North Queensland Islands Luxury Indulgence
Extended Luxury Stay
SOLD OUT FOR 2021 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND
Relax and soak up time in paradise on this brilliant 8 night / 9 day indulgence. Four nights in the luxurious 'The Ville Resort-Casino' in Townsville, just a stone's throw from magnificent Magnetic Island, and four nights on the amazing Orpheus Island. You have easy access to go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Outer Reef and a private beach picnic on Magnetic Island, and can indulge your senses on gourmet food, wine and beer with daily curated experiences on Orpheus Island with unlimited access to an array of marine activities.
- 4 nights accommodation at The Ville Resort-Casino
- 4 nights on Orpheus Island in a North Beachfront Room
- Full day Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip
- Return ferry to Magnetic Island, including one day's car hire
- 2 hour private Beach Club Picnic including hamper, beach games, picnic rug, shade and cushions
- Return helicopter transfers from Townsville Airport to Orpheus Island
- Orpheus Island: gourmet meals, a selection of quality wines, beers and soft drinks and all-inclusive mini bar and gourmet snacks
- Orpheus Island: daily curated experience incl snorkelling, fishing, island cruise or nature-based guided activity
- Orpheus Island: unlimited use of motorised dinghies, SUPs, kayaks, catamaran, snorkelling and light fishing gear
- Orpheus Island: 'Dining with the Tides' six course degustation dinner with wine pairings
Day 1 – Arrive Townsville
Fly into Townsville at a time suitable to yourself. Check-in at The Ville Resort-Casino and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Spend the afternoon taking advantage of the numerous facilities available at The Ville, superbly located on the breakwater overlooking Magnetic Island, the Coral Sea and the town centre. Wander the award-winning beachfront, The Strand, exploring the rock pools and water park. Or book a cabana, grab a good book and relax by the pool, with the occasional break to the swim-up Splash Bar for a cocktail or cool drink.
In the evening take a wander down to City Lane, where you will find a great selection of cuisines to indulge your tastebuds and funky bars where you can grab an after-dinner drink.
Overnight: The Ville Resort-Casino, 4 nights
Note: If you require flights to Townsville, our Travel Specialists have access to some of the best rates available and can help you get a great deal by booking on your behalf. Contact us on 1300 765 115 to discuss.
Day 2 – Great Barrier Reef
Head out to the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef with Andrenalin Snorkel & Dive, Townsville’s longest-running diving and snorkelling providers. Visit one of the pristine reefs in this section, chosen on the day based on great coral cover and fish life. See the spectacular marine life whilst being immersed in tropical crystal-clear water.
Their 14-metre custom built vessel has fully shaded areas, sun deck, stabilises, toilet and shower, plus easy access in and out of the water. All snorkelling equipment is provided, and demonstrations and instructions on techniques are included.
Please note, due to Covid 19 restrictions food is not included so pack your own snacks and lunch. Cold water, cordial, tea and coffee are available throughout the trip.
If diving is more your thing, you can upgrade your ticket. For just an additional $90pp, certified divers can enjoy two dives, where you can choose to either dive with an experienced guide or explore the reef on your own.
Back on the mainland, enjoy dinner at the resort. With an assortment of restaurants, bars and cafes, there is sure to be something to tempt your tastebuds.
Day 3 – Townsville
Hire a bike from your hotel, and take a ride around Townsville. For the keen cyclists, you may like to power up Castle Hill, where you will be rewarded with spectacular 360° views of the city, or follow the Street Art trail and see the vibrant displays and murals around the streets, lanes and alleyways.
The Museum of Tropical Queensland is walking distance from your hotel, and will be reopening in May 2021. It houses several exhibitions and displays exploring World Heritage listed rainforest and reefs to the story of the shipwrecked HMS Pandora, the ship sent to capture the Bounty mutineers.
