Couran Cove Island Resort

4.0 star property
Gold Coast beachfront resort with 3 restaurants, pool bar

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Couran Cove Island Resort

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4 Bedroom Broadwater Villas | Terrace/patio
Smart TV
3 restaurants, breakfast, lunch served; local and international cuisine
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Overview of Couran Cove Island Resort

7.4 out of 10 Good
7.4/10 Good

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Bar
  • Laundry facilities
  • Child-friendly activities
4216 Gold Coast, South Stradbroke Island, QLD, 4216
Main amenities
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Marina
  • On the beach
  • 3 restaurants and bar/lounge
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • 2 outdoor tennis courts
  • 24-hour fitness centre
  • Children's pool
  • Pool bar
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Conference centre
  • 3 meeting rooms
Feel at home
  • Cots/infant beds (surcharge)
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Kitchen
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bath and shower

Room options

2 Bedroom Beachfront Lodge

  • 114 sq m
  • Beach view
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 King Bed and 2 Single Beds

4 Bedroom Forestview Villas

  • 182 sq m
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 King Beds OR 2 King Beds and 4 Single Beds

Family Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Lagoon View

  • 129 sq m
  • Lagoon view
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 King Bed, 2 Single Beds and 3 Single Sofa Beds

Waterview Studio

  • 62 sq m
  • Water view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed OR 2 Single Beds and 1 Double Sofa Bed

Boardwalk Overwater Studio

  • 62 sq m
  • Water view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed OR 2 Single Beds and 1 Double Sofa Bed

1 Bedroom Waterview Apartment

  • 74 sq m
  • Water view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 King Bed and 2 Double Sofa Beds OR 2 Single Beds and 2 Double Sofa Beds

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach
  • Dreamworld - 12 min drive
  • Warner Bros. Movie World - 16 min drive
  • Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast - 17 min drive
  • Harbour Town - 23 min drive
  • Surfers Paradise Beach - 41 min drive
  • Chevron Renaissance - 29 min drive
  • Slingshot - 29 min drive
  • Cavill Avenue - 30 min drive

Getting around

  • Gold Coast, QLD (OOL-Coolangatta) - 58 min drive
  • Gold Coast City Coomera Station - 19 min drive
  • Pimpana Ormeau Station - 26 min drive
  • Helensvale Station - 27 min drive
  • Ferry terminal shuttle (surcharge)


  • Sunset Beach Bar - 6 min walk
  • The Restaurant
  • Poolside Cafe at Spa Island - 2 min walk

About this property

Couran Cove Island Resort

At Couran Cove Island Resort, you can spend time at the beach playing volleyball, plus you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Dreamworld. 2 outdoor pools provide a splash of fun, and guests can also take advantage of a 24-hour fitness centre and 2 outdoor tennis courts. Poolside Cafe, Spa Island, one of 3 restaurants, serves local and international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's a marina and a poolside bar, and in-room conveniences at this upmarket resort include sofa beds and fridges.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 193 units
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2:30 PM until 5:00 PM
  • Express check-out available
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must transfer via Boat to the property; guests must contact the property at least 72 hours before travel, using the contact information on the confirmation received after booking
  • This property offers transfers from the ferry terminal (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 24 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Please note that the Eco Cabins are located 1.5 kilometers away from the marina and reception area.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Ferry terminal shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • 3 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Barbecue grills

Travelling with children

  • Children's pool
  • Mini golf
  • Playground
  • Local/corner shop
  • Children's menu

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Tennis
  • Yoga classes
  • Beach volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Racquetball/squash
  • Mini golf
  • Kayaking
  • Motor boating
  • Pool table
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby

Working away

  • 3 meeting rooms
  • Conference centre (3541 square feet of space)


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wedding services
  • Bike hire
  • Pool loungers


  • Built in 1988
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Television in common areas
  • 24-hour fitness centre
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Arcade/games room
  • Marina
  • 2 outdoor tennis courts
  • Banquet hall


  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 52-inch Smart TV

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Sofa bed
  • Alarm clock
  • Cot/infant bed (surcharge)
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Balcony

Freshen up

  • 2 bathrooms
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Stovetop
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils


  • Weekly housekeeping

Special features


Poolside Cafe, Spa Island – This poolside restaurant specialises in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available.
The Marlin Bar – This bar specialises in local and international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.
Portside Cafe – This café specialises in local cuisine. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit: AUD 250.00 per accommodation, per stay

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of AUD 38 (return)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 1.5 per cent

Renovations and closures

This property is closed from 13 July 2023 to 14 April 2024 (dates subject to change).

