After four years in the role, Sursok made the decision to leave Home and Away in 2004 to pursue a music career and other acting opportunities and as a result Dani departed the series on 12 November 2004.
Dani was initially against moving to the Bay as she thought the town was "tame".
The character was described as being strong, independent and a bit of a rebel by a writer for the show's official website. Dani developed relationships with three of the serial's male characters; Will Smith (Zac Drayson), Josh West (Daniel Collopy) and Scott Hunter (Kip Gamblin).
Sursok added "People can't help but wonder is she did it on purpose - and that includes her father and Scott. She would never try to kill anyone - but how can she convince them?
" On Dani's experience inside, Linda Barnier and Andrew Waugh from The Newcastle Herald stated "Dani adopts a tough persona to survive her first day in the Big House.
Sursok won the Most Popular New Female Talent Logie Award in 2001 for her portrayal of Dani.
When asked if she was happy with how she was written out of Home and Away, Sursok stated that she wanted "something completely dramatic", but she was glad that nothing bad happened to her character, so she could always return to the show.
Sursok stated "It ends in this huge argument, and Dani and Kirsty are at loggerheads. After that, Scott tries to comfort Dani and suggests that she might need professional help to get through this.
And that's what tips Dani over the edge - she feels like Scott is suggesting she has a problem when, in fact, it's all Kane's fault." Sursok told Herbison that Dani is not thinking straight and wants to run away from her problems.
Dani later hit Kane with her car and was sent to prison after being found guilty of attempted murder.
In her later storylines, Dani was harassed by two stalkers.
Sursok told Inside Soap's Jason Herbison "After Dani kisses Kane, she knows it's wrong and decides not to take it any further.