South Stradbroke Island Resort

South Stradbroke Island Resort

South Stradbroke Island Resort
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missyg75
Brisvegas10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to get away from it all this place is great. Unbelievable beaches, 22kms of secluded beaches is great. Staff were very helpful and accomodation was really nice, set amongst trees. Many walks to go on amongst the bush,spotting wlldlife and ending up at a spectacular beach. Heaps of sand dunes on the beach and toboganning down the sand dunes is heaps of fun. Water sports available like kayaks, paddleboats but I was too lazy to try those out ! The only thing is the mosquitos but if you forget to bring mosquito replelant they sell some on the island. Also it would be nice to have one big pool rather than 3 small pools but it was still a great break. I would go back there in a second. If you want to be "seen" and be part of a large crowd this is not the place for you, but if you want to unwind and not be hassled and stay away from the crowds definitely come to this place.
Written March 2, 2007
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Richard C
103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We were looking forward to visiting and were generally happy with our day out. We were especially looking forward to hiring bikes and riding round but we arrived on the island approaching lunch time, bicycle hire was for 24hrs, rather strange, and the lady serving us said she was finishing for the day at 3.30pm and we would have to return the bikes by 3.15pm but still pay for 24hrs.
The management needs to charge by the hour, 24hrs is ridiculous for day trippers.
Written December 11, 2018
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Rosemary W
Hope Island, Australia450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
We visited Couran Cove departing by boat from Hope Island and arriving 35 minutes later where we spent a magical day. The boat is $30 return and can accommodate those who are elderly as there was a woman who was helped on the boat and then taken up to resort by ramp on a wheelchair. First we had an exceptional coffee at the very shady welcoming resort before we walked 2km along a mostly shaded bitumen or parallel sand path to one of the wildest beaches you could ever see. Don't swim in this one: it's the sort of beach where tourists drown regularly. Every rip known to man sweeps under these swirling waves but it's heaven to dip legs in and watch. The seagulls swoop and dive, the beach leads the eye south to the Gold Coast skyline where other poor people are slaving away. Walk back passing through ancient banksias, twisted melaleuca paperbarks, she oaks: all bedded in a rich lime carpet of ferns. Glorious. Take a short cut left through a rainforest boardwalk of breath taking stillness and beauty. You can even climb a tower to view the cabbage tree palms from above. Back at the resort you can have a huge pizza that could serve 3 at the cafe for about $20 or you could get a burger for about the same price. A glass of wine for about $6. Outdoor cafe and pool with shade cover. We swam in the huge pool area and some kayaked. Kayaks are available as part of the $30 return boat tariff. Bikes are also included free of charge for the day. There's a children's playground with heaps of delights. The restaurant looks over water and is an up market option which we didn't use but I'm told it's great: steak and seafood for about $30 to $35... lovely outdoor aspect. Wine available: variety of good wines, reasonable prices. We looked at a very delightful studio single level accommodation available on a flat boardwalk access from the main cafe/restaurant. King bed, large bathroom and a modest bar frig and two burner stove top. You can take an esky of food with you on boat for extra charge. At weekends the resort runs electric train transport through the resort to beach and return. There is also an eco style housing available scattered along the bush walk. The houses there looked a little hot for me in February. A friend stayed in one and loved it. Overall I think this is a wonderful resort available so close to the Gold Coast. It was built mid 90's, failed and now has the Ramada as the new owners. They're running a very busy place now. Many of the units are privately owned and rented through the Ramada resort. I highly recommend anyone to spend a day or two or more. Take a good book, your swimmers and a change of clothing. It's all you'll need at this time of year: February.
There are about three stairs up to the final level after ramp and three down on the other side to boardwalk and pool. A railing helps the elderly and wheel chairs available at the resort.
Written February 11, 2015
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CEF
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Very disappointed with our experience today. We had considered staying for a few days but thankfully we didn't waste our money. The ferry trip to the island was on a delapadated boat, very grubby and no views of the beautiful waterway - this set the scene for the rest of the trip. The island is run down and in need of a huge upgrade/makeover. Nothing like the pictures and no activities, except for expensive bike hire. The staff were friendly but it felt like we were intruding on 'their' island. This could be a fantastic eco/organic/family friendly environment but sadly a far cry from what we had expected.
The only positive was the ferry driver, who was friendly and chatted to us on the way back.
Good luck getting customers!
Written August 20, 2021
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Maxydog
Gold Coast Australia63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
South Stradbroke Island Resort also know as Tipplers Island Resort is a place of extream contrasts. One minute you can recieve great service in an idealic setting and the next you can be asking yourself why am I here.

The truth about Tipplers (SSIR) is that it is old and tired. I have been going there for 8 years as a day tripper and to stay. I live on the Gold Coast and often am asked to take friends and relatives there. I have just got back from 48 hours on the island a feel that the reviews that have been writen need some shall we say up dating!

You start your island experiance with a 30 minute boat ride from Runaway Bay Marina. This is the same boat that has been ferrying passangers to the island for at least 8 years. The crew wear no uniform and in fact resemble two people going on a fishing trip for the day. On a good day the ride is a great view of the Broadwater and the mansions that line its foreshore.

Your arrival to the island is on a new wharf that has been built in the past 2 years. Your bags are delivered to the front veranda of your "Bure" where you find them after check in. The reception area is the counter of the shop which has not changed in 8 years at least. Your accomodation is an octagonal "Bure". These are large rooms that are clean but! The equipment is tired and in some cases just working. Our ceiling fan only worked on high speed for example. Our tea and coffee facilities consisted of a jug, cheap coffee and tea satchels, UHT milk and that was it. You may notice that I didnt mention a cup or spoon, thats because there wasnt any. This was mentioned to staff, who were dutifully horrified but did nothing. Water must not be drunk on the island as it is bore water. All drinking water is bottled water and you must pay for this, none is suppied. Beds are hard but clean, there is television, radio, an old air conditioner and a small fridge. These "Bures" are right on top of each other and night noises do carry so be carefull what you say and do.

