Daydream Island is one of seven islands of the Molle Group of islands which is part of the Whitsunday Islands Group, nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Just one kilometre long and half a kilometre wide, Daydream Island is one of a few inhabited islands in the Whitsundays.
Daydream Island is the closest of the Whitsunday Islands to Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, lying just five kilometres from the mainland making it popular with day visitors.
It is the perfect place from which to explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef and the island resort is ideal for both fun-seeking families and romance-seeking couples. The sparkling bays, secluded beaches and stunning rainforest are just some of the island’s natural beauty that visitors to Daydream Island can expect to experience.
Daydream Island has three fabulous beaches, with Sunlovers Beach fringed by live coral outcrops containing over 40 species of marine fish and 50 coral varieties, the perfect location for hours of snorkelling and underwater exploration.
The highest point and centre of the island is a small, dense jungle of lush tropical vegetation inhabited by parrots and tiny sunbirds. Daydream is a peaceful and relaxing tropical tranquility surrounded by nature, in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Can you do a day trip to daydream island?
You can visit Daydream Island for a day trip. Visitors are able to travel to the Daydream via ferry departing Port of Airlie at 8.45am onwards. The last ferry departing Daydream Island leaves at 9pm back to Port of Airlie.
Daydream Island Resort and the Living Reef is ideally located in the heart of Queensland’s Whitsundays Islands, it’s iconic Whitehaven Beach, and the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
Can you swim in Daydream Island?
While the beaches are not patrolled, there are plenty of places to swim on Daydream Island, like the island beaches and the resort pools – Rumbah Pool, Splashes Pool, Inkstone Pool and Tonic Swim Up Bar.
Is there sand on Daydream Island?
Yes, the water is the perfect turquoise colour, the small beach has sand that is super white. Daydream Island feels like paradise!
Daydream Island Resort
Described as the jewel of the Whitsunday Islands, Daydream Island Resort and Spa is in the most idyllic of locations, encircled by a stunning network of reef lagoons.
Daydream Island Resort, coming off the back of an extensive $140 million redevelopment, caters for families as well as couples.
They have a range of rooms and suites and accommodation styles, each beautifully refurbished, spacious and modern, with refreshing balcony views, from garden and superior ocean rooms, superior pool view rooms as well as family rooms. Walk onto your private balcony or terrace, and take in one of three aspects – pool view, poolside, or views of the sparkling ocean.
Some of the modern rooms and suites include:
Superior Pool View, Superior Pool View King, Superior Ocean View King – The superior pool view rooms overlook the pool landscapes and lush garden beds. With a spacious 36sqm, these modern rooms feature tranquil views through floor to ceiling sliding doors that provide an abundance of natural light, opening out onto a balcony.
The superior pool view rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, lounge chair with coffee table, office desk, pay movies and a range of additional TV channels are also available for your enjoyment.
Family Superior Ocean View – Consisting of two interconnecting rooms with Wi-Fi, air conditioning and sliding doors to a private balcony or patio.
Serenity Suite – Offering a spacious 60sqm, the Serenity Suite is all about the spectacular picturesque views of Lovers Cove. The Serenity Suite features a separate main bedroom with a comfortable king-size bed and a magnificent marbled bathroom containing a walk–in shower and separate spa bath.
Vista Suite – A premium offering, the Vista Suite has exotic views out to the western side of the island and the Whitsundays. The suite offers a separate living space featuring a sitting and lounge area, this 60sqm suite is perfect for young families, or those who enjoy a little extra space.
Daydream Island Resort features include a diverse range of fun filled activities, such as an outdoor cinema featuring the latest block busters, Australia’s premier 19 hole themed mini golf course, direct access to live coral reef & a world class rejuvenation spa, Daydream promises to wow all your senses.
There is also a wedding chapel, kids club and numerous water sports. This resort offers the best of both worlds with all sorts of activities for both the young and young at heart.
Enjoy a host of free activities at Daydream Island Resort including night and day tennis, volleyball, bocce, badminton, giant chess, paddle skis, snorkelling, windsurfing, catamaran sailing and much more with motorized activities also available at extra cost including scuba diving, jet skis, water skiing, paraflying, boom netting and coral reef cruises. Daydream Island activities also include direct access to a live coral reef in the unique open-air ‘Living Reef’ aquarium.
Daydream Island Living Reef
The Living Reef at Daydream Island Resort is a free form coral lagoon that wraps 200 metres around the central building on Daydream Island. The Living Reef is an underwater observatory and is home to over 100 species of marine life including fish, small sharks, rays and other reef dwelling creatures, coral and a variety of invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs.
The Living Reef is 15 metres wide and holding over 1.5 million litres of fresh, filtered sea water. This man made reef system offers a range of ways you can get up close to our resident marine animals.
The Underwater Observatory takes you 4m under the surface and showcases a large 7 x 3m window where you can watch the marine life going about their day.
The Reef Education Centre has 8 living displays showcasing various habitats from mangroves to corals, a theater and an interactive touch pool.
