Where are the Whitsundays?
You’ll find them along Queensland’s central coast in north-eastern Australia, around 1,120km north of Brisbane, and 630km south of Cairns. The Whitsundays region includes 74 magnificent islands, most of which are uninhabited. The major mainland towns closest to the Whitsundays are Airlie Beach, Bowen, Proserpine and Mackay.
The ferry ride to Daydream Island is a joy in itself. The schedule’s timed to coincide with most arriving and departing flights, so it won’t be long until you’re enjoying panoramic views of the Whitsunday Islands, aboard modern vessels operated by either Cruise Whitsundays or directly by Daydream Island. Please check the ferry timetable below for exact times.
If you’re flying in to Hamilton Island Airport, you’ll find the Cruise Whitsundays check-in counter in the baggage collection area opposite the carousels. If you’re taking the ferry from Port of Airlie, you’ll spot the check-in counter when you arrive.
If you're flying in to Whitsundays Coast Airport (Proserpine) you will be met by the Whitsundays Transit transfer drivers in the baggage collection area. Coaches then take you to Port of Airlie for vessel services directly to Daydream Island.
There are two local airports to choose from.
Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) – also known as the Great Barrier Reef Airport – has direct flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. From there, it’s just a 30-minute ferry transfer to Daydream.
The second option is Proserpine Airport (PPP), also known as the Whitsunday Coast Airport. From there, it’s a scenic 40km drive to Port of Airlie, where you can then jump on a 30-minute ferry transfer to Daydream Island.
Getting on (and off) the island
Our friendly staff will be waiting to welcome you when you finally arrive on Daydream. They’ll be able to tell you everything you need to know about your stay, and will take your bags to your room for you.
When it’s time for you to leave Daydream, make sure to confirm your departure with our reception desk, and have your bags packed and in your room at least one hour before departure time. Our porters will pick up your bags and take them to the Cruise Whitsunday vessel, so you can relax in our transit lounge while you wait for your ferry to arrive.
Daydream Island is part of the Whitsundays Island on the Great Barrier Reef and it's your quintessential tropical island, complete with hot summers, warm winters, and sunny spring and autumn days.
The Whitsundays weather is sub-tropical, which means a tropical climate of hot summers, warm winters and bright spring and autumn days are experienced each year, creating the perfect conditions for the region’s lush rainforests, picturesque waterfalls, healthy hinterland harvests and, of course, stunning beaches.
Average daily temperatures range from around 22 to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter months of June and July, and up to 29 to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in December and January - the height of summer. Water temperatures remain a welcoming 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) most of the year round, which means the Whitsunday waters are perfect, year-round, for not only swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving but various other water activities.
The tropical wet season occurs during January to March, when days can be steamy and the summer heat is often broken by tropical showers, many of which last for only a few moments before the sun’s rays are beaming again.
For the latest weather forecast for the Whitsundays please visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website
If you’d like to know more, please get in touch.