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The Living Reef on Daydream Island
Daydream Island, Whitsunday Area

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07 3259 2350
1800 075 040


Daydream Island's amazing Living Reef is a must see on the island. Located at the entrance to the resort, it is one of the world's largest man-made living coral reef lagoons and features more than 80 species of marine fish and 50 species of coral. This microcosm of the Great Barrier Reef continues to capture the imagination of tourists young and old; with guests having the opportunity to hand feed resident stingrays, sharks and barramundi.

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Guests are able to get up close and personal with lagoon favourites including Pikelet and Pancake the stingrays, Bruce the sickle fin lemon shark and Brutus, a large barramundi.

Free educational feeding sessions are held twice a day at 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. everyday, where guests have the opportunity to feed animals and learn about the marine eco-system. This allows people to get an invaluable glimpse of reef life while completely conserving the environment. Parents see a great deal of educational value in introducing their children to the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and the beauties that live within it.

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Property Details


  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • Cafe
  • First Aid Equipment
    First Aid Equipment
  • Guide
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Swimming
  • Walking

Other Information

Children are welcome.

There is access for guests with a disability.

Further Details:
This is your chance to get close and personal with their amazing marine life - see and touch a cute baby shark in the Shark Nursery; touch Pancake and Pikelet, the huge infamous Stingrays; photo opportunity with a Sea Star; and learn about the Living Reef inhabitants from the resident Marine Biologists.

How To Get There:
Daydream Island is located within the Whitsunday Islands group located on the North Eastern coast of Queensland, Australia.
By Air The Whitsundays are serviced by two domestic airports, Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island (HTI) and Whitsunday Coast Airport on the mainland at Proserpine (PPP). From Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) Cruise Whitsundays meet flights for a comfortable 30 minute catamaran cruise to Daydream Island, departing from the jetty located directly at the airport. From Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) Cruise Whitsundays offer a streamlined transfer with a 30 minute coach connection directly from the airport to Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach, where a connecting ferry transfers guests to Daydream Island in 30 minutes.

By Road The Whitsundays can be accessed via the Bruce Highway which covers the East coast of Queensland from Cairns to Brisbane. Dependant on conditions, driving time from Brisbane is approximately 12 hours north to Airlie Beach and eight hours south from Cairns. Regular coach services also operate into Airlie Beach.
Transferring from Abel Point Marina: Secure Car Parking is available. Cruise Whitsundays offer luxury launch transfers to Daydream Island from Abel Point Marina.

Stingray Splash - AUD38.00 per person Walk amongst the curious baby stingrays and their small friendly Bamboo Sharks; the experienced marine biologists will guide you through this amazing and very unique educational experience; they are de-barbed for your safety; aqua shoes are provided; hold a Sea Star and a Sea Cucumber; see the coral reef up close; and a number of different species of rays to see and feel.

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Daydream Island Resort and Spa
Daydream Island
Queensland 4741 Australia

Contact Details

07 3259 2350
1800 075 040


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