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South Stradbroke Island Resort Update

South Stradbroke Island Resort (SSIR) was been purchased by Gold Coast City Council in late 2008 and ceased operation as a resort with accommodation at the end of February 2009.

The Gold Coast City Council redevelopment plans have been slow to get moving, but the overall plan is to create a day trip destination and camping grounds around the new Tipplers Hub. There are no plans for resort style accommodation at this point.

If you want to stay on South Stradbroke Island check out Couran Cove Accommodation or Couran Point Beach Resort. If you would rather just go for a visit check out the day trip information.

In the meantime, here is my original information about SSIR....

South Stradbroke Island Resort formerly known as Tipplers Island Resort
Tipplers Welcome Sign
SSIR was formerly known as Tipplers Resort.  It is a popular location for visitors, day trippers and weddings.

Local boaties or holidaymakers on the houseboats use the sheltered broadwater bay area to anchor up and then use their tenders to come in to the bar, shop and cafe/restaurant.

The resort is nestled amongst the native bush on the broadwater side, which provides a sheltered beach good for water sports and swimming.

It was obviously a top resort in its day. It has however become a little shabby and personally I would rate it aesthetically as a 3 star.

Accommodation is in timber islander style cabins or bure, with their own bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities.  There is a strict rule about bringing your own food or alcohol into the resort - so you are captive to the resort for eating and drinking.

Nonetheless it is a great location and will suit the budget minded island resort seekers. Before it closed we went on a day trip to South Stradbroke Island Resort

South Straddie Resort Activities

South Stradbroke Island Resort bar and restaurant area.
South Stradbroke Island Resort
bar and restaurant area.

The resort facilties include:

  • Swimming pools
  • Sauna Room
  • Cocktail Bar
  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Gaming Lounge
  • Function Room - suitable for Stradbroke Island Weddings.
Gaming area of South Stradbroke Island Resort adjacent to the bar, restaurant and pool.
Gaming area South Stradbroke Island Resort
adjacent to bar, restaurant and pool

Activities include:

  • Water sports:
  • Inclusive - paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, catamarans
  • Extras - jet ski hire, doofa rides, speed boat rides, paraflying

Other activities include: (fees or deposits may apply)

  • tennis
  • beach volleyball
    Water sports at South Stradbroke Island Resort include paddle boats, kayaks, canoes and catamarans as well as motorised water sports at an additional charge.
    Water sports at South Stradbroke Island Resort
    include paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, catamarans
    and motorised water sports at an extra cost.
  • table tennis
  • bush golf
  • fishing
  • tractor rides to surf beach 
  • organised activities
  • Services such as massages available at an extra charge.

How To Get To South Straddie Resort

The main way holiday makers get to the resort is via the resort's catamaran service - Straddie Island Resort Ferry Service.

This departs from Runaway Bay Marina, Bayview Street, Runaway Bay.  The service only takes about 20 minutes on the water.  

Alternatively you can get to the resort:
By Water

    Broadwater view from South Stradbroke Island Resort showing the beach, boats anchored and the beautiful native bush.
    Broadwater view from South Stradbroke
    Island Resort
  • Boat hire or charter
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi

By Air

  • Helicopter
  • Sea plane

Gold Coast departure options include:

Other Accommodation Options for South Stradbroke

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit South Stradbroke Island depends upon what you want to do, when you can come, your budget and what kind of weather you'd prefer! Check out my guide to the best time to visit the Gold Coast.


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