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1800 075 040

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

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Get ready for Daydream’s Easter Eggstravaganza

Daydream Island Resort and Spa is launching a series of egg-citing activities for families to celebrate Easter Sunday on April 5, 2015.

The day’s proceedings will kick off at 10am when the Easter Bunny arrives at the Atrium, followed by a photo session at Lagoon’s Lounge until 10.30am.

Families are then invited to a traditional Easter Egg hunt at the Southern End Grass at 11am where they can search for hundreds of chocolate eggs.

The Easter Egg hunt will be immediately followed by some fun games for everyone to enjoy including Egg and Spoon Races, Potato Sack Races and Three Legged Races at the Southern End Grass from 11.15am-12pm.

There will be face painting, Easter colouring activities and Easter crafts from 12.30pm-1.30pm in the Southern End Gazebo.

The day will wrap up with an action packed game of Twilight Mini Golf at 5.30pm and a movie at the outdoor cinema from 7.30pm.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa’s resort manager Warren McCorriston said the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter activities were extremely popular with families.

“What better way to celebrate Easter Sunday than by being on a beautiful tropical island? It will be a fantastic day out for the whole family,” he said.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa is located in Queensland’s stunning Whitsunday Islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

The multi award-winning resort is home to one of the world’s largest man-made living reef lagoons known as The Living Reef, a great selection of restaurants and bars, a fringing coral reef and Rejuvenation Spa offering a comprehensive selection of health and beauty treatments.

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

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

5 Reasons Daydream Island is one of Australia’s top snorkelling spots

Juvenile Anemonefish at Daydream Island
IF snorkelling with the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, you may want to book a trip to Daydream Island immediately.

Located in the Whitsundays, Daydream Island is one of the most naturally beautiful islands in Australia with white coral beaches and turquoise seas.

The island is also a snorkeller’s paradise.

John Gaskell, the manager of Daydream Island’s Living Reef attraction, and resident marine biologist, said the waters surrounding the island were teaming with fish and coral.

“The diversity of fish and corals found around Daydream Island is comparable to even the most dense parts of the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.

He said the coral reefs, particularly those around popular Lovers Cove, allowed people to snorkel in a safe environment that boasted many of the region’s marine wonders.

Here are five great reasons you should snorkel at Daydream Island:

1) Easy Access

The island is easily accessible to travellers and is only a 30-minute ferry trip from the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island (which has direct flights daily to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns).

Travellers can also fly to the Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine on the mainland. From the airport, there is a 30-minute transfer to the Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach, where a connecting ferry transfers guests to Daydream in 30 minutes.

Once you get to the island, you can immediately go snorkelling off one of the island’s most popular locations, Lovers Cove.

2) You can see Nemo’s Cousin!

Ever since the Disney movie Finding Nemo, children and adults have alike have been fascinated by the striking orange Clownfish or ‘Nemo’.

At Daydream Island, snorkellers can see ‘Nemo’s cousin, the gorgeous Red-And-Black Anemonefish. They can also see five other Anemonefish from the same genus in this part of the Great Barrier Reef.

“Evidence of breeding Red-and-Black Anemonefish is an indicator of the health of the fringing reef habitat that surrounds Daydream Island,” said Mr Gaskell.

3) Great variety

Surf Parrotfish viewed whilst snorkelling at Lovers Cove
Daydream Island has a diverse and extensive marine ecosystem. Just a few metres off the shore of popular Lovers Cove, snorkellers can see a variety of colourful fish including the aforementioned Red-And-Black- Anemone Fish, the colourful Surf Parrot fish, the Blue Tuskfish, Fusiliers and Sergeant Majors.

4) The Fish Come to You!

If snorkelling is a bit too much effort, you can just sit in the shallows and wait for the fish to come to you! A staff member will simply throw fish pellets into the water and before you know it, the fish will be swimming around your feet. Easy!

5) Education

Want to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef?

Daydream Island is also home to one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons, the Living Reef. It features more than 140 species of marine fish and 80 species of coral and guests have the opportunity to hand feed resident stingrays, sharks and barramundi.

There’s also the Living Reef Ranger program for those guests who want an extended hands-on Living Reef experience and become more educated about the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and the animals that live within it.

Bookings can be made at the Activities Desk.

For more information on visiting Daydream Island visit

Monday, 2 March 2015

Taste of the Whitsundays - Blackened Yellow Fin Tuna

This amazing dish -- blackened yellow fin tuna, with olive and potato ragout, basil pesto, has been created by our executive chef, Ashley Duff.

If you would like to make this for yourself at home, here’s the recipe:

Name:  Blackened yellow fin tuna, with olive and potato ragout, basil pesto

Serves: 4

Amount                        Ingredients/Details

¼ cup                          Fine chopped parsley
¼ cup                          Fine sliced basil leaves
4 each                         Yellow fin tuna steaks 200g
50 grms                       Black, white, pink pepper corns
20 grms                       Unsalted butter
1 each                         Brown onion, fine dice
1 clove                        Garlic fine chopped
6 each                         Dutch cream potatoes, medium dice
2 each                         Roma tomato, de-seeded and small dice
100 grms                     Kalamata olives, de-seeded, sliced
4 leaves                      Basil fried
Pinch                           Sea Salt
Pinch                           fresh ground pepper
250mls                        white chicken stock
250mls                        Clam juice
Taste                           Olive oil           
1 each                         Lemon zest & juice
50 mls                          Basil pesto


1. Roast pepper corns in a dry pan and crush, add lemon zest
2. Season tuna steaks with sea salt
3. Drizzle tuna with olive oil and press tuna steaks into the pepper mix, top and bottom set aside
4. Melt butter in a heavy based pan with a little olive oil, on a high heat
5. add onions and sauté without colour
6. Add garlic and lightly fry until lightly coloured
7. Add potatoes and cook until starting to brown add tomatoes stir
8. Add the clam and chicken stocks, bring to simmer and reduce heat to medium
9. Simmer for 20mins or until stock has been absorbed and potatoes and tender
10. Add olives, fresh parsley and basil
11. Season with salt and pepper
12. Het heavy base pan with olive oil
13. Cook tuna for 1 ½ mins on each side, rest steaks for 2 mins then slice in half
14. Fry basil leaves and drain on paper towel
15. With a large kitchen spoon, place 150grms of the potato and olive ragout in the centre of a large white plate
16. Place tuna steaks on top and garnish with fried basil and a drizzle of basil pesto

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