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Daydream Island Resort and Spa is the jewel in the crown of Queensland’s tropical Whitsundays in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. With 296 rooms and suites, modern conference facilities, a world class Rejuvenation Spa, various restaurants and bars, lagoon swimming pools, mini-golf, a fringing coral reef, an outdoor cinema and the Living Reef - one of the world’s largest outdoor aquariums, there’s something for everyone on Daydream.
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Wedding coordinators: How to organise a stress-free wedding

The wedding of Michael and Lesa Hapgood
YOUR wedding day will probably be one of the biggest events you’ll ever organise.

After the engagement ring is on your finger, there’s a lot to prepare for your big day! You’ll need to hire a venue and a celebrant, choose a photographer, select the decorations and music and decide on a theme to ‘tie’ it all together. And that’s not even the half of it!

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, then it’s a great comfort to know that as part of your wedding package Daydream Island’s professional wedding coordinators will help with all of the arrangements.

A good wedding coordinator is worth their weight in gold. They will work tirelessly to ensure your vision becomes a reality. From booking the ceremony and reception venues to liaising with external vendors like the cake artists, florist and stationers, they will make your wedding planning experience as stress-free as possible.

And on your actual wedding day, they will help manage the logistics. They will gather family members for the family portraits, ensure the venue is decorated properly and there is a knife available for cutting your three-tiered chocolate wedding cake!

For Michael and Lesa Hapgood, getting married on Daydream Island in the Whitsundays this year was , they were assigned a wedding coordinator, Kate Moore.

“Kate went through all of our needs and wants and constantly was in contact with us no matter what,” Lesa explained. “Kate was always there to answer our questions no matter how big or small or silly I thought they were. She always promptly answered my emails and seemed to work past the 9-5 hours.”

When they arrived on Daydream Island, Kate met with them to discuss the finer details of the day and accommodate all of their needs and requests.

“Michael and I had a clear idea of the food we wanted at our wedding. We did not want typical wedding food. We requested if we could have beach burgers (from Mermaids) and fish and chips. Without question Kate made this possible,” Lesa said.

Lesa and Michael's wedding day on May 14 this year went seamlessly. They were married in the Endeavour Chapel and had their reception on the Sunlovers Terrace.

“Kate was very understanding of a nervous bride to be and helped to keep me grounded. She made our day run so smoothly and perfectly, and was there every step of the way to ensure we experienced nothing less than perfection,” Lesa said.

“Both (wedding and reception) locations were set up gorgeously and met all of our expectations.”

The couple said they would be “forever thankful” to Kate for planning their special day.

“Kate has shown her true love and passion in the excellence of her work and all she does. Sometimes you forget that this is her job and you start to think of her as a friend helping you plan your wedding day,” Lesa said.

“We are planning to return to Daydream Island for our one-year anniversary and will be definitely looking forward to catching up with her.”

For more information please contact Daydream Island’s Wedding Executive on +61 7 3259 2310 or email   visit:

Aussie families Daydream of a Whitsundays holiday

Stingray Splash in The Living Reef
AUSTRALIANS have voted Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays as one of the best resorts for families in the country.

Australian families awarded the stunning resort second place in the ‘Best Australian 4 star and over family resort or hotel award category’ in the Out and About with Kids Best of Family Travel Awards 2014.

Thousands of readers of the popular national magazine Out and About with Kids cast their votes in the annual awards.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa Chief Executive Officer Scott Wilkinson said it was extremely rewarding that so many families had voted for Daydream.

“We work hard to ensure that our guests have a wonderful experience on Daydream Island by providing high-quality accommodation, fantastic food and beverages and an amazing range of activities for the whole family to enjoy,” he said. 

“There are over 20 free guest activities to enjoy including kayaks, catamarans, stand-up paddle boards, a stingray and shark feeding show and an open air cinema.

“For some rest and relaxation, parents can also escape to our award-winning Rejuvenation Spa for a pampering massage or treatment.”

“A big thank you must go to all the team for ensuring that guests continue to have amazing holidays on our island year after year.”

Daydream Island Resort and Spa is located in Queensland’s tropical Whitsundays in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, only a 30 minute boat ride from Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) and a 30 minute ferry ride from Airlie Beach.

