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Whitsundays: Day Tours by Ferry from Airlie Beach - Daydream Island

Updated on May 29, 2012

Welcome to Daydream


The Beautiful Whitsundays

Do yourself a favour, come to north Queensland, Australia and discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands and everything that surrounds them. With 74 islands in all, traversing the Whitsundays is a must for tourists and locals alike. Put it on your list of things to do. Imagine sun drenched days followed by cool sea breezes in the evening. Make a list, alphabetically, start with Daydream Island and work your way through from Hamilton to Long or Pigeon. Park yourself in luxury at one of the fine apartment style resorts or flop down on a bunk bed at one of the budget backpacker units in Airlie Beach and look forward to memorable moments of sailing, ferry rides, fishing charters or motorboat jaunts to the islands.

Only eight of the Whitsunday 74 islands are inhabited. Some have five star resort accommodation and are surrounded by tropical rainforests and national parks providing guests with the best of both worlds. For the underwater adventurers there are a number of places to snorkel or dive from the reefs.

Catch the ferry from Abel Point Marina

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Daydream Island

A few minutes walk from Airlie Beach, a ferry ride will take 25 minutes from Abel Point Marina to Daydream Island. On a clear day (and most of them are in the Whitsundays) a number of other islands are within view as the ferry follows the coast line on an easterly course. The ferry docks at the Daydream Island Resort jetty where a porter will great you with a necklace made from shells and offer a ride on the golf cart to take you to the resort or the main events end of the island.

The island is relatively small and easy to walk the entire length in ten minutes. At the south end stop for a coffee at the bakery before taking a walk round the Australian mini golf track. For the adventurous there is a bush track leading up the hillside and back to the northern end of the island with viewing stops along the way to take in the scenic beauty of the ocean, islands and main land beyond.

Cruise Whitsundays ferries depart from Abel Point Marina several times throughout the course of the day. Current cost from Airlie Beach to Daydream Island at May 2012 is $32 per adult $21 per child each way.

First View of Daydream Island


Live Coral, Tropical Fish


Mermaid Beach

Daydream Island is all about the water. The island is, of course, surrounded by it with two main swimming beaches, Mermaid Beach at the north end and an area for jet skiing on the north shore. Resort style swimming pools stretch from one end of the island to the other so there is always somewhere to cool off and swim for as long as you want.

Walking bridges over salt water ponds show off the live coral, fish, sharks and stingrays providing a safe way to see what happens under the surface of the ocean. The brilliant colours of the tropical fish make them easy to spot.

Cocktails by the pool or in the pool followed by lunch at the Mermaid Beach Restaurant is an absolute delight. A seafood platter for one gives a taste of oysters, crab, prawns and Moreton Bay bugs, a perfect treat to round off the tropical experience.

Relax at Mermaid Beach

Easterly outlook to Mermaid Beach
Easterly outlook to Mermaid Beach | Source
Walk to the southern tip of Daydream Island in a few minutes
Walk to the southern tip of Daydream Island in a few minutes

Island Hop the Whitsundays

Island hopping is a great way to spend time in the Whitsundays. Blue skies, even bluer seas contrasting against the backdrop of the lush tropical rainforest, the only disappointment will be the lack of time to see them all!

Whitsunday Islands


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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      So glad you enjoyed your holiday Eiddwen. Stop by anytime and bask in the beautiful weather we have here in Queensland. They say there are two colours in the Whitsundays, green and blue, but there are many different shades of those two colours. It's true, as I look out toward the bay all I see is the green of the rainforest and the different hues of a blue sky and ocean. I'm in a writer's paradise.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Who wouldn't want to go on their holidays to these places.

      If I close my eyes and click on my imagination button then I'm away, sunbathing on Mermaid Beach or exploring on Day Dream Island.

      Oh no goodness gracious me what's that??!!!!!

      Oh it was the timer letting me know that food is ready, oh well so much for my sunbathing and exploring!!

      Thank you Karanda for taking me on holiday even if it was only for a couple of minutes.

      Take care and God Bless you.

      Oh yes and I'm giving this a beautiful and a vote up and also I am bookmarking it so I can go on holiday again when i have a few moments to spare. Ha ha ha !!

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Airlie Beach is actually part of Australia on the north eastern coastline. The island is one of many off the coast that make up the Whitsundays. Yes, it is a most beautiful area and hope to see you this way if you ever get a chance to visit. Thank you for your kind words.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful Island. Actually I never know about Airlie beach before. But I believe this is the beautiful one. I'll put this place on my travel list. I hope I can visit this place if we go to Aussie. Thank you very much for showing me about this Island. Very information and very well written. I love all the beautiful picture. I can't wait to vote up this hub.

      Warm regard and blessing,


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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      It is hard to resist and what a place to go for lunch. I've been over to the island twice now and can't wait for the next time. Thanks for the comment Princessa.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      It looks like a Paradise, great setting and delicious seafood platters...mmmm who could resist it?

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Keep writing and working towards your dreams Tim and who knows? One day I could be meeting you at the jetty and saying, welcome to the Whitsundays. It wasn't that long ago it was a very distant dream for me too, but it all came about sooner than I could have ever imagined!

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      Timstown 7 years ago from New Jersey

      Now I really want to spend a week on an island somewhere (this one would definitely do). Looks like a really relaxing environment. One day I'll actually be able to afford to visit somewhere like that... one day.