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Daydream Island Resort and Spa’s resident marine biologist and Living Reef manager, John Gaskell, is so impressed by the diversity of marine life found around Daydream Island that he decided to document it in a new book, Beneath Daydream Island. Daydream is located just off Queensland’s Whitsunday Coast and only a two-hour boat ride from the heart of the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. Mr Gaskell said that Daydream has a rich diversity of marine life immediately off the island supported by a complex fringing reef habitat. daydream island “You can view much of this by simply snorkeling around the island or by scuba diving,” Mr Gaskell said. “If you’re experienced then a night dive reveals a whole other world of animals and colour. “The fringing reef off Daydream is one of the healthiest ecosystems in the Whitsundays.” There is a combination of tropical species found throughout the inshore and outer reefs and a diversity of life comparable to some of the densest Australian marine habitats. From tiny coral polyps to seasonal humpback whale visits, most major marine animal groups are represented here. This includes corals, reef fishes, sea turtles, crabs, shrimps, octopuses, sea stars, sharks and rays. Some of the amazing marine animals to be found include sea snails, sea jellies, marine worms, sea cucumbers, surf parrotfish, honeycomb cod, and everyone’s favourite, red and black anemonefish – commonly known as clownfish. “One of the more spectacular events we’ve witnessed here at Daydream is the coral spawning which occurs each year in late spring at night, roughly four days after a full moon,” Mr Gaskell said. “The stony corals around Daydream have such a high density which makes for a spectacular sight. The spawning can be compared to a silent underwater snowstorm where millions of pink, yellow and white specks rise slowly to the surface.” Mr Gaskell took all the images in the book during his many diving and snorkeling trips around the island. “This book was produced in the hope that many others will be inspired to experience Daydream Island’s wonders first hand,” he said. Beneath Daydream Island can be purchased at any retail outlet on Daydream Island for $20. For more information on Daydream Island Resort and Spa visit www.daydreamisland.com
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Iconic Queensland tropical island destination Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays will (subject to Government approval) be sold to China Capital Investment Group (www.ccig.com) for an undisclosed sum. It is currently intended that the sale will take place in mid March 2015. Following an extensive international marketing campaign, Daydream Island’s long-time owner Mr Vaughan Bullivant has secured a sale to CCIG Australia Pty Ltd and CCIG Investments Pty Ltd.  The new owners intend to continue to operate Daydream Island Resort and Spa and invest money into the gradual refurbishment of the popular resort. “I’m delighted that we’ve found an investor that can continue to operate Daydream with the current management team and take it securely forward,” Mr Bullivant said. “Daydream Island has been a huge part of my life and I’ve put so much passion into making it a great tropical island experience but have known for some time it’s best for another owner to continue my vision. “This is a great day for Daydream and whilst I’m sad to be parting ways the island has a very bright future. “The new owners also have an opportunity to develop further the southern end of the island and offer new accommodation experiences.” China Capital Investment Group, based in Shanghai, has several tourism assets in its portfolio with Daydream Island representing its first investment in Australia. Chairman of CCIG Chuanyou Zhou said, “We look forward to improving the property and providing both domestic and international guests with a continued high level of quality service and enhancing their holiday experience.” Vitamin and health magnate Mr Bullivant bought Daydream Island in 2000 and immediately reinvigorated the resort with an extensive overhaul to bring it up to international standards and become one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Australia. Daydream Island Resort and Spa chief executive officer Scott Wilkinson said, “It’s business as usual at Daydream and we’re pleased to welcome a new owner who will continue to develop the tourism experience for our guests in our key markets. “We’ve just experienced a busy holiday period and look forward to building on the positive guest feedback we continue to receive. “Our leisure, weddings and conferencing sectors all have strong forward bookings for 2015. It’s going to be an exciting year ahead.” Four and a half star Daydream Island Resort and Spa has 296 rooms and suites, each offering views of tropical waters or rainforest. The island features white coral beaches and lush rainforest and has been the recipient of numerous tourism and hospitality awards including the 2014 Whitsunday Tourism award for Best Deluxe Accommodation, subsequent induction into the Hall of Fame, and a prestigious silver award for deluxe accommodation at the 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards. Daydream Island is home to The Living Reef which is the largest open air aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere and is located within the resort and comprises two lagoons with over 80 varieties of coral and more than 140 species of fish including sharks, stingrays, giant barramundi and many tropical marine fish including the much loved clownfish. Guests can also indulge and be pampered at the world-class Rejuvenation Spa. The refined elegance of this spectacular facility is reflected in its 16 private rooms offering the latest in naturopathy, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy or reflexology to stimulate the senses and bring harmony to mind, body and ENDS media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs Tel +61 (0)419 828440 brenton@rgcommunications.com.au
