Daydream Island is aptly named for a reason – she really is the stuff that dreams are made of! Daydream Island may be small at just 1km in length and 400m wide, but she packs a punch and a Daydream Island tour has to be on your must-do list when you visit the Whitsunday Islands. Daydream Island is just a short ferry ride from both Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island, making it a great day trip destination. But this island haven is worth so much more than just a fleeting visit. Stay a while, indulge in the world-class resort facilities, unwind at the swim-up bar, walk in the rainforest, marvel at the Living Reef, and use Daydream as your base to further discover the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Daydream Island shares resort space with verdant rainforest and is surrounded by crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. It boasts a warm subtropical climate making it the perfect beach holiday destination.
The centrepiece of the island resort is the Living Reef, a unique free-form coral lagoon wrapping 200m around the central building. It features an underwater observatory and interactive touch pools, and is home to over 100 species of marine fish, coral and invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers, and crabs. It offers an immersive experience for visitors to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the marine life found in the Whitsunday region and is an excellent way to see the reef close up without venturing into open waters.
The resort hosts many activities, including snorkelling, diving, jet-skiing, and bushwalking. There’s a jam-packed weekly list of activities that you can sign up for, so there’s no way you’ll get bored on Daydream Island.
You can take a Daydream Island day trip to Whitehaven Beach and the Outer Great Barrier Reef for those who want to go further afield. Scenic flights are available, and you can even head over to neighbouring Dent Island for a round of golf.
Daydream Island is a favourite destination for Fun Over 50 guests and staff alike. Take a look at our Daydream Island holiday packages and start planning your trip to paradise.
Daydream Island sits in the heart of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, 1100km north of Brisbane. Flights from Australia’s main capital centres can bring you as far as Hamilton Island and Proserpine. From Hamilton Island, it’s a short 30-minute ferry ride to Daydream. From Proserpine, you need to transfer to Airlie Beach before boarding a slightly longer 40-minute ferry to the island.
The Whitsundays’ tropical climate is characterised by wet and dry seasons. The dry season, from April to November, generally offers pleasant temperatures, lower humidity, and less rain. This is often considered the best time to visit Daydream Island for outdoor activities like swimming, snorkelling, and exploring the island's natural wonders.
Rainfall, temperatures, and humidity are at their highest from December to February; this is also peak season so might be worth skipping if you want to avoid the crowds.
The winter months from July through September are a popular time to visit as the waters are entirely stinger free and the weather is spectacular, with balmy days around 24 °C.
Yes, you can swim on Daydream Island. The island is surrounded by beautiful beaches and offers various swimming options for visitors. The resort on Daydream Island has a large outdoor swimming pool where guests can enjoy a refreshing swim and relax by the water. Additionally, there are several picturesque beaches nearby, such as Mermaids Beach and Lovers Cove, where visitors can swim in the crystal-clear waters and soak up the sun. Just watch out for Irukandji Jellyfish that can be present in the warmer months.
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