The mutli award-winning resort features 296 rooms and suites, a great selection of dining expereinces, bars and lagoon swimming pools.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa is home to one of the world’s largest man-made coral reef lagoons known as The Living Reef. Guests can feed de-barbed stingrays, walk among curious baby stingrays, hold a sea star and learn about the marine eco-system from Daydream’s resident marine biologists.

For bookings and enquiries call reservations on 1800 075 040, visit or contact your local travel agent.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Daydream welcomes Scott Wilkinson as new CEO

Daydream Island Resort and Spa has appointed respected hospitality professional Mr Scott Wilkinson as Chief Executive Officer replacing current CEO Phil Casey who has moved to a new role as Owner’s Representative for Daydream’s owner Mr Vaughan Bullivant.

Mr Wilkinson joins Daydream from TFE Hotel Group where he was General Manager of the Five Star Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide, which won the AHA Award for Best Deluxe Hotel South Australia 2013.

He has also held senior managerial roles with hotel groups Hyatt Regency, Peppers Retreats Resorts and Hotels and Rydges Hotels and Resorts. His experience includes all aspects of hospitality management including pre-opening, refurbishments, rebranding, revenue generation and cost management.

“I’m delighted to be joining this iconic Queensland island resort and carrying on the great work by Phil Casey and his team in making Daydream the Whitsunday island resort of choice,” Mr Wilkinson said.

“We will continue to make Daydream a standout destination for leisure, conferencing and romantic getaways and with the guest experience central to everything we do."

Mr Casey has successfully lead Daydream’s operation to a period of profitability and is looking forward to remaining involved with the property and in managing Mr Bullivant’s investments.

Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the multi award-winning 4.5 star Daydream Island Resort and Spa offers 296 beautifully appointed rooms, comprehensive facilities such as the Rejuvenation Spa and Living Reef lagoons, a wide variety of activities, sparkling bays and secluded beaches, which all combine to provide a superior tropical island experience.

ENDS media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs RG Communications

Saturday, 28 June 2014

A guide to choosing your dream island reception venue

Daydream wedding reception setup
AFTER you walk down the aisle, your wedding reception is the first opportunity to relax after months of planning.

Whether your dream reception is an intimate dinner with your nearest and dearest, or a large poolside party where you can dance all night, it’s important that you choose a venue that feels ‘right’ to you.

Once you pick the right spot, everything else will fall into place.

Some important things to consider on your hunt for the perfect reception venue:  How many people do I need to cater for? Do you want your reception to be more formal or relaxed?  Do you want a formal or casual feel? Do you want a view?  Do you need space for dancing? Do you want a private venue?

Daydream Island Resort and Spa – one of the premier destination wedding venues in the country – has an option to suit all tastes. Located in the Whitsundays near the Great Barrier Reef, it’s a beautiful resort featuring white coral beaches and lush rainforests.

Here are some of the reception venues on the island:

Lovers Cove (up to 80 guests)
Lovers Cove, one of our most exclusive locations on the island, is a private sheltered inlet with a white coral beach, large deck and the Whitsunday Passage as a backdrop. This little piece of paradise is romantically lined with flares and fairy lights in the trees.

Sunlovers Terrace (up to 140 guests)
Sunlovers Terrace offers the perfect indoor/outdoor venue experience. The Terrace is on the third level of the resort, with expansive views of the Whitsunday Passage and Daydream’s tropical rainforest. With its own bar facility and dance-floor, Sunlovers Terrace is the perfect venue for your Daydream wedding reception.

Daydream's spectacular Endeavour wedding chapel
Mermaids Beach (up to 250 guests)
This coral beach is decorated with flame torches and is perfect for larger weddings. You can choose to host your reception right on the coral beach, poolside or on a grassed area along the coral beach. Whichever you prefer, Mermaids Beach is great venue to relax and unwind at the end of your wedding day.

Daydream Island Room (up to 150 guests)
Daydream’s premier indoor location, the Daydream Island Room has floor to ceiling windows overlooking a private terrace and the beautiful Sunlovers Lookout. It is the perfect venue to host a formal dinner, cocktail party or a more casual wedding reception. The tiled terrace area is great for pre-dinner canap├ęs and beverages.

