Daydream Island Resort & Living Reef, Whitsundays, Australia

$100 million refurbishment relaunches a stunning resort severely damaged by a tropical cyclone.

Project Overview

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.

Daydream Island Resort Living Reef Whitsundays Australia04 Daydream Island Aquarium Tank Acrylic Installation 2An 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.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa, Whitsundays QLD, Australia

Daydream Resorts

Time Frame

Team On-Site
4 Staff during construction

System Type
Closed re-circulation system

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An exceptional portfolio of in-house capabilities.

  • A seamless start-to-finish service.
  • More than project coordinators - we are the lead supplier of equipment and services too.
  • We offer productive collaboration between multi-disciplinary teams and resources.
  • Our logistical and project management track record provides total peace-of-mind.
  • A high-level of internal delivery means excellent control over quality assurance.
  • System-thinking from design to execution, for a cost-efficient and durable aquarium that is easy to operate and spectacular to see.

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Phase 1


The first phase addresses feasibility, budgeting, concept development, creative themes, visitor-experience design and journey-mapping, detailed engineering and project planning.

Phase 2


The second phase focuses on acrylic manufacturing, construction and installation, the supply and installation of life support systems, waterproofing, lighting, filling and stocking the tanks.

Phase 3


The third phase includes handing the aquarium over to its owners and operators. Also included this phase, for older aquariums, are services relating to refurbishment and renovation.

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