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TW-kissJettyDaydreaming of a tropical-style beach or island wedding? Find out how to make your dream a reality at the Daydream Island Resort and SpaWeddings Open Day on Saturday, February 21, 2015. From wedding ceremony and reception venues to flowers, catering and entertainment, attendees will be provided with all the information they need to plan their own beautiful Daydream Island wedding. The open day will commence with a guided tour of Daydream Island Resort and Spa’s beautiful reception and ceremony venues. These include the Endeavour Wedding Chapel with panoramic views of the Whitsunday passage, and romantic Lovers Cove, a private sheltered inlet featuring a deck and a white coral beach. They will also tour other facilities like the island’s award winning Rejuvenation Spa – the perfect place for the bridal party to get ready before the wedding, and the beautiful Ocean Paradise and Daydreamer accommodation suites. The day will include plenty of one-on-one time with the Weddings Team and some of the best industry professionals in the Whitsundays. For a complete experience, couples are invited to arrive at Daydream on Friday, February 20 where they are invited to a welcome function at sunset. They’ll also sample canapés and cocktails at stunning Lovers Cove. A special accommodation package is available for those wishing to attend the open day. Attendees will receive amazing savings on their wedding booking. “Daydream Island is one of the most amazing destination wedding locations in Australia, with abundant natural beauty, high-quality venues and accommodation and an experienced weddings team to ensure your day is a success,” said Alicia Evans, Daydream Island Wedding Sales Executive. “It’s perfect for brides and grooms who are looking for a unique and very special wedding location.” RSVPs are essential. Contact Daydream’s Wedding Sales Executive by emailing weddings@daydreamisland.com or calling (07) 3259 2310 to secure your place. ENDS
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Male clownfish caring for the eggs (re-size)Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the tropical Whitsundays is getting ready to welcome its first set of baby ‘Nemos’ to the world. Daydream’s marine biologists have discovered that one of the resort’s six clownfish pairs have laid its first batch of eggs in the Nemoville Lagoon in the iconic Living Reef attraction. The clownfish pair will guard the eggs until they hatch within the next 10 days. The clownfish, known for its striped orange and white appearance, is often referred to as ‘Nemo’ after the main character of the popular Disney animated film, Finding Nemo. “With the sea temperatures slowly increasing, many species of fish have begun spawning and sights like this will become more common,” said Living Reef Manager John Gaskell. “It is great to see that the animals in the Living Reef on Daydream Island are healthy and happy enough in their environment to reproduce.” Clownfish are monogamous, choosing one partner for life. When the conditions are right and as the water temperature warms up, the male will prepare an area suitable for the female to lay her eggs. The nest area is usually on a hard surface next to an anemone so the anemone tentacles protect the eggs. Once the female lays her eggs it is the male that does most of the work, making sure the eggs are well ventilated and protected from predators. Clownfish eggs hatch in less than 10 days depending on the temperature of the water. “Once the young clownfish hatch they will generally be carried away by currents and hopefully drift towards an anemone where they might establish their new home,” John Gaskell said. “We will endeavor to catch some and put them in a holding tank to ensure survival, though this might be difficult as they hatch at night. “Either way we can expect an increase in our Clownfish population which is always one of our most popular attractions.” Daydream Island Resort and Spa’s Living Reef is one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons. It is home to more than 140 species of colourful marine fish, 82 species of coral and 15 species of invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs. Comprising a north and south lagoon and holding more than 1.5 million litres of water, the Living Reef lets visitors learn about and get up close to the fascinating inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef. For more information visit www.daydreamisland.com ENDS

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Winner_logo_2014_thumbDaydream Island Resort and Spa was one of the big winners at the Whitsunday Tourism & Business Awards 2014 after winning three awards at the gala event which was held on Saturday evening in Proserpine The resort took out the Best Tourist Attraction for the Living Reef – one of the world’s largest man-made living lagoons, best Deluxe Accommodation and the People’s Choice categories. It is the third year in a row Daydream Island has taken out the Deluxe Accommodation category and as a result was also enshrined into the Hall of Fame. “The Daydream experience is always evolving and we are very excited to be recognised in three categories of the Whitsundays Tourism Awards,” Daydream Island Resort and Spa CEO Scott Wilkinson said. “These awards reflect the hard work resort manager Warren McCorriston and the entire team put in to ensure we offer the very best experiences, from our Living Reef lagoon to our pampering Rejuvenation Spa, extensive list of activities and more. “We are particularly thrilled to again win the Deluxe Accommodation category and to be included into