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For further information or to book your Dream Holiday to Daydream Island Resort and Spa, book online or contact our Reservations Department on:
Toll Free Australia:
1800 075 040

Phone: +61 7 3259 2350 - Fax: +61 7 3259 2399

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Coral spawning season begins on Daydream Island


Daydream Island’s resident biologists were witness to one of the world’s natural wonders last week – the annual coral spawning in the Great Barrier Reef.

The amazing phenomenon, which usually resembles an underwater snowstorm, occurs when hard coral polyps simultaneously release egg and sperm into the water column to increase the chance of fertilisation.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa’s Living Reef Manager John Gaskell said island biologists had seen the spectacular sight while diving in the waters off the island.

“The annual coral spawning is an event that has to be seen to be believed,” he said.

“The Great Barrier Reef coral spawning is often referred to as the biggest reproductive phenomenon on earth. We’re incredibly lucky to see such a rare event.”

He said the event always occurred a few days after the full moon in November or December, around two to three hours after dark when most of the day predators were less active.

Large spawning events on Western Australia's reefs usually occur in autumn, while large events on the Great Barrier Reef usually occur in late spring or early summer.

Mr Gaskell said researchers had predicted there would be another spawning event on the Great Barrier Reef approximately four days after the December full moon.

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 award-winning resort features 296 rooms and suites, a great selection of restaurants and bars, lagoon swimming pools, a fringing coral reef to explore and a Rejuvenation Spa offering health and beauty treatments.

There are over 20 free guest activities, which include kayaks, catamarans, stand-up paddleboards, a stingray and shark feeding show and an open-air cinema.

For more information visit www.daydreamisland.com

ENDS Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Celebrate New Years at Daydream Island


See in the New Year with two spectacular fireworks shows, live music and views of the Whitsunday Passage at Daydream Island Resort and Spa.

Daydream has just opened bookings for its popular annual New Year’s Eve dinner and bookings are expected to fill up soon.

“Why not celebrate the start of 2015 in true island style?” said Daydream Island Resort and Spa Manager Warren McCorriston.

“You’ll be able to dance the night away under swaying palms and a sky full of fireworks. You can enjoy delicious food and drinks, great music from live band Honey Remixed and a beautiful tropical island backdrop. It will be a truly amazing night.”

There will be two different dinner options to choose from.

Waterfalls Restaurant will be hosting a sensational seafood buffet. Sittings are from 5.30pm and tickets are $130 for adults, $85 for children (14-18 years), $55 for children (eight to 13 years) and $20 for children (infant to eight years).

Mermaids Restaurant will be hosting a ‘Black and White’ themed three-course dinner from 6pm-9.30pm. Cost is $120 for adults, $80 for children (14-18 years), $50 for children (eight to 13 years) and $20 for children (infant to eight years).

For bookings and enquiries call events on (07) 4967 6023.

Daydream’s Private Romantic Dinners

Romantic private dinner at Lovers Cove
Indulge in a romantic, private candlelight dinner on the beach under the stars as part of a private dinner offering from Daydream Island Resort and Spa.

Daydream Island is offering guests their own private dinners with personal waiter, white linen and a sumptuous four-course dinner with a bottle of wine.

Guests can choose from up to six locations around the island including Lovers Cove and Mermaids Beach, and a lookout with views over spectacular Whitsunday Passage.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa wedding sales executive Alicia Evans said the private dinners were unforgettable experiences perfect for special occasions such as elopements, anniversaries, small weddings and wedding proposals.

“Your private dining experience begins with some delicious amuse bouches enjoyed with a bottle of white, red or sparkling wine,” she said.

“Daydream Island’s executive chef has created some decadent flavours for the entrees and main meals, such as beef tenderloin with pommes pont neuf, broccoli and horseradish cream served with a red current jus or red fillet emperor served on Asian greens.

“A private waiter will tend to all of your dining needs, while you take in the beautiful surroundings and soak in the relaxed atmosphere.

“It’s a wonderful way to celebrate your time on Daydream Island.”

Private dinners for two people are priced from $500 per couple, depending on location. Additional guests are $90 per individual and $160 per couple.

