About South Stradbroke Island Australia
South Straddie separates
the ocean from the Broadwater in the northern parts of the Gold Coast. It stretches
from the northern side of Gold Coast Seaway (Southport Bar) to Jumpin Pin
Bar. In fact on the ocean side it is 21kms of beautiful untouched beach
It stretches north from Biggera Waters, past Runaway Bay, Hollywell, Paradise
Point, Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove and Coomera to just north
of Jacob's Well.
This map of South Stradbroke Island and some of the great facilities in the area gives a better overview than I can describe...
The quiet, mostly untouched, sand island has two different sides. The calmer inner waterways and the
deserted ocean beaches separated by virtually untouched bush where you
will find interesting Australian wildlife and bush plants.
The island has very little development on it. There is only one commercial place to stay Couran Cove
Island Resort, which has had some ups and downs over the years, but is currently
undergoing a major rejuvenation with new owners.
are camping grounds run by the Gold Coast council for those who want to do this,
but the facilies are very limited and you have to bring everything you need over
to the island.
great alternative is to
stay on a houseboat anchored in the shelter of the island. The island is very
popular with local boaties on the weekends and holidays, especially near
There is a private day resort called McLaren's Landing which
mainly does weddings, conferences and business functions. But
from time to time, they run day trips there. It is right
next door to Tipplers.
South Stradbroke Island Resort closed a few years ago and
was redeveloped by the Gold Coast City Council into a camping
ground with Tippler's Cafe being revamped and made into a bar
and restaurant to service the boaties and campers.
It is now
open most days for Brunch and Lunch from about 9am to 3pm with
longer hours on weekends and during holiday periods.
the surf beach during
whale watching season you
may catch glimpses of the majestic humpback
whales migrating north to breed and have their calves.
Whale migration starts in early 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.
I like to split the between natural attractions (nature and eco activities)
and man-made attractions and activities. You can check out which you prefer
Natural Attractions & Activities
Jumpinpin also incorrectly known as Jumpin Pin
and Jumping Pin it is simply called The Pin by local boaties.
This area is great
for fishing or to anchor
up and enjoy the beautiful beach and sand. However, the Jumpinpin Bar
can be quiet treacherous so beware if you don't know the area or are
inexperienced on the water.
There are tours that can take you to this beach, either by water, air
or by 4WD from where you are staying on the island.
It is a stunning location and very popular on the weekend with the local
Ocean Surf Beaches
If you are after idyllic Surf Beaches you can't go wrong with 21kms of surf beach on the ocean side of South Stradbroke Island.
They aren't patrolled and are full of rips, so I don't actually
recommend swimming on this side. The swell can be quite large and as I said
there are plenty of rips. But it is an awesome beach to walk along.
From Couran Cove Island Resort, it is about 2.5 kms through to the ocean
beach. There is a resort
"train" than runs in the holidays that goes over a few times a day to the
Surf Club, or you can ride a bike over or walk.
If you take a 4WD tour on the island you are bound to end up on this
You can walk along the entire 21kms of surf
beach, but that might be a bit epic with a 42km round trip! There are spectacular views to the north and south, back to the Gold Coast seaway.
The surf beach is particularly stunning at day break. You can easily make your way over in the pre-dawn light - you'll have about 30 minutes of good light before the sun actually comes up - be sure to check the sunrise times - and set off around 30 minutes beforehand.
If you decide to go on a long beach walk, be sure to check your bearings
to get back to where you started, let people know where you plan to go,
check in when you get back, take water and food just in case. And watch out
for those crazy 4WDs and Tractor Tours!
Water Sunrises & Water Sunsets
It's not that common to get to see both Water
Sunrises and Sunsets when you are staying in Australia! But an island such as South Straddie provides the perfect spot.
There is something magical about seeing the sun rise, especially over
water and it's also quite soothing to watch the sun go down.
are many great spots to watch
the sun rise over the water in the east and set over the water in the west.
Obviously you will need to be staying on the island to see these two
South Stradbroke Island has some fantastic wildlife. Both in the water and out of it.
There is nothing quite like something you can only find in that
This rare wallaby is only found in
this area, spotting one can be a real treat. Staying at Couran Cove, you are
bound to spot a few if you stay over.
Another fantastic opportunity is during whale watching season (early
June to late October). Just off the ocean beach is a favourite haunt of
the migrating whales, called by locals "Whale Alley".
During the season you will often see the whale watching tour boats in
this area, as the whale love it. If you are lucky, you might be able to
spot the whales from the shoreline - their spouts, a whale tail, a fin or
even them jumping (also known as breeching).
Man Made Attractions and Activities
There are two main types of activities for South Straddie Island. There are those
usually start from another Gold Coast location and get you on to the
island - creating a sort of
day trip or half day trip. And there are those that you can enjoy by staying on the island.
Here's a quick list of things you could do on the island!
- Jet Skiing
- 4WD Tour
- Tractor Tour
- Scenic Flights
- Sand Boarding (also known as Sand Tobogganing or Sand Sledding)
- Bush Walking
- Bike Riding
- VR World - Virtual Reality Gaming at Couran Cove Resort
- Day Spa - at Couran Cove Resort
Serious sand sledding
at South Stradbroke Island
at South Stradbroke Island
Here's a quick list of things you could do on a day or half day trip to the island.
- Half Day Chill Out Kayak Tour to both South Stradbroke and Wavebreak Island.
The paddle across the Broadwater can bring some special opportunities to
see dolphins, turtles and stringrays. At South Stradbroke, there is a
bushwalk over to the surf beach. On returning to Wavebreak Island, there
are many activities to enjoy including clear bottom kayak over the reef,
fishing, beach sports and there is a lunch provided.
- An Exhilarating 2½ hour Jet Ski Safari along Broadwater, that will take you right up to Jumpin Pin and the bottom of North Stradbroke Island. On
the way back you get to pull into Tippler's on South Straddie for a quick
stop for something to drink or a splash in the water. Share your jet ski or ride alone, the choice is y ours.
- A 2 hour guided jet ski tour that will take you around the Broadwater islands and up to parts of South Stradbroke Island. Experience seeing South Stradbroke Island from the water and ride your own jet ski.
- Or Pedal over on a Water Bike Safari to the southern tip of South Stradbroke where you will be whisked away on a
4WD tour of the island. In addition, you will get some time on the island to enjoy some of the other activities such as
beach biking, fishing, beach soccer and racquets. Depending on the time of your tour you will either get an
Aussie Breakfast (morning tour) or an Aussie BBQ (afternoon tour).
There are several options for fishing on South Stradbroke Island. There's
the estuary fish on the broadwater side, and you can also fish from the beach
on the ocean side. Or you could take a deep sea fishing tour for something
boats or kayaks on the eastern broadwater side you will typically find
fish such as
bream, flathead, luderkick, tailor, whiting and jewfish.
you may be lucky and find the larger mangrove jack or trevally. There
are also bountiful sandcrabs to be had.
Resorts such as Couran Cove
have fishing guides to help you with general fishing information and
local fishing tips. They can arrange fishing trips to take
you to the best