A hammock slung between two trees on Daydream Island, Queensland.

$50 million Revamp for Daydream Island

3 February 2017

Daydream Island Resort & Spa will receive a $50 million revamp early next year to transform the island in the Whitsundays into a world-class, 4.5-star resort.

All room types will be refurbished, along with the arrivals pavilion, reception, main atrium area, Waterfalls restaurant, Lagoons bar and Mermaids restaurant. The Lovers Cove function area will be expanded and a new Asian-inspired restaurant will be built.

An artist's impression of the revamped lounge area at Daydream Island Resort & Spa. An artist's impression of the revamped lounge area at Daydream Island Resort & Spa.

The signature Living Reef lagoon attraction – a 1.5-million-litre, free-form coral lagoon system that courses through the resort – will also be upgraded, with interactive elements added. Conference facilities will be significantly expanded.

General manager Dawson Tang said it would be business as usual until the resort closes for the revamp in early 2018.

“With well over 100,000 guests staying on Daydream Island each year, we recognise the need to continuously improve our product and we will be improving the guest experience based on recent feedback right up until the redevelopment,” Mr Tang said.

Daydream Island is in the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. It currently boasts 296 rooms, the Rejuvenation Spa, a wide range of activities on and off the island, including the daily Living Reef shark and stingray feeding show, as well as sparkling bays and secluded beaches.


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Renae Spinks

Travel for me is about conversations and connections. There’s nothing like setting foot in a new land and meeting people a world apart. From talking to North Sea fishermen in Norway’s Lofoten Islands to breakfast chat at a B&B in my own back yard, there’s always a story to share and a tale to tell.