Children & extra beds

  • Cots/infant beds are available for AUD 10.00 per night

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 7 AM to 9 PM

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place and guests are provided with hand sanitiser.


This property does not have lifts.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector on site.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Ramada Couran Cove Island
Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort
Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort South Stradbroke Island
Ramada Couran Cove Island South Stradbroke Island
Couran Cove Island Resort South Stradbroke Island
Couran Cove Island Resort
Couran Cove Island South Stradbroke Island
Couran Cove Island

Frequently asked questions

Is Couran Cove Island Resort currently open?
This property is closed from 13 July 2023 to 14 April 2024 (dates subject to change).
Does Couran Cove Island Resort offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Couran Cove Island Resort does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Couran Cove Island Resort?
This property confirms that guests must provide documentation related to COVID-19 at check-in. Furthermore, disinfectant is used to clean the property, guests are provided with hand sanitiser and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Couran Cove Island Resort?
Yes, there are 2 outdoor pools and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 7 AM to 9 PM.
Are pets allowed at Couran Cove Island Resort?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Couran Cove Island Resort?
You can check in from 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:30 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at Couran Cove Island Resort and nearby?
Have fun with on-site activities such as kayaking, fishing and volleyball and improve your game at the on-site tennis courts. Additional recreation on-site includes basketball, racquetball/squash and volleyball. Enjoy a swim in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or use the resort's other amenities, which include a 24-hour fitness centre and an arcade. Couran Cove Island Resort also has a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Couran Cove Island Resort?
Yes, there are 3 on-site restaurants, featuring al fresco dining, local and international cuisine and pool views.
Does Couran Cove Island Resort have self-catered rooms fitted with kitchens or kitchenettes?
Yes, a kitchen is available in every room, and also includes a coffee maker, cookware and a fridge.
Does Couran Cove Island Resort have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony.
What's the area around Couran Cove Island Resort like?
Couran Cove Island Resort is located on the boardwalk, a short 1-minute walk from South Stradbroke Island Conservation Park.







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Property conditions & facilities




2/10 Poor

Should have checked the recent reviews. This section of the island is in strife with Electricity and Gas being switched off and the locals of the Cove living off generators or just leaving the island. It’s a sad situation for them. Most of the features listed in the booking ad were not in use. - No Cafe - No Watersports - No Fitness Centre - No Park - No Bowls - Only 1 place to eat with very limited choice - worse of all, the pool was not in use. We were told that the pool was out of order only 24 hours prior meaning there was no time to notify us. We were able to later find out from a local that the pool was out of use for a week and they believe it will not come back into use and that this was the beginning of the end. Many of the units there are up for sale and there are regular break ins caused by Drug issues. We tried to leave on the same day only to find out the 4.30pm Ferry was not on that day (Saturday) then left the next day. We just got our refund. The only restaurant shut at 7.30pm and we were in the room by 7.15pm counting down the hours to leave. Even though there seemed to be wifi, it wouldn’t connect. I asked one of the kitchen stuff about this and he said, “I thought there was never any wifi” The next morning the next morning the Ferry was an hour late. We noticed distress from another person who was going to miss a flight. This once beautiful resort is now a run down waste ground of what is used to be. It can’t have long left at this rate.
Jamie, 2-night romance trip
Verified Wotif guest review

2/10 Poor

All the facilities were closed. Staff did not know much. It was so bad we asked Expedia to move us. Couldnt get food. Couldnt do anything as nothing was open. Walking tracks closed. It was awful
Steve, 9-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

The resort was in a very dilapidated condition.
Allan, 3-night family trip
Verified Wotif guest review

