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Latest news from Daydream Island Resort

Due to reopen to the public in April 2019, Daydream Island Resort has been forging ahead with their renovations and has some exciting announcements too.

New Living Reef experiences

A big focus of the Living Reef is education and a new Reef Exploration Centre is being built to provide hands on learning experiences for visitors to the island.

Insider info says there are more exciting Living Reef announcements yet to come!

First baby shovelnose ray born in captivity in Australia

Barry baby shovelnose ray Daydream Island 2018In January 2018, one of the island’s marine biologists, Nick Guinee, made the heart-warming discovery of a baby shovelnose ray in the stingray enclosure. Believed to be just the second to be born in captivity in the world, it’s a first for Australia.

Early breeding behaviour amongst the rays in Daydream Island’s Living Reef was witnessed in September. This demonstrating that the creatures felt comfortable and safe in their environment, which closely mimics their natural habitat.

The baby was measured at 34cm in length, and will take around 7 years to mature to an adult size of over 1.5m.

A competition to name the baby ray was run with local Cannonvale State School students.

Inspired by the Great Barrier Reef, the baby ray was christened “Barry” by the students.

Daydream Island new restaurant Graze our to open April 2019, artists impressionNew Daydream Island restaurants, with Bradley Martin appointed Executive Chef

Queenslander Bradley Martin will lead the culinary tem at Daydream Island, with a whole new raft of restaurants and cuisines to show off the best fresh produce Queensland can offer.

With experience in Hilton, and Sheraton properties, Novotel Twin Waters, and most recently at Taumeasina Island Resort in Samoa, he brings a wealth of experience to the island.

New restaurants will feature live cooking stations in the modern buffet restaurant, Graze; Asian fusion dishes from up to five different nations in Infinity; while Inkstone Kitchen & Bar will offer modern Australian dishes with unique, vibrant and well-balanced flavours.

Daydream Island logo 2019New Daydream Island logo unveiled

In November 2018, Daydream Island unveiled their new logo. A twist on the classic beloved mermaid logo, it now incorporates the stingrays that feature in the Living Reef with the unique Whitsunday blue of the ocean.

Learn more about Daydream Island.


Want to charter a bareboat for a holiday and visit Daydream Island in 2019?

Whitsunday Escape’s friendly, helpful reservations staff can recommend which boats might suit you, help you choose dates to charter, and give you advice on everything from where to shop, to how to get some experience before you arrive.

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