Spend the afternoon back at the resort relaxing by the pool, or head to The Brewery, located in Townsville’s original Post & Telegraph Office. The family-owned micro-brewery offers a range of unique and original craft beer, as well as a choice of the Tavern or Smokehouse Restaurant for a hearty pub meal.
Day 4 – Magnetic Island
Join SeaLink North Queensland for your ferry transfer to Magnetic Island. Take your pick of up to 18 services a day, with the trip taking just 20 minutes. Once on the island you can collect your hire car for a day of sightseeing at your own pace. Choose to stop at one of the many beaches or bays for a dip.
Once you have seen some of the sights, make your way back to Nelly Bay where you will be collected by a private RIB (rigid inflatable boat) and transferred to one of the secluded beaches on the eastern side of the island.
Relax on your picnic rug, with shade and cushions and enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic. With two hours on the beach all to yourselves, you can play some games (beach cricket or petanque), sunbake, or go snorkelling - the choice is yours.
At the end of your picnic you will be collected and transferred back to collect your hire car and continue sightseeing on the island. The last ferry back to the mainland is around 10pm, so you could head to Horseshoe Bay and grab dinner from one of the restaurants or takeaway shops.
Day 5 – Townsville to Orpheus Island
There is still time to take in any of the last minute sights that you may have missed in Townsville or want to head back to, before making your way to Townsville Airport for your 30 minute helicopter transfer to Orpheus Island.
The Orpheus Island Lodge only has 14 luxury rooms accommodating just 28 people, so there are plenty of opportunities to relax on this secluded, unspoilt tropical paradise. Relax in the 25m infinity pool that mirrors the Coral Sea with a pre-dinner drink, before heading to either the alfresco-style dining area or restaurant for dinner.
Overnight: Orpheus Island Lodge, 4 nights
Day 6 to 8 – Orpheus Island (B, L, D)
Orpheus showcases an abundance of once in a lifetime experiences! With its principal dive sites boasting 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef, the local waters are a fisherman’s playground and home to the most sought after reef fish species in the world. There are more than 1,000 hectares of national park on the island, providing plenty of options to explore the numerous walking trails.
Over the next three days you will be able to enjoy the island at your leisure. Join one of the curated daily experiences from snorkelling, fishing, an island cruise or a nature-based guided activity. Or grab one of the motorised dinghy’s, pack a picnic hamper for lunch, and explore the many pristine coves and reefs that fringe the island.
If a spa treatment is more your thing, there’s the Gwandalan Day Spa, where you can relax and indulge in a unique indigenous-inspired treatment.
All meals are included for your stay, and one night you will get to experience their signature 'Dining with the Tides' intimate six course degustation dinner. Served under the starlit canopy on the lodge’s jetty, each course has been matched with a glass of wine, making the evening a delight for all your senses.
Day 9 – Orpheus Island to Townsville (B, L)
On your last morning on the island enjoy a lazy breakfast, another long walk on one of the many white sandy beaches, or snorkel to that hidden cove you hadn’t found the time to get to.
In the afternoon you will be transferred by helicopter back to Townsville Airport, and will need to arrange for your connecting flight home after 4.30pm.
Want to upgrade your accommodation, extend your stay on Orpheus Island or see more of North Queensland?
Call our Travel Specialists on 1300 765 115 to enquire about more details or options to extend your stay in Queensland.
Terms and Conditions: Price is valid for travel from 01 March 2021 to 31 March 2022, and is based on twin share, subject to availability. 25% deposit is required at time of booking, and full payment must be received at least 45 days prior to departure. Orpheus Island package not available from 18 December 2021 – 03 January 2022, and 29 January – 28 February 2022. Strict body and luggage weight restrictions apply for safety on the helicopter transfers, and details will need to be provided at the time of booking. If the Northbeach Front Room is sold out, upgrades to another room type may be offered, subject to availability. Cancellation conditions apply and insurance is strongly recommended. Strict cancellation conditions apply and insurance is strongly recommended. Single price is $8215pp.