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 award-winning resort features 296 rooms and suites, a great selection of restaurants and bars, lagoon swimming pools, a fringing coral reef to explore and a Rejuvenation Spa offering health and beauty treatments. There are over 20 free guest activities which include kayaks, catamarans, stand-up paddleboards, a stingray and shark feeding show and an open-air cinema.

For more information visit www.daydreamisland.com

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Baby Nemos to find new home at Daydream Island

Male clownfish nurturing the eggs

Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the tropical Whitsundays is getting ready to welcome its first set of baby ‘Nemos’ to the world.

Daydream’s marine biologists have discovered that one of the resort’s six clownfish pairs have laid its first batch of eggs in the Nemoville Lagoon in the iconic Living Reef attraction. The clownfish pair will guard the eggs until they hatch within the next 10 days.

The clownfish, known for its striped orange and white appearance, is often referred to as ‘Nemo’ after the main character of the popular Disney animated film, Finding Nemo.

“With the sea temperatures slowly increasing, many species of fish have begun spawning and sights like this will become more common,” said Living Reef Manager John Gaskell.

“It is great to see that the animals in the Living Reef on Daydream Island are healthy and happy enough in their environment to reproduce.”

Clownfish are monogamous, choosing one partner for life. When the conditions are right and as the water temperature warms up, the male will prepare an area suitable for the female to lay her eggs. The nest area is usually on a hard surface next to an anemone so the anemone tentacles protect the eggs. Once the female lays her eggs it is the male that does most of the work, making sure the eggs are well ventilated and protected from predators. Clownfish eggs hatch in less than 10 days depending on the temperature of the water.

The female standing guard
“Once the young clownfish hatch they will generally be carried away by currents and hopefully drift towards an anemone where they might establish their new home,” John Gaskell said.

“We will endeavour to catch some and put them in a holding tank to ensure survival, though this might be difficult as they hatch at night.

“Either way we can expect an increase in our clownfish population which is always one of our most popular attractions.”

Daydream Island Resort and Spa’s 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.

For more information visit www.daydreamisland.com 

Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs
Pictures: John Gaskell


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Three awards for Daydream Island and entry into Hall of Fame

Daydream Island Resort and Spa was one of the big winners at the Whitsunday Tourism & Business Awards 2014 after winning three awards at the gala event which was held on Saturday evening in Proserpine

The resort took out the Best Tourist Attraction for the Living Reef - one of the world’s largest man-made living lagoons, Best Deluxe Accommodation and the People’s Choice categories.

It is the third year in a row Daydream Island has taken out the Deluxe Accommodation category and as a result was also enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

“The Daydream experience is always evolving and we are very excited to be recognised in three categories of the Whitsundays Tourism Awards,” Daydream Island Resort and Spa CEO Scott Wilkinson said.

“These awards reflect the hard work resort manager Warren McCorriston and the entire team put in to ensure we offer the very best experiences, from our Living Reef lagoon to our pampering Rejuvenation Spa, extensive list of activities and more.

“We are particularly thrilled to again win the Deluxe Accommodation category and to be included into the Hall of Fame.

'Stingray Splash' in the Living Reef
“Winning the People’s Choice category is especially pleasing as it’s voted on by members of the public.

“I’d also like to acknowledge our owner Mr Vaughan Bullivant for his vision for the resort and congratulate Living Reef manager John Gaskell and his team for the advances made this year.”

Located in Queensland’s tropical Whitsundays in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the award-winning resort features 296 rooms and suites, a great selection of restaurants and bars, lagoon swimming pools and a fringing coral reef to explore.

Daydream’s award-winning 2,650sqm Living Reef is one of the world’s largest man-made living lagoons - home to more than 115 species of fish and 80 coral species native to the Great Barrier Reef.

Its star attractions include brother and sister leopard rays Hansel and Gretel, brown stingrays Pikelet and Pancake, female black tip reef sharks Cookie and Nibble, white spot mangrove rays Bill and Barb and black shovelnose ray, Jack.

Guided by Living Reef biologists, visitors can take part in fish and shark feeding shows or programs like the Stingray Splash, where guests walk knee-deep into the Living Reef and hand-feed and pat de-barbed stingrays.

