The Whitsundays have had a challenging few years thanks to damage caused by Cyclone Debbie back in 2017 but after extensive renovations and the redevelopment, the holiday destination is now back on top as one of Australia’s top destinations.

Daydream Island Resort welcomed its first guests back in April this year and the transformed resort is the epitome of a tropical paradise. The Living Reef takes centre stage in the resort and is back twice as big featuring an underwater observatory from which guests can view the marine life.

Daydream Island Living Reef
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Guest are treated to stunning views as they wake up plus a choice of three restaurants, bars, modern rooms and a swimming pool and spa hub with a poolside bar.

Daydream Island Resort Pool
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Coinciding with the opening of Daydream Island Resort is the Intercontinental Resort on neighbouring Hayman Island. The luxurious and exclusively private 5 star island resort is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and is a quiet place to recharge the batteries.

Hayman Island Resort Suite
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Luxury suites are situated around the beach, pool or lagoon and are fitted out with stylish furniture and a blindingly beautiful balcony overlooking the Coral Sea.  In fact, the resort boasts the largest pool in the Southern Hemisphere with stunning views of surrounding islands. The accommodation options are in addition to the lavish digs available at Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach on the mainland.

Hayman Island Resort Pool
Image Caption- Intercontinental Resort Hayman Island

The stylish island resorts offer a bounty of activities, however, if you want to explore remote coral reefs or the world famous Whitehaven Beach then don’t fret because there are many tour operators to help make your day extraordinary.

Among the top Whitsunday experiences travellers choose from are scenic helicopter flights, ocean rafting tours to Whitehaven Beach and Great Barrier Reef adventures.

Great Barrier Reef

Heart Pontoon

The Whitsundays are a great launchpad to visit the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. A full day adventure will take you to the Heart Pontoon reef facility where you can enjoy unlimited snorkelling, a delicious tropical buffet lunch, guided semi-submarine tours and hours spent gazing at the tropical sea critters in the underwater observatory.

The outer reef facility is close to the unique heart reef and passengers can pay to join a scenic helicopter flight to view this special coral reef from above or explore the depths of the Great Barrier Reef on guided scuba dive perfect for beginners or more advanced water enthusiasts.

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Scenic Flights

Whitsundays Seaplane adventures

The Queensland gem is made up of 74 islands that sit on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. However, it’s not until you see the spectacular scenery from the air do you truly appreciate the grandeur of Australia’s natural wonder. Join a seaplane or helicopter flight ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours or even a half day adventure with a landing on Whitehaven Beach and you’ll never want to leave this tropical paradise.

Soaring above secluded beaches, islands and colourful coral reefs; a scenic flight over The Whitsundays and The Great Barrier Reef is a must do activity when you visit the region.

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Ocean Rafting to Whitehaven Beach

Ocean Rafting Whitsundays

With so much to explore and such little time, Ocean Rafting Adventures are a thrilling way to see as much as possible in a day. A ride on the fast-paced ocean raft is a rush thanks to the turbo-powered engine that swiftly gets you to your destination.

Walk on the pristine and incredibly soft silica sands that make Whitehaven Beach famous all across the globe. The aquatic adventure incorporates beach time with opportunities for snorkelling and the journey out to the island is half the fun.

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For more information about The Whitsundays, Airlie Beach or any of the experiences mentioned in the article head to Experience Oz to find all the top things to do in the Whitsundays.

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