Located at the northern end of the Gold Coast, South Stradbroke Island is a popular holiday destination and stunning natural reserve. Covered in unspoilt native bushland, tranquil inner waterways and 22km of surf beach, South Stradbroke Island boasts with spectacular views of the Gold Coast. Just 40 minutes via ferry, Stradbroke Island offers the perfect getaway for couples, families and backpackers.
Affectionately known as ‘South Straddie’, this island paradise is a popular destination for day-trippers and holiday makers looking for idyllic beaches and a relaxed island escape. There are actually two Stradbroke Islands in total and at just 21km by 2.5km South Stradbroke Island is the smaller of the two, making it the ideal spot of an intimate and peaceful holiday.
South Stradbroke Island offers a 4 star ecotourism experience accessed via the Coomera River on a 15 minute ferry ride. Cruising past the luxury mansions of Sovereign Island and the tranquil Broadwater you’ll arrive at Couran Cove Island Resort to an excellent range of lodges and suites with stunning marina and lagoon views and an outstanding range of onsite facilities.
Thanks to the facilities of Couran Cove Island Resort, South Stradbroke Island offers a range of activities and attractions including basketball, tennis, putt putt golf, lawn bowls and running tracks from the Broadwater to the surf beach. There is also an island sanctuary where families can roam through tracks of Australian forest spotting native wildlife with no roads or cars to disturb the peace.
South Stradbroke Island is also the ideal place to enjoy a huge range of water sports including snorkelling, surfing, canoeing, sea kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, kite surfing, windsurfing, fishing and sailing.
Largely undeveloped and completely car free, South Stradbroke Island is the perfect contrast from the bustling city of the Gold Coast. There’s nothing like being immersed in nature and there are many ways to do this on South Stradbroke Island including the hundreds of wild yet friendly and inquisitive wallabies. If you’re visiting from June to October, you might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the majestic humpback whales as they pass by on their annual north migration. Other native animals include sugar gliders, blue-tongued lizards, geckos and bandicoots.
Visitors can enjoy a host of outdoor activities on South Stradbroke Island including beach-going, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing and buggy tours. Plus, with over 30km of beach, keen surfers can enjoy the powerful swell and pumping waves that South Stradbroke has to offer. For those wanting to unwind in nature, the Couran Cove Resort Day Spa offers a range of massage, body and beauty treatments designed to whisk you away to cloud nine.