Daydream also offers the Rejuvenation Spa with 16 treatment rooms, which offers health and beauty treatments designed to pamper and reinvigorate the mind, body and soul; along with over 20 free guest activities such as kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, mini-golf and an open air cinema.

The Whitsunday Tourism & Business Awards aim to recognise growth in tourism products and services as well as sustainable economic and social benefits that flow from a booming tourism industry.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa was recently awarded fourth place in the ‘Australia, Over 4 Stars’ category of the Holidays with Kids Readers Choice Top 10 Awards 2014.

Daydream’s Rejuvenation Spa was also named a finalist in the Hotel/Resort Spa of the Year category in the annual Pevonia Awards.

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

ENDS Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs

Aussie urban/pop group Justice Crew on Daydream Island


HOLIDAYMAKERS at Daydream Island Resort and Spa would have got the surprise of a lifetime last week when they spotted Australian chart-toppers Justice Crew enjoying a working holiday on the island.

The six-member all-male urban/pop group has been filming the video clip for its latest single Rise and Fall on the picturesque Whitsunday Island.

The winner of the fourth season of Australia’s Got Talent, Justice Crew has already achieved two number one singles with Boom Boom and Que Sera.

Justice Crew member Solo Tohi said the group had been busy jet skiing, snorkelling, taking a rainforest walk, fish feeding at the Living Reef and a enjoying a bonfire at Lover’s Cove.

“It’s been an amazing experience out here on Daydream Island,” he said.

“It makes me realise and appreciate how beautiful our country is. Being around nature is calming and it's such a beautiful place to wake up in and step away from the city madness. Can't wait to come back for a holiday!”

Daydream Island Resort and Spa chief executive officer Scott Wilkinson said, “We’re pleased that Daydream Island offered the perfect tropical backdrop for Justice Crew’s new single Rise and Fall and that we could provide them with a wonderful island experience in the stunning Whitsunday Islands,” he said.

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 award-winning resort features 296 rooms and suites, a great selection of restaurants and bars, lagoon swimming pools, a fringing coral reef to explore and a Rejuvenation Spa offering health and beauty treatments.

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

Monday, 6 October 2014

Romance in the Whitsundays

ENJOY a special picnic on a remote coral beach in the Whitsundays as part of a romantic holiday offer for couples from Daydream Island Resort and Spa.

Daydream is offering couples four nights of accommodation in an Ocean Balcony Room from just $1,450 per person (room upgrades available).

The offer also includes a helicopter flight to Whitehaven Beach with a one-hour stopover plus a gourmet picnic basket, a three-course dinner at Mermaids Restaurant, a scrumptious full buffet breakfast daily, a 60-minute massage per adult per stay, return luxury transfers from Great Barrier Reef Airport or Whitsunday Coast Airport and chocolates and sparkling wine in room on arrival.

Terms and conditions apply – please enquire for more details.

Daydream offers fine dining options including your choice of dining in Mermaids Restaurant or indulging in a private dining experience overlooking Mermaids Beach or alternatively, romantic Lovers Cove.

Whether you’re on your honeymoon or just looking to put some romance back into your relationship, an intimate tropical island escape at Daydream Island is the perfect escape for any couple.

Daydream Island 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 multi-award winning resort features 296 rooms and suites, a great selection of dining experiences, bars and lagoon swimming pools.

Guests can also unwind at Daydream’s renowned Rejuvenation Spa which offers a range of health and beauty treatments and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The Spa offers a holistic approach to wellbeing, offering the health benefits of naturopathy, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and massage, along with beauty therapies using products such as Pevonia Botanica and Eles Mineral Make up.

There are also more than 20 free activities to enjoy including kayaks, catamarans, stand-up paddle boards, a stingray and shark feeding show at The Living Reef lagoon and an open air cinema.

For bookings please call our Wedding Sales Executive on (07) 3259 2310, email weddings@daydreamisland.com or contact your local travel agent or visit www.daydreamisland.com.

ENDS   Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs  brenton@rgcommunications.com.au
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