New private residence opens on the Great Barrier Reef

Five suite luxury Pelorus Private Island debuts off Queensland coast

Northern Escape Collection has opened the doors and is accepting reservations for its latest jewel, Pelorus Private Island on the pristine waters of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Pelorus Private Island offer a secluded oasis like no other, accessible via a 30-90 minute private helicopter charter from Townsville or Cairns, or by superyacht.

Neighbouring Northern Escape Collection’s property Orpheus Island Lodge, Pelorus boasts a naturally isolated residence, featuring five luxurious suites, surrounded by 400 hectares of untouched habitat.

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Designed by Melbourne-based design and interior architecture studio, Dubois, Pelorus combines timeless design with the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Crafted with clean lines and a contemporary aesthetic, the spacious dwelling is clad with white-washed shiplap inside and out, boasting five ocean-facing suites only a stone’s throw from the reef, and decorated with natural linen fabrics, hand-made custom furniture and lavish ensuites with spotted gum benchtops.

Spacious, light-filled communal lounges and dining areas have stunning Coral Sea views over the beachfront pool and generous spotted gum verandas with comfortable nooks and lounges.

Natural hardwood timber posts and hand-sanded feature columns support the expansive cathedral-inspired ceilings, with Palladian limestone and quartzite stone benchtops throughout.

The residence is powered only by solar panels and batteries, ensuring a self-sustainable energy supply, with natural materials and ventilation systems incorporated into the design to minimise the hideaway’s environmental impact.

Guests are invited to indulge in relaxation and barefoot adventure, with Great Barrier Reef activities including diving and snorkelling, guided jet ski and seabob tours, and reef fishing all on offer, as well as boat charters to the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) installation.

The island also provides access to the untouched wilderness of Hinchinbrook Island, Australia’s largest island national park, home to rainforest-clad hiking trails, cascading waterfalls, abundant wildlife and diverse flora.

Back at the residence, a private chef awaits, alongside a fully stocked bar, teppanyaki grill, Big Green Egg barbeque and Ooni pizza oven.

Pelorus Private Island joins Australian Rich Lister and Executive Chairman of Morris Group, Chris Morris’ $418m North Queensland tourism portfolio curated to offer uniquely Australian experiences that have elevated the region’s position as a world-class tourist destination. That includes Mt Mulligan Lodge, a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, located in the remote Queensland outback.

Credit: Jason Ierace

“With the region welcoming the news of an ultra-luxe accommodation offering, Pelorus Private Island puts Queensland in a competitive global landscape, by boasting a rare offering of unparalleled levels of privacy and personalised service that is unique in this part of the world.”

“We’re already starting to fill the year with bookings and can’t wait to share this exceptional product with guests from around the globe,” Morris said.

Pricing starts from AU$20,000 per night. To find out more, see

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