Orpheus Island Clean-up - QLD

From April 24, 2018 8:00 am until April 28, 2018 4:00 pm
Posted by Heidi Taylor
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Orpheus Island
When: 24th to 28th April 2018; ~8am – 4pm
Where: Meet at the Orpheus Island Research Station Boat Ramp in Dungeness for 8am

Orpheus Island resides within a green zone and is home to James Cook University’s marine research station. The clean shores and clear waters on the western side of the island give impressions that the island is in pristine condition. However, the remote shorelines on the eastern side of the island have become hot spots for marine debris that wash in with the currents and waves.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation only recently collected, audited and removed a total of 691kg of marine debris from Fig Tree and Big Rock Bays in November 2017. For April 2018, we’re looking at adding new clean-up sites and expanding our reach along the eastern coast of Orpheus Island.

We will spend up to 5 hours each day cleaning up and auditing the rubbish for the Australian Marine Debris Database. There will be some free time towards the end of the trip to explore the island, visit the Giant Clam garden and snorkel with the fish. If you’re interested in participating in Tangaroa Blue’s fifth Orpheus Island Clean-up please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As a participant you will need:
1. to bring a minimum of 3L of water, a lunch kit, backpack, enclosed sturdy footwear, a hat, sunnies, your own clean-up gloves, and protective clothing to avoid sun burns, bug bites and vegetation scratches.
2. to be 16 years of age or older.
3. to be fit and healthy as the event will involve hiking, boats and unlevel surfaces.

- The hike over the island can be a challenging 45-minute mission with uneven grounds and a 45-degree slope

What’s provided:
1. Transportation from the mainland to Orpheus Island
2. Accommodation at the Orpheus Island Research Station
3. Meals and drinks for the 5 days
4. Clean-up and safety equipment
5. Snorkelling gear