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A ro­man­tic jaunt to Queens­land’s idyl­lic Or­pheus Is­land.

There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about be­ing on an is­land ac­ces­si­ble only by he­li­copter. And there’s still time to plan a ro­man­tic trip to Or­pheus Is­land, just a 30-minute chop­per ride from Townsville, be­fore Cupid ar­rives. Nes­tled in the heart of the Great Bar­rier Reef and home to a lux­ury re­sort (that caters to a max­i­mum of 28 guests at a time), the is­land is a world away from the wor­ries of the main­land. Crys­tal-blue waters, white sandy shore­lines and ham­mocks ga­lore make this a couple’s par­adise not to be missed. Visit or­ Stephanie Squadrito

De­sign a six-course menu with the res­i­dent chef and en­joy it on the pier with an in­ti­mate Din­ing with the Tides ex­pe­ri­ence. Swim be­side green tur­tles and manta rays in the fring­ing reef or dis­cover the gi­ant clam nurs­ery with a lo­cal snorkelling tour. Visit the Gwan­dalan Day Spa, mean­ing “rest and peace” in the lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal lan­guage, for a luxe re­lax­ation ses­sion.

Take ad­van­tage of the com­pli­men­tary mini­bar and set­tle into an al fresco bub­ble bath in one of the el­e­gant wa­ter­front suites.

Ex­plore se­cluded bays and beaches on a dinghy ad­ven­ture, com­plete with be­spoke pic­nic ham­per.

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