Dunk Island FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ about the Island
Q: Where is Dunk Island?
A: Dunk Island is a Queensland island located off the north eastern coast of Australia, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. See our map of Dunk Island.
Q: How do you get to Dunk Island?
A: Access to Dunk Island is via Cairns - we can arrange flights between Cairns and Dunk Island. Another option for arrival is coach/car hire and then water transfer from mission beach. More information on how to get to Dunk Island.
Q: What airport is Dunk Island close to?
A: Dunk Island has its own airport. Regular flights depart from major Australian capital cities for Dunk Island (via Cairns airport) with Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Blue. Hinterland Aviation operates the 45 minute connecting flight between Cairns and Dunk Island twice daily. Private charter flights to Dunk Island are also available upon request. More information on how to get to Dunk Island.
Q: What are the sunset and sunrise times on Dunk Island?
A: You can visit the Geosciences Australia website to find information about Dunk Island sunsets and sunrises.
Q: Where can I find information about Dunk Island tide times?
A: You can visit the Willy Weather website to find the tide times for Dunk Island.
Q: How far is the Great Barrier Reef from Dunk Island?
A: The World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef is only a 1 hour and 15 minute cruise away.
Q: Why is the area called the ‘Family Islands’?
A: The name ‘Family Islands’ comes from Captain Cook himself. On June 8, 1770, Captain James Cook sailed the Endeavour past the Family Islands; he named Dunk Island after Lord Montague Dunk - the Earl of Sandwich and the First Lord of the British Admiralty. Cook called Dunk the ‘Father Isle’, nearby Bedarra Island the ‘Mother Isle’ and the remaining 14 islands ‘The Children’ – hence the ‘Family Islands’.
Q: How big is Dunk Island?
A: Dunk Island is six kilometres long and two kilometres wide, and lies four kilometres east of mainland Queensland, off Mission Beach. See our map of Dunk Island.
Q: I want to go out to the reef, can that be arranged?
A: Reef trips and other activities can be arranged directly on the resort. Additional charges may apply. Get to the Reef on our Great Barrier Reef Cruise.
Q: What reefs are close to Dunk Island?
Q: Are there jelly fish?
A: The jelly fish season is over the summer months; jelly fish suits are available to use from Watersports. To date we have not had any incidents.
Q: What will the weather be like when I am there?
A: The weather varies according to the time of year, although there is no guarantee. On average, temperatures range from 24-30 degrees. See our weather & climate page for more information.
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FAQ about the Resort
Q: Do you cater for specific dietary requirements, e.g. Vegetarian?
A: Certainly. If you do have specific requirements, please advise us well in advance so our chefs are aware and can cater for you accordingly.
Q: Does the resort have Wi-Fi?
A: The resort does have Wi-Fi access in certain areas. We also have 3G iPads available for guest use (minimal charges apply).
Q: What should I pack?
A: Have a look at our guidelines for packing.
Q: Are there activities for my children?
A: There are so many fun activities on Dunk Island for all age groups. Further information can be found under holiday activities.
Q: Is there a Kids Club?
A: Yes, it's fantastic for the kids! Visit our kids club page.
Q: What ages do the Kids Club take?
A: The kids club takes children aged 3 - 12 years.
Q: What is the pricing for Kids Club?
A: $45.00 per child for one session, $35.00 per child for two sessions.
Q: My child is under 3 years - is there any babysitting available?
A: Yes, there is a babysitting service, subject to availability. Pricing is $25.00 per hour.
Q: What does your accommodation rate include?
A: Our accommodation rate includes full buffet breakfast; from 1st April our rates will be inclusive of all meals.
Q: Where can I find Dunk Island’s special offers and hot deals?
A: Check out our accommodation deals and special offers page.
Q: How do I contact Dunk Island Resort?
A: You can contact us via phone, email or you can use our enquiry form. Visit our Contact Us page for more details.
Q: Can I get married on Dunk Island?
A: You certainly can! Dunk Island is the perfect place for a tropical island beach wedding and we can cater for 2 - 320 wedding guests. Visit our Dunk Island weddings page for more information.
Q: What to do on Dunk Island?
A: There is absolutely no shortage of things to do on Dunk Island. On Dunk you can shape your stay into whatever you want it to be - let Dunk Island be your romantic getaway destination, adventure- fuelled holiday destination or kids and family holiday destination. Visit our holiday activities page for a more detailed overview of the many things to do on Dunk Island.
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FAQ about Hideaway Resort
Q: Who owns Dunk Island Resort?
A: Dunk Island Resort is operated by Hideaway Resorts, an Australian based company. Hideaway Resorts operates two of Australia's most spectacular Island Resort properties; Dunk and Bedarra. For more information please visit Hideaway Resorts website.
Q: Who are Hideaway Resorts?
A: Hideaway Resorts is an Australian based company that owns and operates two of Australia’s most spectacular Island properties.
Q: What properties do you operate?
A: Hideaway Resorts operates both Dunk and Bedarra Islands which are situated off Mission Beach - 140 kilometres south of Cairns. Visit the Bedarra Island resort website.
Q: Where can I apply for Dunk Island Resort jobs?
A: Dunk Island Resort job vacancies are advertised on our website or on job websites such as seek.com.au and mycareer.com.au. Visit our Careers page for current positions. Information about working on Dunk Island can be found in our Dunk Career FAQ or in the Working and Living on Dunk Island Fact Sheet.
Q: What makes Hideaway Resorts different?
A: We want to be a hotel and resort operator that never loses sight of why we actually got in the tourism business. And that reason is to provide you with a memorable holiday experience that leaves you relaxed, refreshed and with a life time of memories. Whether it be a family holiday with the kids, a romantic honeymoon for two, or just spending time with someone special that is our business. We understand that time is too precious to waste, so we extend to you the promise that we will undertake every effort to make your stay with us truly special. It is our desire that you will never feel like a number, we want every guest to finish their holiday experience an ambassador of our resorts and return each and every holiday.
Q: Can you give examples of your environmental initiatives?
A: We are striving to be a recognised leader in sustainable environmental tourism practice. We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through a series of initiatives across our resorts we are focusing on energy management – reducing electricity consumption and LPG usage – and waste management techniques to reduce disposal to landfill. We also focus on efficiently managing our water resources and protecting biodiversity – native flora and fauna. Visit our environmental program page.
Q: How do you interact with the local communities in which you operate?
A: At Hideaway Resorts, we take seriously our commitment to support the local communities in which we operate. Our focus is on local needs and issues where we feel we can genuinely make a difference. Our commitment extends to:
One of our recent initiatives has been to sponsor the Mission Beach Film Festival to ensure that these community based programs have the financial backing to get off the ground.
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