Sunlovers Lookout (up to 20 guests)
This is one of Daydream’s most beautiful outdoor locations with picturesque views of the Whitsunday Passage. It’s the ideal venue for smaller weddings or elopements.

The Great Barrier Reef Room (up to 160 guests).
For a stunning view over the scenic Molle Channel and the Molle group of islands, the Great Barrier Reef Room is where you can celebrate in the privacy of this quiet part of the resort, and where your intimate reception will be forever remembered for its welcoming atmosphere and exceptional setting.

South End Cinema (up to 150 guests)
With views over the ocean to the mainland, this stunning outside location is perfect for your dream wedding. Make your day even more memorable by showing your own movie of how you both met!

Spa Balcony (up to 15 guests)
Celebrate your wedding at this intimate venue with spectacular views over the Whitsunday passage. This venue will make your wedding day truly memorable.

There’s a range of wedding reception venues on Daydream Island to suit every occasion. So why not cross off another thing on your to do list and take a look?

For all wedding enquiries please contact Daydream Island’s wedding executive on (07) 3259 2310 or email

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Living Reef unveils amazing hidden creatures

Redheaded Gobi
Daydream Island’s Living Reef has become home to some fascinating creatures, which are rarely seen without close investigation and shows the diversity of life in the resort’s iconic lagoon system.

Living Reef manager John Gaskell has recently uncovered creatures in the lagoons including the Redheaded Goby, Brittle Star, Snapping Shrimp, Squat Lobster and the Orange Spot Mantis Shrimp.

“As we continue to develop and maintain the lagoons we often discover new species we didn’t know we had,” Mr Gaskell said.

“Many of these are found living in the live rock and corals and most likely came in as juveniles and have managed to thrive. This shows the health of the lagoon system.”

Live rock has been collected under permit and transferred to the Living Reef over a number of years. Live rock is generally made up of the calcium carbonate skeleton of previously living coral. When the coral dies hundreds of microorganisms inhabit the structure, many of which are juveniles or in their larval stage.

“We’ve discovered the amazing Orange Spot Mantis Shrimp, one of the most incredible species of the marine world and something very colourful to look at which is now on display in the Living Reef Centre.”

Some of the recently discovered inhabitants found in the Living Reef include:

Redheaded Goby - Rarely seen species of goby that hides within coral reef habitats.

Coral (Trapezia) Crabs - These crabs are from the same crab family which includes species that live within Stony Corals. They feed on the tissue of the coral that they live within and with defend their coral home from other predators.

Porcelain Crab - Tiny crab with relatively unknown life history, found within coral reefs.

Brittle Star
Brittle Star - A relative of star fishes and sea urchins that can move arms independently and walk relatively fast along the ocean floor. Rarely seen during the day as they are nocturnal.

Squat Lobster - A relative of hermit crabs that does not use a sea snail shell for protection. Instead squat lobsters are excellent at hiding and can move in extremely fast bursts when threatened.

Snapping Shrimp – An amazing little shrimp with a large ‘snapping’ claw that can be opened and shut with incredible force creating a loud snapping sound. The force of the claw snapping shut generates acoustic pressures that can be heard throughout the coral reef habitat it lives in.

Orange Spot Mantis Shrimp
Orange Spot Mantis Shrimp - Mantis shrimp have the most complex eyes known to science. They have two rotating eyes that are the equivalent of six human eyes and can even see in ultra violet. Human eyes can detect a combination of three colours (red, green and blue), whereas the mantis shrimp’s eyes can detect 12, nine of which humans cannot even comprehend. To catch its prey the Orange Spot Mantis Shrimp has two smashing clubs that replace a regular shrimp’s claws. The speed at which a mantis shrimp punches out its smashing club is thought to be the fastest mechanical acceleration of any animal. It is so fast, that the impact produces cavitation bubbles - creating even more pressure.

The Living Reef is one of the world's largest man-made living coral reef lagoons. It is home to more than 140 species of colourful marine fish, 82 species of coral and 15 species of invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs.

Comprising a north and south lagoon and holding more than 1.5 million litres of water, the Living Reef lets visitors learn about and get up close to the fascinating inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef.

