Getaway from Sydney: The Whitsundays

We spend five beautiful days in The Whitsundays in August/September last year to attend a wedding but we used the ceremony as an excuse to get away from Sydney for a short break.

Daydream Island Resort, Whitsundays, Queensland

Where to stay

We stayed at Daydream Island Resort and Spa because our friends were getting married on Daydream Island. It’s a secluded family-orientated island but we loved it. If you’re looking to save a couple of dollars, Hamilton Island is where the majority of day tours depart from and where the airport is, so you don’t have to fork out extra money on ferry transfers to another island.

Flying over the Great Barrier Reef

Getting there

We flew Jetstar from Sydney to Hamilton Island. We booked a ferry transfer through the resort when we made our reservation.


Daydream Island itself is an attraction in the Whitsundays. We tried our hand at paddle boarding in the search for turtles which are known to frequent the shores of the island. There are also spas, pools, volleyball courts and kayaks which you can use, free of charge. There’s a local population of wallabies that call the island home too so keep an eye out for them. Just watch where you step. Wallaby poop is not a good look.

We were in the region during whale watching season so each time we took a ferry between islands we saw at least one humpback. On a number of occasions we had to stop to let pods pass and in one case we had to wait for a mother and her baby to pass by. Be sure to keep an eye out for whales as soon as you land on Hamilton!

We took a number of day trips from Daydream Island to the rest of the Whitsundays. We spent one day at Hardy’s Reef for a snorkelling adventure and we went to Whitehaven Beach on half a day venture.

Because we had the wedding that took up a whole day, that was all we really had time for. It was nice to be able to escape the backend of winter in Sydney and soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches of the Whitsundays.

What do you love most about the Whitsundays? Let me know in the comments below!



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