A Luxurious Island-Hopping Festival Is Coming to the Whitsundays


Music festivals make up a huge part of our live music culture in Australia and although they’ve been missed, they can also be an exhausting endeavour. 

Most Australian music festivals such as Falls, Beyond the Valley, Meredith and Rainbow Serpent require a few days of consecutive camping, which can take a lot of planning and isn’t always the most relaxing environment after a day of boogieing and booze. 

Rather than returning home from a music festival at a new level of exhaustion, what about coming home refreshed and fulfilled? Sometimes, all you need is to listen to tunes with your friends and party up a storm on a secluded island without a care in the world.

Enter Dream Machine, a three-day music festival that will see attendees island-hopping through the Whitsundays to enjoy their favourite Australian electronic bands. 

The new venture from the team behind Wine Machine and Snow Machine, have created this luxe festival set-up, hopping between Daydream Island, Paradise Cove and a surprise location to enjoy a dream party lineup including Flight Facilities, Hayden James, Yolanda Be Cool, Owl Eyes and Cosmo’s Midnight.

If the simple luxury of bopping to some of the grooviest party tunes to the backdrop of multiple tropical islands doesn’t do it for you, festival-goers can pack their itinerary with adventure activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, jet-skiing and waterside cocktail drinking. It’s basically Australia’s version of Fyre Festival, minus the scam!

Your choice of accommodation is either on a yacht or at Daydream Island Resort – both sound pretty lush to us – with the resort sporting four restaurants, three bars, a pool and a spa to add to your itinerary. 

Dream Machine is set to run from Wednesday, October 6 to Sunday, October 10, with the live music events running for three days during that period. Tickets are on sale from Wednesday, April 7, and extravagant price tags are to be expected.

Prices vary from $1,899 – $2,099 depending on where you stay and which package you choose, however these do include accommodations, breakfast every morning, ferry transport to and from the airport and a full pass to the festival. 

Go on, you deserve it.

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