2/10 Poor

I honestly don’t really know where to start. Firstly, the facilities are abandoned. Not rundown, but abandoned. There were rusty spikes in the children’s playground. There was poo all over the pool (which the ducks loved using). In the first apartment we were in, there was black mould on lamps and the toilet didn’t work. We asked for a (paid) upgrade and the new place was better, until I discovered mould on one of the pull out mattresses. There was almost no food options. There was no communication from staff about availability of food or facilities. We had to wait twenty minutes for service at the bar (while watching a bartender stack wine glasses) to be told that what we wanted was unavailable. No fresh fruit on the island, and ludicrously expensive for what was there (think $4 for a single serve of weetbix). We left two days early. The receptionist didn’t care that we were leaving early, she just wanted to be rid of us. If you’re thinking about going, keep in mind that it isn’t just old fashioned facilities that are a bit aged. These facilities are like Pripyat on the goldy, or like what happens when millionaires discard their expensive assets but still allow foolish patrons to book thinking that ‘it couldn’t possibly be that bad’. It’s bad - trust me.
Madeleine, 5-night family trip
Verified Wotif guest review

8/10 Very good

We liked that the property had great pool options for young and older guests. Main resort area and accomodation was wheelchair friendly however of three wheelchair toilets, only one was open. The room was clean and big, however no housekeeping and no wifi. Ferry driver Matt was nice and helpful. Rundown and unkempt facilities, only one place to dine for dinner with tiny & pricey menu with desserts listed but not available for the whole stay, broken hire equipment with long wait periods for some items, staff available were nice but VERY understaffed, long waits for takeaway lunch (30 minutes just in queue), no information or communication on how to hire equipment or extra activities - had to seek this out ourselves, no access to activities listed on website such as massage, buffet, spa and more.
Verified Wotif guest review

4/10 Fair

Be prepared for this to be the most expensive crap hole you’ve stayed at. The resort is seriously falling apart around you - paths in disrepair, rotten wooden railings, rusty bikes, kayaks with holes. The cabin we stayed in the flames from the gas cook top kept going out so needed a watchful eye to make sure we didn’t get gassed out. Rust marks on the sheets. Water damaged floors. The photos do not match the reality. The meal prices are exorbitant for the quality you actually receive, the wait times for ordering meals and drinks can reach anywhere up to 30 minutes just to order and then 30-45 minutes for the food to arrive. They did not have any desserts listed on the menu, only ice creams ($5 for a paddle pop) Cans of soft drink are $5. Coffee lines in the morning were ridiculous, with only one staff member taking the orders and making the coffee. Be prepared and Take your own snacks and drinks - ignore the rule of not taking your own alcohol, they don’t seem to really care. We did have the experience of watching influencers the resort had hired for advertising opportunities, Take cash as they charge $1 every time you use eftpos. Don’t bother tipping. Service is not worth it.
Verified Wotif guest review

8/10 Very good

Beautiful island staff were amazing and rooms are great
Verified Wotif guest review

4/10 Fair

The area is beautiful, nice contact with nature , but the facilities are all run down, staff were rude and unhelpful , specially receptionist , amenities broken in the room, room dirty. This place has potential but needs to be looked after. No activities for kids. No transport offered to and from the room, no biggies to be rented out. Seu difficult to get around with kids .
Verified Wotif guest review

8/10 Very good

I had read previous visitor reviews, so I was expecting facilities to be not maintained and aged. When I arrived I was pleassantly surprised. The resort offered a budget resort style experience that we loved. It was easy going and great for kids. Our one bedroom lagoon view apartment was a generous size and clean, although the kitchenette was very small and difficult to cook in due to the minimal benchspace for food prep. We didnt eat at the restaurants because we had been advised that vegetarian options were low so we brought all our food with us. The pool was fabulous! Kids loved it. And the bike hire allowed us to explore the island areas on sealed roads without cars or traffic. Overall, It felt like a relaxed, easy going holiday in a SE Asian resort back in the early 2000's - I loved it!!
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

Apartment was terrible dirty with dead cockroaches in the cutlery drawer and their feces all over the place. The dining table is in the balcony and was full of birds pup as well. The property and facilities are outdated and useless. The restaurant is short on offering and there’s only one working the others are closed permanently Going to the beach is an adventure as there’s no transportation or pram or wheelchair possible way to get there I can keep going…
Verified Expedia guest review