Daydream Island Guide

Aptly named, it’s not surprising that Daydream Island could be something out of a dreamscape. Surrounded by a living reef, the island is truly spectacular and the perfect destination for families and couples looking to go on holiday.

The island offers something for everyone: three different beaches, pools for all ages, a swim-up bar for the adults and great modern Australian food options; there is ample space for adventure and new memories.

Wings have created the ultimate guide to Daydream Island, so you’re prepared for the next holiday, whether with the kids, friends or a romantic couple’s getaway.

Where is Daydream Island?

In Far North Queensland, the island is located 5km from the mainland and is situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Daydream Island is also part of the seven islands in the Whitsundays Island sub-group, Molle Group. Small in size, with the island being one kilometre in length and 500 kilometres wide, Daydream Island is its own little oasis of heaven.

How to get to Daydream Island?

Daydream Island anchorage

If you plan on hiring a private charter or have your watercraft, bookings for marina mooring and berthing through the island’s online booking system are essential. Daydream Island does not permit personal watercraft to enter the moor at the public Lovers/Sun lovers Cove.

Daydream Island Guide
All passengers on board must also have a resort accommodation booking at Daydream Island Resort or a valid Day Visitor Pass to the Island.

For regular travellers

Getting to Daydream Island is quite simple; you can catch a 40-30 minute ferry ride from the mainland. The ferry service operates several times per day from Hamilton Island, so there can be some flexibility in scheduling this trip.

If you’re from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns, you can fly to the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island and then catch the ferry.

Alternatively, if you plan on flying into Whitsunday Coast Airport, which is in Proserpine, you can take a 40km drive to Port Airlie and catch the ferry service directly to Daydream Island.

What to do on Daydream Island?

Don’t be fooled by the island's small size; Daydream Island offers a range of family-friendly activities that cover all your adventure, relaxation and educational needs. Wings have put together a list of the must-do activities when visiting Daydream.

The living reef

If you come to Daydream Island, it wouldn’t be right if you missed out on this live coral reef experience. Managed by the island’s marine biologists, the outdoor coral lagoon allows you to interact with the underwater world. The live reef is up to 14 metres wide, 4 metres deep and home to over 100 species of marine life, from fish, starfish, crabs, sea cucumbers and unique species of coral.

Education may not be the top priority on holiday, but if you’ve got kids or are just interested in the opportunity to interact with marine life, this is the place to go. There are sessions for all ages, including:
- Live fish feeding show at 10 am daily - Guided fish feeding - Marine-biologist Reef Range sessions - Guided snorkel session - Visit the underwater observatory

Anything to do with the water

With the island’s three beaches and resort, you’ll be able to do every water activity under the sun.

You can hang around by the pool or snorkel off the beaches. Kids can enjoy the sun in the kid’s pool area, and grown-ups can relax in the adults-only sections. You could end the night with an evening swim at the swim-up bar and order one of the 20 types of rum they stock.

Enjoy world-class food

The island has three excellent restaurants and bars for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You can start the day at Graze Restaurant, which offers an impressive international buffet. The atmosphere is also more relaxed for nice ease into the start of your day.

For lunch, you can hit the incredible two-course lunch at Inkstone Kitchen and Bar, a flagship modern Australian restaurant. If you’re looking for something quick but a meal that meets the holiday cravings, you can grab burgers and shakes at Barefoot Bar.

At night you may want to extend your palette and try something new. Infinity is the place to go; an Asian-fusion restaurant that offers local seafood and yum cha. If you want something private for a special night, they also have a private teppanyaki suite you can book.

If you want something refreshing but a bar out of the water, enjoy the rest of your night at Tonic gin bar, which has an extensive range of drinks and a fantastic view of the Living Reef.
Your Guide to Daydream Island

Can you do a day trip to Daydream Island?

Many people visit Daydream Island and stay at the newly remodelled resort. But, if you’re wondering if you can take a day trip to Daydream Island, you’re in luck.

It is true that like most islands in Whitsundays that only allow a certain number of guests on the island, Daydream Island is also subject to this rule. However, due to resort guests exploring surrounding islands, there is not a high risk of overcrowding in terms of day trip guests. This means that the island welcomes day trip guests. Either from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island, you can take a 30-minute ferry ride to the Island to start your day trip there.

The best time to visit Daydream Island

If you’re already planning a trip to Daydream Island, it’s essential to be informed about the best time of year to travel. Most visitors prefer to visit the island in Autumn, Winter or Spring. This is due to the summer months being too rainy or humid to have an enjoyable experience. Temperature-wise, it ranges from an average of 23 degrees Celsius in July to 31 degrees from late November, in Spring through Summer.

Add Daydream Island to Your Sailing Itinerary with Wings

If you plan on booking a night at the resort or want to make a fun day trip to the island, elevate your experience and add a sailing itinerary.

Wings are the Whitsunday’s leading provider of private sailing charters – we offer skippered charter bookings, allowing you to choose your own Whitsunday itinerary. Make lasting memories sailing across Daydream Island with Wings.