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Australia's new Daydream Island Resort set to inspire next generation of environmental guardians

Daydream Island Resort
Australian Reef Resort’s £57.5M redesign focuses on marine ecology
Daydream Island Resort, dreamily located in Australia’s Whitsundays, reopens in April 2019 after a A$100 million (approx. £57.5 million) refurbishment, is focused on its role as custodian of the pristine and irreplaceable marine ecosystem it enjoys.

Three resident marine biologists will ensure the revitalised resort continues to champion conservation, monitor marine life and inspire environmental awareness in addition to providing a secluded sanctuary in a spectacular setting.

Sitting between the Queensland mainland and the Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island Resort will provide a tropical haven for couples and families, and include an enhanced environmental educational offering centred on The Living Reef, designed by leading Australian marine biologist, Johnny Gaskell.

The Living Reef will be a free-form coral lagoon wrapping 200 metres around the resort, holding over 1.5 million litres of water. Gaskell and his colleagues, husband-and-wife Nick Guinee and Louise Kirk, all live on the island full-time and have worked with the resort for almost five years. The redesigned lagoon represents the varied habitats of the Whitsundays and includes feeding stations and an underwater observatory.

Gaskell said: “Interaction is the best way to inspire, and our objective is to allow guests to see for themselves how our marine environment impacts the wider ecosystem. Feeding our 18-year old stingray, Pikelet, will doubtless remain a daily highlight for guests, complementing the more serious aspects of our work including marine health checks, coral monitoring and preservation, and other projects.”

He added: “As custodians of this magical environment, it’s vital we preserve and restore where we can, and by inspiring our guests to be environmental guardians - both on holiday and when they head home - will mean Daydream Island Resort plays a meaningful role in sustainable tourism in Australia.”

Inspired by The Living Reef to see more of The Great Barrier Reef - the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms - Daydream Island Resort’s guests can explore the island and surrounding Marine Park by sail boat or self-guided snorkel safari. Helicopter sightseeing experiences over the Great Barrier Reef and to Whitehaven Beach - a four-mile stretch of pristine white sand on Whitsunday Island - are also available.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world's soft corals,134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world's seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals.

“We more than doubled our planned refurbishment investment subsequent to 2017’s Cyclone Debbie, with ecological protection and sustainable access to our marine environment at the forefront of all we’re doing,” says Jayson Heron, Daydream Island Resort’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

“Our position at the heart of the natural splendour of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef means we’re ideally placed for sharing information on how we can all contribute to preserving and protecting the world’s largest living structure, and implementing measures in our day-to-day lives to preserve and protect the environment.”

Daydream Island Resort is easily accessible by Cruise Whitsundays sea transfer from Port of Airlie or by air shuttle from Whitsunday Coast Airport. Both are situated just 2.5 hours flight time from Sydney.

Daydream Island Resort is due to reopen in April 2019 with rooms starting from around £180 per night. Discover more at

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