South Stradbroke Island Australia views
Day trip or stay on South Stradbroke Island and you won't be disappointed. A great little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast.
South Straddie separates the ocean from the northern parts of the Gold Coast stretching in the south from the Gold Coast Seaway (Southport Bar) to Jumpin Pin Bar.
On the mainland the island stretches approximately from Biggera Waters to just north of Jacob's Well.
This gives two sides to this beautiful, quiet sand island - the calmer inner waterways and the deserted ocean beaches separated by virtually untouched bush where you will find interesting Australian wildlife and bush plants.
Another great alternative is to stay on a houseboat anchored in the shelter of the island.
From the surf beach during whale watching season you can catch glimpses of the majestic humpback whales migrating north to breed and have their calves.
This part of the east coast of Australia is the only place in the world where you can see whales going in both directions at the same time when the early migrators return with their calves.
Whale migration starts in June and runs through to late October early November.
Attractions, Things To See and Do
Here are a selection of attractions, things to see and do on South Stradbroke Island Australia.
Accommodation on South Stradbroke Island Australia
There have been a few changes to accommodation on South
Straddie Island over the last few years. Firstly South Stradbroke Island Resort has closed down, and Couran Cove Resort and Couran Point Beach Resort are only operating for private rentals. You absolutely MUST book accommodation on the island before you arrive.
South Stradbroke Island Resorts
Couran Cove Island Resort
Couran Cove Island Resort is a high quality resort with extensive facilities and programs on offer. It is nestled in the bushland but partly based around the Couran Cove Marina. Very picturesque and built to fit in with the surrounding bushland. Modern and fresh with great facilities. You could easily spend your entire trip to the Gold Coast here. I highly recommend this resort and you can get some great specials.
Couran Point Beach Resort
Couran Point Beach Resort is right next door to Couran Cove and is much smaller with fewer facilities. The accommodation rates are therefore a little less expensive, but you really won't be getting the full resort of the neighbouring Couran Cove. You are captive to the restaurants and cafe here for all your meals once you are at this resort, with no self catering facilities in any of the rooms and strict no food or alcohol to be brought to the resort on their fast cat service. It is still a very nice resort and worth a look at.
South Stradbroke Island Resort
This formerly knowns as Tipplers Resort is a little further north than the two Courans, and has direct broadwater beachfront. It was sold to the Gold Coast City Council and from March 2009 there is no longer any accommodation at this resort.
This resort was popular with day trippers and I understand day tripping will still be possible.
Other Accomodation Options on South Stradbroke Island Australia
Camping - there are four camping grounds on South Stradbroke Island. Two at the northern end - Bedrooms and Tipplers. Two at the southern end - North Currigee and Currigee. All have amenities blocks and some have other limited factilities. All are surrounded by native bushland. North Currigee is located around an inlet which makes it great for mooring and camping.
recommended that campers bring all their supplies as the island is not
commerically developed. This a camping trip to get away from
it all, but you must be prepared.
Golf Information for South Stradbroke Island Australia
There are no golf courses on South Stradbroke Island! Only Bush golf! If you want a golfing holiday, this is not the place to stay. If you want to play golf whilst you stay at one of the resorts, Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island golf courses would be the closest by water taxi or ferry.Hope Island
Beach Information for South Stradbroke Island Australia
There are no official beach patrols, but there is a flagged area close to Couran Cove Island Resort on the ocean side.
South Stradbroke Island Resort Ferry
departs from Runaway Bay Marina.
As with any unpatrolled areas, swimmer beware. Also be particularly careful at Jumpinpin Bar as the tides can make this particularly hazadous for swimmers, canoists, kayakers, small boats etc.
As well as the ocean beach there are some smaller beach areas on the broadwater side of the island, and a large expanse of beach at Jumpinpin at the northern tip of the island.
The broadwater side of the island is more bushland some some areas do not have a real beach area.
South Stradbroke Island Resort has a reasonable beach particularly at low tide.
How To Get To South Stradbroke Island Australia
There are several ways to get to South Stradbroke Island:
Gold Coast departure options include:
Looking for other Queensland Island Holiday destinations?
Other south east Queensland options include
North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island including the fabulous
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