Frequently Asked Questions | Daydream Island Resort
20.558° S, 148.8139° E Daydream Island
20.558° S, 148.8139° E Daydream Island
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Frequently Asked Questions

Everybody is going to have a unique stay at Daydream Island, but we have tried to answer some of the more commonly asked questions about visiting us.

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Can I fly to Daydream Island?

When you step onto our shores, you can feel like you’re a world away. But Daydream Island is surprisingly easy to get to. There are two airports in the region, both used by the major airlines including Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar.

Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) has direct flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Once you’ve landed, there is a direct, 30-minute boat transfer to Daydream Island.

Alternatively, Proserpine Airport (PPP) is a 40km drive from the Port of Airlie where you can get a 30-minute boat transfer direct to Daydream Island.

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How many levels are at the resort?

The resort has a ground floor, first floor, and in some wings, a second floor. Our low-rise building is nestled into the Northern end of the island with a central, atrium-style building and three wings of accommodation that wrap around our pools and open up to the beach.

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Is the resort wheelchair accessible?

The main part of the resort is wheelchair accessible with accessible rooms on the ground and first floors of the resort. Our accessible rooms have wider doorways to the bedroom and bathroom, plus other special features to help guests with additional access requirements.

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How big is Daydream Island?

Daydream Island is approximately 1km (about a 10 to 15-minute stroll) from north to south, and 400m east-to-west at its widest point. The highest point on the island is 51m above sea level.

The main area of the resort is at the north of the island, with additional facilities down the south end. You can explore the lush rainforest through the established walking tracks on the western side where you can take in the stunning views from our purpose-built viewing deck. In fact, the whole island is easy to get around by foot.

Can I swim in the Living Reef Lagoon?

Snorkelling in the Living Reef is an experience you’ll never forget, but you’ll have to join one of our marine biologists on a Living Reef Guided Snorkel tour. You’ll see rays, tropical fish and reef sharks up close. See our activities page for more on when our tours are conducted.

Does Daydream Island have interconnecting rooms?

Daydream Island is a special place for families, so we’ve made it easy to enjoy. Our Family Rooms consist of two resort rooms with an interconnecting door. Available in the Superior as well as Serenity Suites and Twin Rooms – all with different combinations of bedding.

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What should I pack for my trip?

We like to take it easy on Daydream Island. There’s no strict dress code, so casual clothing is fine, including resort-wear for dining out. It can get a little cooler at night time so it’s a good idea to also pack a light jacket and jeans. If you’re planning to spend most of your time outdoors, the Queensland sun can be very strong, so don’t forget sunscreen with a high SPF, sunglasses, flip flops/thongs, sandshoes, and of course, your swimmers. 

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Where can I dine out at Daydream?

Daydream boasts three signature restaurants and three new bars, each defined by their own distinct design and flavour. Seasonal, local produce is the hero in all our dishes.

Infinity is our innovative Asian-fusion restaurant made form the best of Queensland produce. Its private Teppanyaki Suite offers an unforgettable dinner and a show.

Graze is our new take on a classic buffet, with live cooking stations and a diverse range of international cuisine. Open for breakfast and dinner.

Inkstone Kitchen and Bar focuses on modern Australian cuisine – at the heart of the menu is local produce and Australian native flavours. Open for breakfast for our Deluxe suite guests, lunch and dinner for all.

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How do I get to and from the mainland?

Boat transfers to Daydream Island are provided by Cruise Whitsundays directly from the Port of Airlie on their fleet of purpose-built, modern vessels. All boat transfers are scheduled to coincide with arriving and departing flights from both airports.

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When is stinger season?

There are two types of ‘stingers’ in the area: the Irukandji Jellyfish and the Box Jellyfish. They might be present year-round, but there is a higher risk between October and May where jellyfish can be found around the mainland, islands and occasionally the reef.

By taking some simple precautions to minimise risk you can safely and comfortably swim in all parts of the Whitsundays. When snorkelling, diving, or swimming with an accredited Whitsundays tour operator, protective 'stinger suits' will be available to all customers at little (or no) cost. 

If you are stung, Whitsunday Regional Council provide vinegar to treat stings at each of the beaches on the Whitsunday Coast and all tour operators should also carry vinegar. Pour vinegar liberally over the affected area and seek medical attention urgently. If you need an ambulance, call 000.

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Can I bring bikes & ride-ons?

Due to the high probability of guests being injured due to the use of this equipment, we're currently unable to accommodate bicycles, scooters and skateboards. 

Are there any drone restrictions?

Due to the high rates of air traffic in the Whitsundays, as a result of the region's multiple heli-pads and two airports located at Proserpine and Hamilton Island, we are unable to accommodate recreational drone flight.