Discover the Living Reef on Daydream Island in Whitsundays
20.558° S, 148.8139° E Daydream Island
20.558° S, 148.8139° E Daydream Island
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The Living Reef

The beating heart of Daydream Island is our eco-friendly and educational Living Reef. This famous coral lagoon is back bigger and better than ever – wrapping over 200m around the central building and holding an impressive 1.5 million litres of water. Shake fins with a baby stingray, spot starfish and sea cucumbers, get up close to a crab, and discover over 100 unique species of marine fish. With group tours, an underwater observatory, and hands-on experiences with our resident marine biologists, there’s plenty of ways to see, touch and learn.

Exploration Centre

There’s no blackboard in this classroom. Our new exploration centre overlooks the Living Reef’s main lagoon and includes touch tanks, a theatre, and eye-opening exhibits.

Underwater Observatory

Look through a large acrylic window out at a typical reef system with living coral where you can spot lobsters, fish hiding, and other reef dwelling creatures going about their daily routine.

You only have to look just below the surface, to find a world that is extraordinary.

Guided Fish Feeding

Feed snacks to a baby reef shark, find out what tropical fish likes to feast on, and give a sea star its supper – all at our guided fish feeding.

Stingray Splash

Ready to make a splash? Join the baby stingrays in the Living Reef, followed by a fascinating talk and guided tour through our underwater observatory.

Reef Ranger

Get your backstage pass. Join our resident marine biologists through restricted areas of the lagoon for a behind-the-scenes look at our Living Reef.

Make unforgottable connections with the amazing animals of the Living Reef.

School groups

Did you know a group of fish is also called a school? Join our marine biologist at the Living Reef, explore a magical underwater world, and learn a thing or two along the way.

Night Tours

Discover what goes on underwater once the sun’s gone down. Meet us after dark for a hands-on night tour of the Living Reef.

Marine Biologist for a Day

Ever dreamed of being a marine biologist? Now you can give it a try. Join our passionate team who live on the island and get an insight into a day in their life.

Meet curious, colourful, captivating creatures.