Daydream is a small island of volcanic rock, coral and dense tropical foliage off the coast of northern Queensland in a group called the Whitsunday Islands.
There are 74 islands in the group, most of which are uninhabited. Known formerly as West Molle Island, Daydream Island is the closest of the Whitsunday group to the mainland.
Beautiful turquoise waters, sheltered bays, sandy beaches, coral reefs and year-round warm weather bring people from all over Australia and overseas, and the holiday emphasis is on water, particularly boating, diving, snorkelling and fishing.
Several professional operators take tourists out from the mainland and the islands in search of game fish such as marlin. Tourists can also hire crewed or bareboat yachts and cruisers. Island hopping aboard cruise boats is another popular option on the Whitsundays.
Daydream Island serves as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and has two main visitor areas: the resort accommodation, which takes up most of the northern half of the island, and the day visitors’ centre in the south.
Owned by Village Roadshow, the resort includes an outdoor cinema facility. There's also an outdoor aquarium with a stunning network of reef lagoons, containing over 40 marine fish species and 50 coral varieties.
There are two ways to reach Daydream Island from Proserpine Airport: either take a scenic flight to Hamilton Island followed by a 45 minute boat trip across the Whitsunday Passage to Daydream. Or take the coach to nearby Shute Harbour at
, followed by a 15 minute boat trip across the harbour.
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