the Hall of Fame. “Winning the People’s Choice category is especially pleasing as it’s voted on by members of the public. “I’d also like to acknowledge our owner Mr Vaughan Bullivant for his vision for the resort and congratulate Living Reef manager John Gaskell and his team for the advances made this year.” Located in Queensland’s tropical Whitsundays in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the award-winning resort features 296 rooms and suites, a great selection of restaurants and bars, lagoon swimming pools and a fringing coral reef to explore. Daydream’s award-winning 2,650sqm Living Reef is one of the world’s largest man-made living lagoons – home to more than 115 species of fish and 80 coral species native to the Great Barrier Reef. Its star attractions include brother and sister leopard rays Hansel and Gretel, brown stingrays Pikelet and Pancake, female black tip reef sharks Cookie and Nibble, white spot mangrove rays Bill and Barb and black shovelnose ray, Jack. Guided by Living Reef biologists, visitors can take part in fish and shark feeding shows or programs like the Stingray Splash, where guests walk knee-deep into the Living Reef and hand-feed and pat de-barbed stingrays. Daydream also offers the Rejuvenation Spa with 16 treatment rooms, which offers health and beauty treatments designed to pamper and reinvigorate the mind, body and soul; along with over 20 free guest activities such as kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, mini-golf and an open air cinema. The Whitsunday Tourism & Business Awards aim to recognise growth in tourism products and services as well as sustainable economic and social benefits that flow from a booming tourism industry. Daydream Island Resort and Spa was recently awarded fourth place in the ‘Australia, Over 4 Stars’ category of the Holidays with Kids Readers Choice Top 10 Awards 2014. Daydream’s Rejuvenation Spa was also named a finalist in the Hotel/Resort Spa of the Year category in the annual Pevonia Awards. For bookings and enquiries call reservations on 1800 075 040, visit www.daydreamisland.com or contact your local travel agent. ENDS Media enquiries to Brenton Gibbs, Tel + 61 (0)419 828 440
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AFTER you walk down the aisle, your wedding reception is the first opportunity to relax after months of planning. Whether your dream reception is an intimate dinner with your nearest and dearest, or a large poolside party where you can dance all night, it’s important that you choose a venue that feels ‘right’ to you. Once you pick the right spot, everything else will fall into place. Some important things to consider on your hunt for the perfect reception venue: How many people do I need to cater for? Do you want your reception to be more formal or relaxed? Do you want a formal or casual feel? Do you want a view? Do you need space for dancing? Do you want a private venue? Daydream Island Resort and Spa – one of the premier destination wedding venues in the country – has an option to suit all tastes. Located in the Whitsundays near the Great Barrier Reef, it’s a beautiful resort featuring white coral beaches and lush rainforests. Here are some of the reception venues on the island: Lovers Cove (up to 80 guests) Lovers Cove, one of our most exclusive locations on the island, is a private sheltered inlet with a white coral beach, large deck and the Whitsunday Passage as a backdrop. This little piece of paradise is romantically lined with flares and fairy lights in the trees. Sunlovers Terrace (up to 140 guests) Sunlovers Terrace offers the perfect indoor/outdoor venue experience. The Terrace is on the third level of the resort, with expansive views of the Whitsunday Passage and Daydream’s tropical rainforest. With its own bar facility and dance-floor, Sunlovers Terrace is the perfect venue for your Daydream wedding reception. Mermaids Beach (up to 250  This coral beach is decorated with flame torches and is perfect for larger weddings. You can choose to host your reception right on the coral beach, poolside or on a grassed area along the coral beach. Whichever you prefer, Mermaids Beach is great venue to relax and unwind at the end of your wedding day. Daydream Island Room (up to 150 guests) Daydream’s premier indoor location, the Daydream Island Room has floor to ceiling windows overlooking a private terrace and the beautiful Sunlovers Lookout. It is the perfect venue to host a formal dinner, cocktail party or a more casual wedding reception. The tiled terrace area is great for pre-dinner canapés and beverages. Sunlovers Lookout (up to 20 guests) This is one of Daydream’s most beautiful outdoor locations with picturesque views of the Whitsunday Passage. It’s the ideal venue for smaller weddings or elopements. The Great Barrier Reef Room (up to 160 guests). For a stunning view over the scenic Molle Channel and the Molle group of islands, the Great Barrier Reef Room is where you can celebrate in the privacy of this quiet part of the resort, and where your intimate reception will be forever remembered for its welcoming atmosphere and exceptional setting. South End Cinema (up to 150 guests) With views over the ocean to the mainland, this stunning outside location is perfect for your dream wedding. Make your day even more memorable by showing your own movie of how you both met! Spa Balcony (up to 15 guests) Celebrate your wedding at this intimate venue with spectacular views over the Whitsunday passage. This venue will make your wedding day truly memorable. There’s a range of wedding reception venues on Daydream Island to suit every occasion. So why not cross off another thing on your to do list and take a look. For more information please contact Daydream Island’s Wedding Executive on +61 7 3259 2310 or email weddings@daydreamisland.com 
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