When Cyclone Debbie hit North East Queensland in 2017, Daydream Island Resort copped a bashing.
The journey to recovery involved many renovations, not least the transformation of the resort’s living reef.
An upgraded swim-reef – located in the heart of the resort – can now be viewed from a centrepiece underwater observation room. An 8-meter x 3-meter x 150-millimetre-thick acrylic window weighing eight tonnes provides beautiful views of the magical underwater world.
The observatory doubles up as an ultra-exclusive hotel suite for those wanting to sleep or shower with fish.
As part of the project, AAT also supplied a series of small Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) aquarium tanks positioned around a central touch tank and an even grander aquarium in the arrivals transit lounge.
An AAT skid-mounted Life Support System – designed in consultation with the managing aquarists – supports the smaller display tanks.
Activities in the lagoon – which is visible from the main dining area through a series of acrylic panels – include snorkelling and ray feeding.