Original post April 2020
Not so long ago when we were all free to go where and when we wanted WOW!. We decided on a week and a bits stay at Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke island. Ive always been curious, especially hearing the entire resort sold for the grand sum of one dollar ! Located about halfway along the western side of the 22km long sand island, nestled around a man made lagoon, Its a fairly old and run down family resort where you cant be too snobbish or you wont enjoy it much. It really does run on 'island time' there. We had a good time and liked the laid back feel. Heres some pics of our stay below after which I will wrap up with some tips to make the most of a visit there.
You may find that the resort looks a little the worse for wear in parts. In the ultra regulated homogenized cottonwool norm weve become accustomed to in Australia it is a bit out of the box. But that did not deter us from getting amongst it. We particularly loved surfing the uncrowded classic little A frame beachbreak every day. I liked lazing around the pool every evening. And theres some nice walking through the livistonia forest, firebreaks and around the residential subdivision adjacent. Felt little bit like rottnest island with all the wallabies everywhere! I can imagine it could feel too isolated after a while, 1 week or so worked well for us. Heres some notes if you go while its still in its current somewhat delapidated state.
- Dont set the bar higher than the price - its cheap and cheerful.
- Dont expect to have many options for food and bev - BYO food is sensible. BYO booze is not officially allowed. Be discreet
- Dont go if you need nightlife and shopping. Definitely take a good read and comfy walking footwear for getting out and about
- Wifi only seemed to work near the reception and pool, check youve got a big data plan if your intending to stream stuff in your room
- It appeared there was 3 types of accomodation, 1over water flats close to the hub, 2units flanking the lagoon beaches, 3eco cabins in the bush a bit further afield
- Each of the eco cabin precincts is named in honor of a famous Australian artist. We found the commemorative plaques interesting
- Its a fair way to the isolated open beach, buggy transfers are free but sporadic so a walk or bike there might while away the day
- Bikes are included when you book through the resort, big plus especially if you stay any distance away from the lagoon or want to go surfing
- You can get some bargains privately through airbnb but check if they give you working bikes because that made a huge difference to our stay
- The pool was a mainstay, especially early and late when it was less crowded, great spot to watch the sunset from and grab a burger
- The inflatable floating fun park was fun for the younguns too as well as paddling around the lagoon but both are a shorterm diversion
- The arcade precinct has more to offer than just computer games, we passed on the minigolf and gyms but spent a fair time shooting basketball hoops and playing handball in the impressive full glass squash arena. BYO balls if you can
- The high ropes adventure course and climbing wall and beach+billabong camp that we saw mentioned are all long since defunct, along with attractions like the Eastern beach bar and bistro which is deserted too
- I have heard that the beach bistro can be hired out for functions and parties its certainly isolated enough nobody would care what went on
- We went surfing out there nearly every day although its unpatrolled, we did see some jetski tours and beach 4WD tour go by once if those activities interest you
- Its better part of an hour by ferry from seaworld, and thats not included in most bookings, otherwise byo boat seemed super if you have one
- We spent some time fishing but caught very little. Guests who arrived by their own boat could fish and explore further at their leisure! A good idea.
All in all our family rated this experience
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Mat is busily making the best of it from the family home in Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Australia. They are all looking forward to more low carbon local family adventures as soon as its clear to go!