Reef Rainforest & Outback Package

8 Nights From $4570 pp Share twin Room Package

8 Nights From $6045 pp Share twin Suite Package

 Experience Three Iconic QLD Properties

Orpheus Island Lodge

Daintree Eco Lodge

Mount Mulligan Lodge

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Getting There

All helicopter transfers  not included in the package 
Cairns to Mt Mulligan Lodge – departing 2pm, arriving 2.30pm Mt Mulligan Lodge to Cairns – departing 2.35pm, arriving 3.10pm
$400 one way, per person (1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020) $350 one way, per person (1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021)

MT MULLIGAN LODGE – PRIVATE HELICOPTER CHARTER EX CAIRNS (on request only) All Helicopter Transfers are
$1,190 (2 passengers – weight & luggage restrictions apply)
$1,810 (up to 4 passengers – weight & luggage restrictions apply) $2,845 (up to 6 passengers – weight & luggage restrictions apply)
There will be no charge for infants under three years of age when seated on the lap of an adult passenger. Children aged 3+ years will be charged at the ‘per person’ rate as for safety reasons they require their own seat.
Passengers are restricted to one small bag, to a maximum of 15kg in total (non-rigid duffle or cabin bags are preferred as they are easier to load in the helicopter boot due to space limitations). Any excess luggage can be safely stowed at the respective Nautilus Aviation hangar. Be aware that in some instances the pilot may ask your guests to re- pack into a supplied duffle bag if the luggage is too large!
For guests carrying excess luggage that requires secure storage and who will be travelling from the island to a different port on departure e.g. Townsville – Orpheus Island – Cairns or vice versa, we can arrange their excess baggage to be couriered to their final port for collection by the guest on arrival from their departure transfer. This will be at an extra charge to the guest, payable upon room check-out, price subject to baggage weights on the day.
If your guests experience any international/domestic flights delays or cancellations on the day of their helicopter transfer, please contact Nautilus Aviation on +61 (0)7 4034 9000.
All helicopter payments are made through Northern Escape Collection on behalf of Nautilus Aviation. Prior to booking any domestic or international flights to/from Townsville or Cairns, please contact Reservations on +61 (0)7 4777 7377 or email to:
1. Secure accommodation
2. Provide body weights of all guests travelling
3. Book helicopter transfers to/from Orpheus Island Lodge or Mt Mulligan Lodge
(scheduled or private, dependent on availability)

4. Helicopter transfers will only be confirmed by Nautilus Aviation once accurate individual guest weights (kg) are provided. If customer weights are not supplied at time of transfer quote, an upgrade cost for a private charter may apply
5. Northern Escape Collection recommends that international/domestic flights are booked AFTER accommodation and helicopter transfers are finalised
*further helicopter Terms & Conditions are noted below!
Ground transport to the Daintree Ecolodge is available upon request. Please contact Northern Escape Reservations Department for availability or to make a booking.
 Cairns Airport to the Daintree Ecolodge 2 – 4 pax $240 one way MT MULLIGAN LODGE – PRIVATE LAND TRANSFERS
Ground transportation to Mt Mulligan Lodge is available upon request basis. Please contact Northern Escape Reservations Department for availability or to make a booking.
 Cairns to Mt Mulligan Lodge 2 – 4p ax $900 one way
 Port Douglas to Mt Mulligan Lodge 2 – 4 pax $1,000 one way
 Daintree/Mossman to Mt Mulligan Lodge 2 – 4 pax $1,200 one way
Please contact reservations if you have any special requests as transfers can be organised from other properties as well.
IMPORTANT NOTE: there can be road closures to Mt Mulligan Lodge during the peak of the wet season from January to March. We recommend that guests book helicopter transfers during this period to avoid any road closures. Due to the challenging nature of the road to Mount Mulligan, past Dimbulah, we also suggest booking a private car transfer unless you are experienced at driving a 4WD vehicle on unsealed roads.


