Fodor's Expert Review Daydream Island Resort and Spa

Daydream Island Rd., Lot 1, Daydream Island, Queensland, 4870, Australia

Colorfully decorated, with whimsical touches—starfish-and-shell-embedded toilet seats, mermaid and dolphin statues, a giant chess set, an outsize marine mobiles and murals, and an ocean-fed living aquarium that meanders through the grounds—this family-focused resort has youthful, cheerful staff; many kid-friendly activities; and several public areas. Condo-style garden- or ocean-view rooms and suites have cane and blond-wood furniture, beachy color schemes, and cream-tile floors; all but a few have balconies. All are air-conditioned and equipped with flat-sceen TVs, fridges or minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Complimentary resort activities include nightly live music and outdoor movies on a 44-foot screen; rain-forest walks and scavenger hunts, beach volleyball, and snorkeling in the waters around the island. Use of the resort's gym, tennis courts, and nonmotorized water-sports equipment are also free. The tour desk can arrange offshore excursions like reef-diving trips, flights, ocean rafting, and catamaran cruises to Whitehaven beach. The Australiana-theme 19-hole miniature-golf course at the island's southern end is bargain-priced hilarity. For a fee, child care and kids' club activities are available.


  • large
  • well-run spa
  • numerous activities
  • including mini-golf and outdoor movie screenings
  • snorkeling off Lovers' Cove
  • large, well-run spa
  • numerous activities, including mini-golf and outdoor movie screenings
  • snorkeling off Lovers' Cove


  • teeming with kids
  • buffet food lackluster
  • steep fees for kids' club and babysitting
  • steep fees for kids' club and babysitting




Phones: 07-3259–2350 | 1800-075040-toll-free in Australia


280 rooms, 9 suites
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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