Daydream Island What To Do

To Do Activities on a Day Trip to Daydream Island

  • You can stroll around Daydream Island.
  • Swim, play, and cool down in the pool.
    • Read the islands' pool and beach safety information
  • Marvel at the coral and marine life.
  • Spot the big kangaroos laying around.
  • Walk barefoot on the white sand beaches.
  • See the turquoise water.
  • Stroll through the lush green rainforest
  • Seascape, landscape, wildlife, and birdlife photography
  • Selfies and photos of you on the Island

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​Can You Do a Day Trip to Daydream Island?

Yes, you can go for the day.

View from Daydream Island off the coast Queensland Australia

View from Daydream Island © Jennifer Empey

The View from Daydream Island off the coast of Queensland Australia

View from Daydream Island © Jennifer Empey

Daydream Island Day Trip

You can tour for a day on the island. I did this on a daycation from a cruise ship docked off Airlie Beach in Queensland Australia.

From the cruise ship, you catch a ferry to the island. And, there was a buffet for lunch at the resort.

Then, you can walk around the island. You'll see employees driving in a buggy around the island. One gave me a lift back to the jetty.

Since I visited Daydream Island, it has been upgraded. You can see the Living Reef experience and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Ngaro People are the traditional owners of Daydream Island and the Whitsundays.

 

Trees on Daydream Island off the coast of QLD Australia

Trees on the Island © Jennifer Empey

Daydream Island Must-Do Activities

  • Living Reef Experience
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Whitehaven beach cruise to Whitsunday Island
  • Fish Feeding Shows
  • White Sand Beach
  • Walk in the Rainforest
Jennifer Empey at Daydream Island

Selfie on Daydream Island © Jennifer Empey

Go on a Whitsundays and Whitehaven Beach Cruise from Daydream Island

Spend half a day, morning or afternoon

Experience the white sand of Whitehaven Beach

Swim in clear blue waters

Have morning tea (if morning is chosen)

Bring sunscreen, a hat, a light jacket/sweater, protective clothing, swimwear, a towel, money, or a card for optional purchases

Get Details of the Whitsundays and Whitehaven Beach Cruise

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Tip: Back in the day when I stayed at the resorts on the islands. And we were going out from the islands for the day, we could pick up a food parcel, Find out if there is something like this or if you can purchase food and drink to take with you for lunch.

Daydream Island Day Trip

Daydream Island

Getting to Daydream Island by ferry © Jennifer Empey

Tourists standing at Daydream Island Jetty waiting for the boat

Wait for the ferry at the Jetty © Jennifer Empey

At the Jetty

Boat at Daydream Island Jetty

Ferry at the Jetty © Jennifer Empey

Boat of Daydream Island Australia

The ferry © Jennifer Empey

Lieut. Jas Cook R.N. Plague at Daydream Island Australia

lieut. jas cook r.n. Whitsunday passage plaque © Jennifer Empey

To Do Daydream Island Activities

Couple walking around Daydream Island Australia

Walk around daydream island © Jennifer Empey

The Hammock at Daydream Island Australia

Lie in the hammock. Look at the view. © Jennifer Empey

The Swimming Pool at Daydream Island off the coast of Queensland Australia

Swim in the Swimming Pool © Jennifer Empey

Boat & Jetskis at Daydream Island off the coast Queensland Australia

hire and Go for a ride on a Ski Jet © Jennifer Empey

Buffet Food

Buffet Food Daydream Island Australia
Buffet Food Daydream Island Australia
Buffet Food Daydream Island Australia

Gilligan's & the Chapel & the Wildlife

Gilligan's at Daydream Island off the coast Cairns Queensland Australia

Gilligan's © Jennifer Empey

Kangaroo sleeps at Daydream Island off the coast Cairns Queensland Australia

Kangaroo sleeps on the coral beach © Jennifer Empey

Bird at Daydream Island off the coast Cairns Queensland Australia

Daydream Island bird © Jennifer Empey

Chapel at Daydream Island off the coast Cairns Queensland Australia

chapel © Jennifer Empey

Kangaroo at Daydream Island off the coast Cairns Queensland Australia

kangaroo behind the chapel © Jennifer Empey

Kangaroo at Daydream Island off the coast Queensland Australia

Kangaroo © Jennifer Empey

The Marine Life

Who is the Fish?

Do you recognise the fish in the picture?

As soon as I saw the blue fish at Daydream Island in the living reef. I recognised it as the same type as Dory from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

It's known as a Blue Tang. And, it is also known as a Blue Hippo Tang, Blue Tang, Palette Surgeonfish, and Regal Tang.

The Blue Tang's home is the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

Dory at Daydream Island off the coast Cairns Queensland Australia
Water Cascade at Daydream Island  Australia
Sealife at Daydream Island Australia
Sealife at Daydream Island Australia
Sealife at Daydream Island Australia
Sealife at Daydream Island Australia
Sealife at Daydream Island Australia

Photography © Jennifer Empey

Sealife at Daydream Island Australia
Starfish at Daydream Island Australia

Staying at the Resort

You can get away and dream of a holiday at the Daydream Island Resort. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Walk on the white sandy beaches and see the turquoise waters.

Take in the views as you walk around the island. You'll find Daydream Island is an idyllic escape in the Whitsundays off the coast of Queensland. And, you have the opportunity to relax and unwind.

You'll have time to do and enjoy the activities in this tropical paradise. So that you create memories.

Are you dreaming of staying at Daydream Island Resort? Get Details Read Reviews of Daydream Island Resort

To Do Activities Staying at the Resort Daydream Island

Check out the list of activities you can do. For example:

  • Living Reef Experience
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Whitehaven beach cruise to Whitsunday Island
    • and Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Pool & Beaches
    • Read the islands' pool and beach safety information
  • Rainforest Walks
  • Fitness Outdoors
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Fish Feeding Shows
  • Kayaks
  • Catamarans
  • Paddle Boards
  • Gym
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Trivia & Bingo
  • Open Air Cinema
  • Snorkeling

See the brochure to find out which are:

  • included
  • an out-of-pocket expense like Jetskis, Great Barrier Reef tours
  • need to be pre-booked

Where Is Daydream Island Located?

Daydream Island is located off the coast of Queensland from Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays.

You can view the location of Daydream Island on the map

Some of the other islands nearby in the Whitsundays are

  • Hamilton Island
  • Whitsunday Island
  • South Molle Island
  • North Molle Island
  • Long Island
  • Pine Island
  • Dent Island
  • Haslewood Island
  • Hook Island
  • Hayman Island

Nearby Daydream Island Things To Do

Types of Activities and Tours you can do

  • Start from Airlie Beach
  • Whitsundays & Whitehaven Cruise
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Whitsundays Catamaran Sailing
  • Whitsunday Reef Flights

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