The First Three Night On Orpheus Island

Orpheus Island Lodge 3 nights’ accommodation All gourmet meals A selection of quality wines, beers and soft drinks A daily reef-based experiences – snorkelling, fishing, island cruise, motorised dinghy adventure with gourmet picnic hamper to secluded cove Unlimited use of paddle boards, kayaks, catamaran, yoga mats, fishing and snorkelling gear

Then Daintree Ecolodge 2 nights’

accommodation Daily à la carte breakfast Indulgence picnic hamper 3 course dinner at the Julaymba Restaurant

Finishing at Mt Mulligan Lodge 3 nights’

accommodation All gourmet meals A selection of quality wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks A daily outback experiences – ATV adventures, sunset drinks, tour of historic Mount Mulligan township and coal mine, 4WD safari to Tyrconnell Gold Mine, guided nature walks Unlimited use of electric buggy, paddle boards, kayaks, yoga mats, sky-gazing telescope and fishing gear

Orpheus Island Lodge

Accommodating just 28 people, Orpheus is an all-inclusive, private island lodge located in the Great Barrier Reef. With only 14 rooms, suites and villas, Orpheus Island is the ultimate in secluded, unspoilt tropical paradise, and stretches across 11km of immaculate turquoise coastline. The island itself, comprising more than 1,000 hectares of national park, is surrounded by pristine fringing reef you can access simply by stepping out from your accommodation. The island lodge features the main pavilion bar and alfresco-style dining area, a restaurant, a reading room, Gwandalan Day Spa and an inviting 25m x 13m infinity pool that mirrors the Coral Sea.

All stays at Orpheus include three gourmet meals prepared daily by chef Paul Wilson and his team, use of water sports equipment, unlimited Australian beer and wine as well as soft beverages, and a daily Orpheus experience.


Explore the clear azure water surrounding Orpheus, 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 are run as part of the daily activities on the island.

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The Great Barrier Reef is a fisherman’s playground, the surrounding waters teaming with fish. Light fishing gear is available for guests to take out at leisure. Fish from one of the motorised dinghies or for the avid anglers take a trip to the outer reef.

View our Fishing excursions here

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Motorised dinghies are available for our 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.

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

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

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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.

Mt Mulligan Lodge

Located on an entirely private 28,000 hectare outback property 160km north-west of Cairns, Mt Mulligan Lodge accommodates just 20 indulged guests at any one time, ensuring a rugged and intimate escape.

Offering all-inclusive luxury accommodation in the shadow of majestic Mount Mulligan, the lodge features four different accommodation types, a beautifully designed main pavilion for guest meals and relaxation, an infinity pool and sunset bar. Each guest room at Mt Mulligan Lodge is also assigned its own electric buggy for guests to zip to the communal Main Pavilion or the Sunset Bar.

A range of experiences have been designed to make the most of the rugged outback territory. Mt Mulligan Lodge offers guided tours of the goldfields including a demonstration of Australia’s oldest operating gold crusher at Tyrconnell, exploration of the historic Mount Mulligan coal mine and abandoned township, ATV adventures discovering the history and beauty of the region, chef-prepared gourmet picnic hampers, wildlife spotting, sunset drinks overlooking the escarpment, stargazing, hikes around the southern face of Mount Mulligan, barramundi fishing in the weir, scenic helicopter flights and the chance to experience the day-to-day operations of a working cattle station.

Mt Mulligan Lodge is a child-friendly property, welcoming children of all ages to this luxury lodge Queensland.

Recent Mt Mulligan Lodge Awards:

Conde Nast Traveller The Hot List 2020 Best New Hotel in Australia
Departures Magazine 2020 Legend Awards World’s Best Hotel Views
Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2020 #5 Best New Places to Stay
Travel + Leisure 2020 It List Best New Hotels in the Word
Australian Traveller 100 Ways to Holiday Here This Year #29 destination

Things to Do

Now a ghost town, the remains of the Mount Mulligan township are rich in history. Originally laid out in 1912 and abandoned in 1958, the once busy coal mining town now only consists of a cemetery, a single residence which was the former hospital, a chimney stack, and the electricity generator. The Mount Mulligan coal mine opened in 1915 but is sadly the site of Queensland’s worst mining disaster which took 75 workers lives in 1921. The derelict remains of the township and mine are eerie yet visually arresting and give an insight into how coal mines operated during that era.

The township and mine can be explored by foot or ATV.

Mount Mulligan Cemetery was established to serve the little town that sprang up in the early 20th century following the discovery of coal. Most of the headstones at the Mount Mulligan cemetery are dated 19 September 1921, the date of the gigantic coal dust explosion that claimed the lives of all 75 men working underground at the time. Those killed in the explosion made up approximately one quarter of the town’s population, leaving women widowed and children fatherless.

Wind back time to the Australian Gold Rush era and explore the once operational Tyrconnell Gold Mine, the most famous mine on the Hodgkinson goldfield. Much of the infrastructure remains untouched, allowing visitors to uncover the history of this captivating site. Explore the site on a guided tour and view its 10-head gold stamper and a sleepy miner’s cottage. In its heyday of the 1930s around 100 people worked at the mine, earning about three pounds a week.