ENDS media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs 0419 828440 

Pictures: John Gaskell

Sunday, 15 June 2014

New chef cooks up changes at Daydream

Daydream Island Resort and Spa’s new Executive Chef Ashley Duff is cooking up some changes at the tropical Whitsundays getaway.

After spending almost a decade working on cruise ships around the world, Ashley brings a wealth of international experience to Daydream where he will be delivering a menu predominantly seafood-based complemented by tapas-style dining options.

“This perfectly suits our alfresco dining setting with the backdrop of the Whitsunday islands,” he said.

“I am incorporating more seafood into the menus and modernising them for the tropical climate we are in by steering away from gravies and jus and using more vinaigrettes.

“There is also more focus on locally produced food, from seafood such as Queensland scallops and tiger prawns, to fruit and veggies, beef, chicken and lamb. I’ll be working hard to source wonderful food from as close to Daydream as possible.”

Ashley kicked off his culinary career in Victoria where he cooked for Melbourne’s elite at various venues including five star hotels and at the exclusive Mornington Peninsula before moving to London to develop his skills.

For the past seven years he has worked with Royal Caribbean on numerous liners where he was responsible for catering for up to 3600 passengers, 24 hour a days, seven days a week.

Ashley is in charge of all food production on Daydream, from Splashes Pool Bar to signature restaurant Mermaid’s, and has already begun implementing some delicious new changes.

“In Fishbowl Tavern, we’ve introduced some of the best baby back ribs you can have. It’s a three day process to produce our ribs which are slowly caramelised on our char grill,” he said.

“In Mermaids, we will soon be introducing signature dishes like a Bouillabaisse-style seafood soup with lobster, mud crab and prawns, using some of the fantastic product we have in Queensland to really show off the restaurant.”

Mermaids a la carte restaurant offers a unique culinary experience where guests can feast on the freshest fish of the day caught straight from the sea to your plate.

Daydream also offers more relaxed dining options including the Fishbowl Tavern, Waterfalls Restaurant, Boat House Bakery, Lagoons Bar, Splashes and Gilligan’s Health Hut.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Choosing your dream wedding ceremony location

Daydream is perfect for a tropical island wedding
THE diamond ring is on your finger and the wedding date has been set – now where on earth should you get married?

Choosing the venue for your wedding is one of the most important decisions that you will make during the wedding planning process.

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where all the people who mean the most to you are gathered together in one place. It makes sense that you choose a venue that will befit this special occasion.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays is one of the most popular island wedding destinations in Australia and has a range of amazing venues to suit every style of wedding, from intimate elopements to larger, more traditional affairs. From chapels to coral beaches, Daydream Island has you covered.

Here are some of the ceremony locations on offer:

Sunset at Endeavour Wedding Chapel
Endeavour Wedding Chapel – For a more traditional ceremony, the Endeavour Wedding Chapel isthe perfect venue. Located right at the water’s edge, the Chapel features a red carpet aisle, built in sound system and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall behind the altar, offering spectacular panoramic views of the Whitsunday Passage. The service can also be streamed out over the Internet for those who are not able to be there in person.

Lovers Cove
Lovers Cove – Lovers Cove is a private sheltered white coral beach that features a large wooden deck for ceremonies and receptions. It’s a truly outdoor setting with waves rolling in just metres away and the Whitsunday Passage as your backdrop.

Mermaid’s Beach – Mermaid’s Beach is a stunning expanse of coral beach with the picturesque blue waters of the Coral Sea offering a beautiful backdrop. Daydream Island’s resident three ‘mermaids’ are also a unique feature! If you’re looking at having a large wedding, Mermaid’s Beach is tailor made for your event.

Sunlover’s Lookout – This is one of the most beautiful outdoor locations on Daydream Island with expansive views over the Whitsunday Passage.  A romantic location that is perfect for more intimate services including elopements.

Sunset Beach Gazebo – Located on the south side of the island, The Sunset Beach Gazebo boasts stunning views over the ocean to the mainland. It’s ideal for more intimate services.

Whatever location you choose, romantic Daydream Island is the perfect way to celebrate your special day in your own individual way.

Please contact Daydream Island’s wedding executive on (07) 3259 2310 or email

Wedding at Mermaids Beach

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