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Daydream Island Resort – hotel review

Daydream Island exceeded our expectations. We have visited the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland previously but we’ve never ventured to Daydream Island. We were concerned that Daydream Island may not be able to keep our on-the-go guy busy enough, so we’ve opted for other resorts. As it turns out, Daydream Island punched above its weight when it came to keeping Braeden entertained and the best bit was the activities were so different to anything Braeden has done before. Of course, so much of a trip’s success comes down to the availability of comfortable and accessible accommodation, and again Daydream Island delivered.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Daydream Island Resort – hotel review

We arrived on a rainy afternoon, but our mood immediately lifted when we entered our bright and spacious Deluxe Ocean Terrace King accessible room. Staying on the island for three nights we were happy to have such generous digs to unpack and make ourselves feel at home. As a family of four we were booked into two rooms side-by-side (not interconnecting). The ocean view accessible king suite immediately wowed us with thoughtful accessible features, non-carpeted flooring and floor to ceiling views.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The freshness of the rooms and the open spaces is exactly what we look for in accommodation. Space is king for our family. Between being over packers and needing room for Braeden to explore in his wheelchair, it’s one of the key features we desire.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We also love having a lounge area so we are not all sitting on beds in the room when we are together. Ample cupboard space also allows us to put our luggage out of the way and store our many bits and pieces neatly.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

All features in the room including light switches and the air conditioning controls are lowered.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Even with a rollaway bed in the bedroom there was plenty of circulation space and room on either side of the beds for transferring from a wheelchair.

Bedroom facts – bed height 60cm and under bed clearance 12cm. There is loads of clearance space on both sides of the bed for transferring, even with a rollaway in the room.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

An exceptionally large bathroom adjoins the bedroom and features a shower bench, height adjustable shower head, toilet with a backrest and sink with access space for a wheelchair user.

It would be good to have the addition of a mirror over the sink as the mirror in the room is out of view for a wheelchair user as it’s quite high. There’s also only a small amount of space beside the sink for a toiletries bag. A little caddy beside the sink would solve this problem and still leave plenty of circulation space.

Bathroom facts – Bathroom door clearance 90cm, height of toilet to pan 44cm, height of toilet to seat 47cm, shower bench seat height 48cm and under sink clearance 73cm




Take a tour of accessible suite 2228 at Daydream Island with me below.

It’s rare to find an accessible room with a view but not on Daydream Island where we had unobstructed ocean views. Not only that, the wildlife was incredibly considerate in dropping by to make the view even more special.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We had cockatoos landing on our verandah and cheekily posing for Instagram-worthy photos, the local kangaroos grazed on the grass just below our room in the early morning and evening and we even spotted a turtle happily swimming around in the clear blue water out front. These wildlife sightings always made our day.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The verandah has a step-free entry and there’s plenty of circulation space for a wheelchair user.




Deluxe Ocean Terrace King (non accessible)

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The second room we stayed in was a Deluxe Ocean Terrace King non-accessible room (2230) which was again spacious and comfortable for our stay. The features are similar to the accessible accommodation but everything is located in the one room, rather than having a separate living room area.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The bathroom is more compact but also offers a step-free shower.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel




Daydream Island Resort accessibility

General accessibility around Daydream Island Resort is excellent. Level pathways connect the majority of the island. Lover’s Cove and the rainforest walk are the only places we encountered stairs.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Lift access links the various accommodation levels throughout the resort and ramp access is provided in the other areas of the resort.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

A lift takes guests down to the Observatory, a fabulous underwater aquarium where the sea life provides the entertainment.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The Observatory is also home to the best underwater accessible bathroom I’ve ever seen. It begs to be used so I vowed before we left Daydream Island to have a shower in the bathroom.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Although we were advised that snorkellers and staff leave the Living Reef by 4pm I was not keen on perhaps being caught out by someone working overtime, so I popped on my swimmers for my shower with the aquarium residents as my audience. The grouper is not at all shy about watching those showering and is permanently open mouthed. Perhaps that is just how he looks, or perhaps he’s seen some things that have left him open mouthed!

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We love a buffet breakfast and the options are extensive at Daydream Island Resort’s Graze Restaurant. Made-to order omelettes, pancakes and a variety of cereals and pastries fuelled our family well for our day’s activities. While the buffet kept our tummies happy, the sea life in the Living Reef kept us entertained.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Stay tuned for another blog filled with the activities we did while staying at Daydream Island Resort & Living Reef.

Daydream Island Resort - hotel review - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

If you’re keen to learn more about the accommodation options at Daydream Island Resort you can check the website.

We were hosted for our stay at Daydream Island Resort & Living Reef but we were truly thrilled to find such accessible accommodation which provided such a comfortable stay.




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