge offers a range of treatments from massages to facials. The Julaymba restaurant offers contemporary Australian cuisine, served in the lodges.

Your Stay Includes: 2 nights rainforest accommodation • Daily a la carte breakfast at the Julaymba Restaurant • 1 x lunch picnic hamper or 1 course a la carte lunch in the Julaymba Restaurant • 3-course dinner at the Julaymba Restaurant, two evenings • A selection of quality wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks • ‘A Walk Through Time’ rainforest walk, one morning.

Explore the Beautiful Daintree

Take in the Majesty of the Ancient Tropical Wilderness

Wake up to the sound of the birds in the canopy above, take in the majesty of the ancient tropical wilderness and discover the Ecolodge’s private and pristine waterfall on a leisurely walk through the enchanting rainforest.

Unique activities on offer include river drift snorkelling down Mossman River, cultural adventures, gourmet lunch hampers for a romantic picnic, helicopter flights, sunset sailing, guided rainforest walks, or perhaps just enjoying ultimate relaxation at the Daintree Wellness Spa.

Mount Mulligan Lodge

Mt Mulligan Lodge is a 35min helicopter journey from Cairns

Access to Mt Mulligan Lodge is via a 35min helicopter journey from Cairns, providing sweeping aerial views of the 180 million-year-old Daintree Rainforest, the lush Atherton Tablelands and the rugged terrain that surrounds the majestic Mount Mulligan itself.

Mount Mulligan Lodge

Designed to showcase the best of the outback, Mt. Mulligan Lodge is situated on a private 28,000-hectare heritage site in Queensland, offering boutique accommodation at the foot of majestic Ngarrabullgan (Mount Mulligan). Accommodating just 20 guests at any one time, this award-winning retreat is part of the Northern Escape Collection (along with Orpheus Island Lodge), a curated portfolio of intimate and sustainable lodges that celebrate the state’s diverse natural beauty.

Your Stay Includes:  3 nights outback accommodation • All rustic but refined meals • A selection of quality wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks • A swag of outback experiences – ATV adventure, sunset drinks, tour of historic Mount Mulligan township and coal mine, stargazing or 4WD safari to Tyrconnell Gold Mine • Unlimited use of paddle boards, kayaks, electric buggy and light fishing gear.

Mount Mulligan Lodge
Relax at Mount Mulligan

Relax, you are on holiday. At Mount Mulligan everything has been taken care of.

Every guestroom gets its own electric buggy for whizzing about the property, perhaps to the weir for a try at barramundi fishing, or over to the Sunset Bar to grab a drink and watch Mount Mulligan blushing in every shade of pink.

Relax and unwind in the outdoor bath with only the sweet sounds of nature all around.

Relaxing at Muligan Station
Adventure at Mount Mulligan Station

At Mount Mulligan, there is an adventure for everyone.

A range of experiences have been designed to make the surrounding landscape and its fascinating history come to life. These include exploration of the historic Mount Mulligan coal mine and abandoned township, guided tours of Tyrconnell Gold Mine, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) adventures, chef-prepared picnic hampers, barramundi fishing, scenic helicopter flights, guided nature walks and the chance to experience the operations of a working cattle station.

Kayaking Mulligan Station
Jaime Boyce - Travel Designer
Jaimee, OUR ABSOLUTE NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL DESIGNER SAYS: “This Northern Escape Collection of lodges is the highlight of Tropical North Queensland. But even better these lodges are located in arguably the best and most diverse regions of Queensland.”

Ready to find out more? Talk to one of our friendly travel designers about his tour. We guarantee you it will be the experience of a lifetime!


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