There’s nothing quite like watching the sun rise over the Hodgkinson Valley as Mount Mulligan wakes and dominates the surrounding landscape of gently rolling hills. Just a 10 to 15 minute ATV ride from the lodge, along the old railway tracks used for transporting coal from Mount Mulligan mine to Dimbulah, The Lookout is a great location to paint, photograph or enjoy a picnic from.

The environment at Mount Mulligan supports a range of fauna and flora with agile wallabies often spotted around the lodge and frequent opportunities to sight rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras and noisy friar birds to name a few species. Each year more than 50 new species of plants, algae, lichens and fungi are discovered in Queensland. In 2017, a plant species was discovered on Mount Mulligan and it’s the only place it grows in the world. When discovering the property, take one of our Mount Mulligan Naturalist Charts and identify the plants and animals around you.

The weir at Mount Mulligan is home to Australian Barramundi. Cast your line from the riverbank or a kayak and try your luck. Mature Barramundi can be brought back to the lodge and prepared to your liking by the Chef.

Head over to our rustic Sunset Bar and enjoy a sun-downer as you watch Mount Mulligan escarpment come alive as the sun sets. Only a short 2-minute electric buggy ride from the lodge; bring a camera, grab a drink, meet fellow travellers, enjoy the sunset and take in the magical scenery!

As the sky darkens to a deep indigo and the last rays of sun slip beyond the horizon, the night sky at Mount Mulligan is lit by thousands of stars. Free from light pollution, use the resident telescope or a set of binoculars to view the southern night sky in all its glory.

Mount Mulligan is a 28,000-hectare working cattle station. Year-round cattle roam the property and cattle mustering is conducted on the property several times per year. Ask our reservation team for cattle mustering dates as guests can enjoy the full outback Australian experience by trying their hand at cattle mustering.

For those who love adventure, nothing beats getting behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) exploring boulder-strewn creeks, navigating outback tracks and meeting the bovine locals before resting at the picturesque south end of Mount Mulligan, known as The Branch, to delight in a morning tea of freshly made treats.

Mt Mulligan Lodge provides stand-up paddle boards so you can enjoy some light exercise whilst taking in the scenery on the weir. You might even be lucky enough to sight a platypus!

Experience the beauty of the weir from a kayak! Gently paddling at your own pace, take-in the scenery and silence of the outback. Alternatively, pack a fishing rod and ‘yak angle’ for some Barramundi from the comforts of your kayak.

Daintree Ecolodge

This unique boutique accommodation is nestled in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and offers 15 eco-friendly ‘bayans’ (treehouses) immersed in the canopy. Boasting majestic Bull Kauri trees, a private waterfall and dedicated walks.

The Daintree Ecolodge is the perfect destination to reconnect with nature and the people you love. Believed to be over 180 million years old, and the oldest tropical lowland rainforest on Earth, the Daintree Rainforest is a rare jewel in the crown of Mother Nature, where lush tropical rainforest meets sweeping white sand beaches and fringing coral reefs.

The Ecolodge features a main lodge with a bar, a rainforest restaurant and dining area overlooking the onsite lagoon, the Daintree Wellness Spa, an inviting swimming pool, private and pristine onsite waterfall and swimming hole and a multitude of quiet areas amongst the lush tropical rainforest to relax and unwind.

Fresh, clean water from the purest source combined with organic, healthy foods guarantee an uplifting and sustainable getaway.

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Terms and Conditions

A 20% deposit of the total booking (accommodation and helicopter transfers) is required at the time of booking and full payment must be made at least 30 days prior to guest arrival

– Any cancellations made 61 days or more prior to arrival; no cancellation fees apply
– Any cancellations made 60 – 31 days prior to arrival; a 50% cancellation fee applies (accommodation and helicopter transfers)
– Any cancellations made 30 – 0 days prior to arrival; 100% cancellation fee applies (accommodation and helicopter transfers)
– No refund can be given for any unused services or early departures
– All cancellations must be received in writing Full cancellation fees apply
All rates are subject to increase in the case of Government levies, taxation or in line with external operator charges. All rates are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Northern Escape Collection will not accept any responsibility for adverse weather conditions.
Due to seasonal lodge closures, this package won’t be available from 27th January to 1st March 2020 inclusive and 30th January to 28th February 2021 inclusive.
Minimum eight (8) night stay applies to all reservations.