We have been happy Owners now for a decade and more and have always enjoyed our membership in the WordMark South Pacific Club to its absolute maximum. When I discovered that the new Associate Resort was Couran Cove on the island paradise of South Straddie off the Queensland coast, to say I was delighted would be an understatement. I couldn’t wait to organize a visit to see what they had been able to achieve so far with the resort. The potential I knew was breathtaking.
Ramada Couran Cove is simply a gem in the polishing. Within a breath of the Gold Coast it is a taste of the wilderness and a world unto its own. The resort grounds stretch from the wild surf of the Pacific Ocean through to the quiet waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater, a true boaties paradise.
On the Sunset side of the southern Stradbroke peninsula you can organize the use of small sail craft at the resort to play in the more protected waters of the Broadwater, a short step from the cabins of Couran Cove as well as hire a kayak in the more sheltered lagoon.
Within the bounds of the property is the potential for this resort to become a true sparkling gem in the crown of Wyndham Resorts. It is a resort that is accessible only by helicopter or boat, or you can sail and motor your own way into the marina and berth for your stay in the same manner that you would park a car. There are also water taxis available locally and the resort is currently serviced by an island ferry out from Runaway Bay Marina in a short and regular run.
This resort has some magnificent potential, which is still in the polishing but what is available already is more than delightful. On the Sunrise side is the open beach that just begs for the fisherman and some great surf.
At the moment this beach is unpatrolled and the surf club, part of the resort, is in the planning for a refurbishment but this won’t deter those on the hunt for a catch or a long leisurely walk along the virgin beaches of the open seas. In the distance you can see the outline of the Gold Coast Surfers Paradise strip and yet you are secluded from the hassle that is this tourist mecca but within reach of enjoying these same entertainments.
The grounds of the eco resort are extensive with the main marina and lagoon that has everything you may need from a restaurant and cafés. At poolside there is a very large children’s area and pool, separated from the adults’ pool by the island café. This much deeper heated pool overlooks the lagoons and the sandy beach nestled in the still waters, where you can organize the use of kayaks.
The grounds just beg the use of the bikes, which are available for small daily rental and the walking tracks are surfaced and groomed, with a boardwalk through the magnificent melaleuca wetlands, which stretch into the ancient and rare Livistona forest that has survived in Australia since Jurassic times.
One of the greatest delights is the wallabies and wildlife that wander the shaded grounds and search the beach for the salted grasses and roots. The birds are also a treat and listening to their carol and the harsh cackle of the kookaburra is a special sound that takes you readily into the Australian bush.
At the moment there is no general store within reach of the grounds but a few supplies are available on Spa Island near the pools. I would recommend the café and restaurant and relaxing around the lagoon island while you enjoy the fare available. The kitchens in the apartments are basic and while the apartments are spacious, comfortable and cool, preparing meals in the serviceable kitchens is a particular challenge but more than achievable. Particularly for those extra quiet nights in your apartment while you enjoy the view over the lagoon or marina, or for light daytime meals and snacks.
If you plan on walking the many tracks and venturing across the island, something I would recommend, then insect repellent is a must. This resort is so close to the wilderness of the island that even the insects think so and yet you can also enjoy the delights of the Gold Coast ‘Worlds’ (Ed: theme parks) entertainments a short cruise away across the Broadwater on the ferry.
I am truly looking forward to returning often to Ramada Couran Cove to enjoy the development and growth of this resort.
Jan & Naumann
WorldMark Owners since 2001