Part of the group of Whitsunday Islands located off the coast of Queensland, Daydream Island is one of the smallest islands in the group. Even though it’s 1km long and 200m wide, this island is one of the most popular islands in the group. With lovely beaches, numerous activities and a huge resort to boast of, Daydream Island is suitable for everybody, but couples and families will enjoy it the most. If you’re after some pampering and luxurious treatment, this is the place for you.
Daydream Island Day Trip
If you don’t want to splurge on staying at the Daydream Island resort, you can also visit Daydream Island on a day-trip from Airlie Beach. In fact, day-trips to Daydream Island are so popular from Airlie Beach that Fantasea runs several ferry trips on a daily basis. This allows you to visit Daydream Island any time of the day and you can stay for as long or as little as you like.
Daydream Island Map
Where is Daydream Island?
Daydream Island is part of the Whitsunday Islands located off the east coast of Queensland, Australia. It’s one of the islands located close to the mainland making it easy to visit on a day-trip. Situated inside the Great Barrier Reef, it is a popular destination for snorkelling.
Daydream Island Resort and Spa
One of the reasons holiday makers head to Daydream Island is for its amazing resort and spa. One of the Whitsundays’ oldest resorts Daydream Island Resort and Spa is also one of Australia’s most extensive and modern spa resorts.
Features such as the outdoor cinema and kids’ club have always made it popular with families, but the 16 therapy rooms at the Rejuvenation Spa appeal to those who are seeking one of the most sophisticated and well-equipped health resorts in Australia.
The state-of-the-art spa has an in-house naturopath and a range of computerized health analyses using equipment and tests usually found only in clinics in Europe and the United States, such as iridology and measurement of vitamin and mineral imbalances and antioxidant levels.
Families will love Daydream Island Resort and Spa for numerous reasons. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, and with a stingray-, shark- and fish-filled lagoon running through it, the large (296 rooms) Daydream Island Resort and Spa has tennis courts, a gym, catamarans, windsurfers and three swimming pools, all of which are included in the tariff. There are five grades of accommodation and most package deals include a buffet breakfast. Rooms are large, smart, and comfortable, with uninterrupted ocean views. There is a club with constant activities to keep children occupied and they will love the fish-feeding sessions held at the small coral reef pool near the main atrium.
This is a large resort on a small island, so it’s not the place to head if you’re seeking isolation. It’s much cheaper in low season, and keep an eye out for stand-by rates from the mainland.
Breakfast is served up buffet style at the Waterfalls Restaurant, which stays open all day, serving snacks, lunch and dinner. In addition, the resort has three bars: Lagoon, which has nightly entertainment, Splashes Pool and Gilligans.
Visit Daydream Island Resort and Spa for more information.
Daydream Island Activities
Wondering what to do on Daydream Island? The resort on the island will take care of this for you.
There is a wide range of water-sports gear (catamarans, kayaks) available for hire (free for resort guests). They also offers a variety of motorised water sports for guests, including parasailing, jet-skiing, and water skiing, which is big here.
If you’re not into water sports or want to take a break from the water, Daydream Island also has some short walking trails that will allow you to explore the island. A steep, rocky path, taking about 20 minutes to walk, links the southern and northern ends of the island. There’s another short walk to the tiny but lovely Sunlovers Beach, and a concreted path leads around the eastern side of the island. And once you’ve done these walks, you’ve just about covered Daydream Island from head to foot.
Lovers Cove Daydream Island
Lovers Cove is located on Sunlovers Beach on the eastern side of Daydream Island. The tiny, but lovely Sunlovers Beach is one of the quieter beaches on the island. As the name suggests, it is suitable for couples looking to get away from the resort crowds and get some privacy.
Daydream Island Snorkelling
As with most Whitsunday islands snorkelling is very popular at Daydream Island too. Located so close to the Great Barrier Reef, you don’t need to swim far to see colourful fishes and beautiful coral. The reef is located on the north, south and east sides of the island; Lovers Cove is a popular snorkelling spot. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can hire snorkelling gear from the resort (free for resort guests).
How to get to Daydream Island?
The only way to get to Daydream Island is to take a ferry from Airlie Beach.
Daydream Island Ferry
Fantasea connects Daydream Island to Shute Harbour by frequent daily services. Fantasea also does a three-island day-trip package, which also visits Long and Hamilton Islands. Visit Fantasea or on location at 11 Shute Harbour Rd, Jubilee Pocket for prices and other information.
Flights to Daydream Island
Unfortunately, there are no flights to Daydream Island. As Daydream Island is tiny in size, there is no space to have a landing strip on the island. The nearest island you can fly to is Hamilton Island from where you can take a short ferry trip across to Daydream Island.
Daydream Island Address
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