Enter the Living Reef and take a splash with baby sting rays, followed by a talk and tour into the underwater observatory. This is both an educational and truly unforgettable experience.
Take a chance to get close and personal with some of the Living Reef residents, including colourful fish, baby reef sharks and sea stars and experience our brand new Touch Tank. Then take a talk and tour of our new Underwater Observatory. This hands on experience is a must do at Daydream.
A new experience to Daydream Island. Join a Marine Biologists as they take you through the Living Reef to see rays, fish and reef sharks close up. Also experience the brand new Touch Tank and Underwater Observatory.
Daydream Island Resort Dining
On Daydream Island Resort you can experience magical dining in fine style. There are three primary restaurant establishments on Daydream Island, each serving a distinct cuisine from across the world and Australia, including a high-end Asian fusion restaurant.
Graze – a modern buffet restaurant complete with live cooking stations and a range of international cuisines.
Infinity – a premium Asian Fusion dining experience with expansive views of the Whitsunday Islands.
Inkstone Kitchen & Bar – inspired Modern Australian restaurant offering the best in steak and seafood. Inkstone is the flagship modern Australian restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner all while enjoying a stunning superior ocean view.
While each restaurant has its own unique cuisine and style, they all share the relaxed dining atmosphere synonymous with our island. There is a pleasant eating ambience that permeates the island’s restaurants, regardless of the food or style.
Daydream Island Resort Bars
In addition to the island’s three restaurants, there are some fantastic bars, including:
Lovers Cove Bar – With views overlooking the pristine water of the Whitsundays with a coral beach location, Lovers Cove is one of Daydream Island Resort’s most popular romantic locations. Guests can sit back and relax with loved one whilst watching the spectacular sunset whilst enjoying a cold beverage from our pop-up romantic bar in Queensland.
Pool Bar – an awesome swim up pool bar. Swim up to your barstool, relax by the poolside and enjoy your favorite rum cocktail or beverage.
Tonic Bar – spanning indoors from the Atrium out towards Living Reef, Tonic Bar is the island’s specialist Gin Bar offering a great place to meet or relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
Barefoot Bar – centrally located and nestled amongst the lush gardens by the pool.
Their enhanced food and beverage selections allow them to cater to their customers’ every whim, all while enjoying stunning views overlooking the pool and garden landscapes.
Bar / Lounge, Air Conditioned, Mini Bar, Refrigerator, Cable / Satellite TV, In Room Movies, Hair Dryer, Complimentary Toiletries, TV, Shower, En suite, Private Bathroom, Private Toilet, Kids Club, Pool Bar, Tonic Bar, Packed Lunches, Vending Machines.
The resort offers a range of fun activities for guests of all ages including swimming pools, coral beaches, rainforest walk, fully equipped gym facilities and unlimited access to non-motorised water activities including kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and sailing.
Guest services can be organized at the hotels front desk: Fitness Room/Gym, Swimming Pools, Tour Desk, Massage / Beauty Centre, Tennis Courts, Bath / Hot Tub, Garden, Boating, Jet-Ski, Scuba Diving, Water Activities, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Billiards, Fishing, Golf (miniature), Playground, Canoeing, Hiking, Salon, Massage, Spa & Wellness Centre, Child Pool, Family Friendly Pool Area, Games Available.
Kids Club Activities
Daydream Island Resort is definitely family friendly. Parents in need of a little timeout can sign up the little ones (4-12 years old) to a Kids Club session. Kids Club activities can vary but include everything from wildlife experiences like fish feedings, coral collecting and the rainforest wildlife walk and talk, to beach sports, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, movies, kite making and plenty more.
Day Spa Daydream Spa
Unwind and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a choice of pure day spa experiences at this stylish and tranquil island resort.
The resort offers 24-Hour Reception, Babysitting / Child Services, Banquet Facilities, Conference Room(s), Multilingual Staff, Safe-Deposit Box, Wake-up Service, Meeting Rooms, Laundry service, Shops, Photocopier, Supervised child care/activities, Luggage Storage, Shops in Hotel, Souvenirs/Gift Shop, Tour Desk.
High-speed Internet is available at this hotel. Wireless internet on site.
From 2:00 PM
Prior to 10:00 AM
Is the pool heated at Daydream Island?
No, unfortunately the swimming pools on Daydream Island Resort are not heated.
Getting to Daydream Island
To get to Daydream Island (formerly known as West Molle Island) you can fly direct to nearby Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef Airport from most Australian cities and transfer to Daydream Island by ferry. Or fly into Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport, travel by coach through Airlie Beach to Shute Harbour, and then by ferry over to Daydream Island.
Can you take your car to Daydream Island?
No, you can’t drive your car on Daydream Island. You’ll need to drive to Airlie Beach and park your car near the port and jump on the ferry to Daydream Island.
How long does it take to walk Daydream Island?
Daydream Island great for going for a short scenic walk. The island is approximately 1km from north to south and is about a 10 to 15-minute stroll.
Daydream Island also has some short walking trails that will allow you to explore the island and tropical gardens. A steep, rocky path that links the southern and northern ends of the island, takes about 20 minutes to walk.