Daydream Island and Hamilton Island

During our recent holiday we visited Daydream Island and Hamilton Island which are part of the Whitsunday Islands – a collection islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland , Australia. The group’s commercial centre is  Hamilton island. Whitsunday islands are a popular tourist destination for travellers to Queensland and the Great Barrier reef with the area being one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere.

Daydream Island

Daydream Island resort and Spa pretty much takes up the entire island.   The resort is split in two – one part on the north end of the island, the other on the south end, with the middle being a nature walk over a hilly rock rising up about 150 feet from sea level.

DSC_0252 DSC_0253 DSC_0256DSC_0257Daydream  is one of the closest of the Whitsunday Island resorts to the coast. Unique to the island is a man-made outdoor aquarium, the Living Reef, where you can hand feed the resident stingrays, sharks and barramundi fish.
DSC_0258 DSC_0259 (2)DSC_0260 DSC_0261 DSC_0267DSC_0266DSC_0262 DSC_0264The mermaid statues are named Serenity, Aphrodesia and Infinity, representing respectively mind, body and spirit.   They were created by David Joffee.

DSC_0265 The island is very small and you can walk around it including a natures walk over the hill back to the reef in about 40 minutes. There are lots of places to sit and relax an take in the beautiful views.DSC_0254Hamilton Island

Hamilton is the only island in the Great Barrier with its own airport making travel simple. Flights depart daily from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns.
DSC_0281The Marina, main shopping and  eating centre, the most popular mode of transport is the golf cart, there are lots of them! There is a free bus around the resorts.

DSC_0271Beautiful and relatively quiet beaches (being the middle of winter), hate to think what they look like in the summer!. Resorts and beaches full of people are not really our thing but a beautiful place to visit..

DSC_0269 DSC_0270The view from the lift of the Reef Hotel.

DSC_0272 DSC_0273 DSC_0275 DSC_0276 One of the two high rise hotels,  the buildings here were supposed to be no higher than the highest palm tree. Apparently someone planted a palm tree high enough on the hill to cover the height of these two building – Pity really.DSC_0277 DSC_0279 DSC_0306  The yacht clubDSC_0309Leaving Hamilton Island – interesting, beautiful and apparently no more buildings can be built here so most of the island will remain un-spoilt.

DSC_0311A private island close to Hamilton Island – imagine living here!DSC_0312Sun setting as we leave Hamilton Island – after a great day!DSC_0316

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