Orpheus Island National Park

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Orpheus Island National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Nearest town or city Ingham
Coordinates 18°37′06″S 146°29′37″E / 18.61833°S 146.49361°E / -18.61833; 146.49361
Area 13 km2 (5 sq mi)
Established 1960
Managing authorities Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Official site Orpheus Island National Park

Orpheus Island is a national park in North Queensland, Australia, 1,189 km (739 mi) northwest of Brisbane, as is Pelorus Island 800 metres to the north. It is part of Shire of Hinchinbrook. Besides Orpheus Island, the national park also includes Albino Rock, which is located 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) Aleast of Palm Island. A research station, operated by James Cook University is located on the island, as is an exclusive resort. St Michael's Grammar School (St Kilda) goes there for a 2 week program known as GBR each June.[1] Orpheus Island is a continental island. At the census of population 2006, Orpheus had a population of 21 (7 male and 14 female), no families.[2]

Palm Island is the closest location with government facilities.

The Aboriginal name for this island is Goolboddi Island. The name 'Orpheus' was given to the island in 1887 by Lieutenant G. E. Richards, referring to HMS Orpheus.

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