Food on the island is from a Bistro or a Restaurant and at best can be discribed as below average. The bistro is fast food that is tired and is subject to the mood of those who make it. Two people who were with us ordered ham cheese and tomato toasted sandwich, one had no tomato the other had very little ham. Most items served are deep fried from frozen and prices are far higher than the mainland. If you have a package that has the saturday night carvery meal thrown in, dont expect alot. In short the curries and such like were boiling in the Bain Maries and all looked the same with half marked what they were. The "chef" carving the meat was only waiting to finish his shift, and wait staff were pushing trollies that really needed a clean. After watching the "chef" wipe his carving knife on a bucket under the carving area and then slice some ham I decided not to eat anymore. The restaurant is tired and badly in need of repair, from a fence pailing picture frame that has had the picture ripped out to areas of the ceiling that are falling in and heavily mouldy, this is not the best enviroment to eat in.

Most activity revolves around the bar area with day trippers and resort guests being entertained by the same lunch time singer as 7 years ago. Friday night was football night and saturday was a live band that could be heard all over the island and ended or evening meal at 7 pm due to the fact we could not hear each other talk.

Pools are clean and well kept as is most of the grounds. The ground staff work hard and this shows. Raking the "bure" area at 6:30 to 7 am is a bit early I think. Swimming should be restricted to the pools. The eastern side of the island has a beautiful beach but it is unpatrolled and it is not adviseble you swim there. The area in front of the resort is a boating anchorage and I would not swim there. Fishing is beach fishing only on the eastern side or if you have a boat you can lay crab pots on the opposite mud flats at high tide.

There are paddle boats and canoes for free to resort guests, sea plane joy flights, jet skis and a ski boat all for a price. The shop has a small array of drinks and ice creams with the majority of stock being the tourist trinket. Another bar is down the beach to the south but we did not stay long due to the clientel.

To sum up. This resort is a place where you take the kids that is easy and the accomodation is cheap, and that is the only thing that is. The setting is the attraction, that of a tropical island, not the resort. If you do go here, and while you are eating your breakfast in the morning, a few day tripping, sand covered, jet skiers in soaking wet wetsuits belly up to the counter and ask whats on for breakfast with a few add expleatives remember, there are far better places to stay on the mainland.
Written August 31, 2008
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NA N
Baton Rouge, LA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
I was very lucky to visit "Straddie" with a dear friend of my Australian family who moved there
because of the magnificent rainbows over the point and the pod of 60 whales that winter there!!
OMG is all I can say about it....
I saw wallabees grazing, huge pods of dolphins off the "whale rock" at Lookout Point, and giant
manta rays in the surf below....
theres a wooden walkway along Lookout, free to the public as most beaches are where you walk along the cliffs up and down stairs, guaranteed to see dolphins, and (whales at the right time of year),
My friend took me to a little housing development where she knew there would be wild koalas in the trees and masses and masses of giant fruit bats nesting in the daylite banana trees above...
then on the beach we saw thousands of little blue crabs scurrying into the sand as we walked...
go by ferry, but GO! If I'm ever lucky enough to get married a second time, Straddie is where I will honeymoon, by hook or by crook!
Written May 28, 2014
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YaeSol K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
I was a student studying English in Brisbane for 4 months. I've been here 3 times with my friends who come from all of the world. I don't know if you go there through day trip tour or touristic centre it will show JUST magnificent landscape.. but if you go there to be relaxed and have a fun with your lovely friends and lovers it will be the best place in Queensland! Seriously it is in my case :)
Most of people visit Lookout point(where main beach is) of my lovely Straddie but there are several beaches on the way. You can choose one of them. I've been in Cylinder beach for my farewell day with my friends and it was the best memory I've ever had in Australia.
You have to know you are lucky to go there :) Please say hello to Straddie instead of me.. Greetings from Korea!
Written April 22, 2013
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AustraliaOne
Logan City Queensland37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Though this area is idyllic and picturesque and most enjoyable it is not the easiest to get to and by no means competitive with the compelling offers in South East Asian countries that include the mystery of foreign lands and inclusive of an airfare in the "deal". We really need to develope our tourism services to at least come up to the standard of enthusiasm delivered by South East Asian countries, Canada, the United States and especially that demonstrated so well and effectively in New Zealand.
Written April 21, 2013
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CoralM64
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beaches, caravan park accommodations, room to move. what more can i say, it was relaxing, cane toads are friendly, cat in caravan park was friendly. The weather was great at the time, yeah I liked it lol
Written February 26, 2013
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lifetravellerbrissy
Moreton Island, Australia6,809 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Friends
All resorts on the island have been closed for some time, with South Stradbroke Island Resort purchased by Gold Coast City Council in 2009. Tipplers closed around that time too, and Couran Cove ceased operating as a resort in 2011. There is still some private accommodation available, however you need to take food and drinks with you if you are staying on the island. Contact the Gold Coast City Council for camping options

A popular spot for boaties and fishing. Can be accessed from the Gold Coast, Southern Moreton Bay Islands or Jacobs Well where boat ramps are available for boating enthusiasts.

The island is a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast, with a wide variety of flora and fauna. The surf beaches on the eastern side of the island are not patrolled, nor are there shark nets, care should be taken as there are also dangerous rips/currents.

A great place to visit if you own a boat, with good fishing in some locations.

Take plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent. Most of the photos attached to this listing are of North Stradbroke Island, and do not relate at all to South Stradbroke.
Written January 28, 2012
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