If you are budgeting your cash I wouldn't recommend this as the first thing to do (the watersports are what I woulld head for 1st!) but it is well worth it to get great views of the Island, the Gold Coast and the ocean.The cost was about $50Flight was about 20 miuntes and had some fantastic photo opportunities!The pilots usually stroll around the...more
Couran Cove has a philospphy of kind-of educating people about why the resort works so well. They have a small interpretive centre near the general store with various diplays about the Island's Aboriginal, Maritime and commercial history and it is a good place to get a feel for the place before going for an explore. There is no charge to have a...more
Couran Cove has lots of wildlife in amongst the activity. If you are from overseas and haven't yet seen Australia's native animals here is a great place! There are wallabies hopping around the place, and they often congregate on Spa Island to eat the grass that grows there. Also expect to see lots of birdlife - you might be fortunate enough to see...more
If that's your thing, there is a small rock-climbing wall on the island, you have to do it as an organised activity and the wall isn't that challenging (if you regularly climb outdoors or in a climbing gym) but still good to hang about or for first-time climbers!Think it cost about $5 or so...Just a note of caution - the 'hard' wall gets full...more
Make sure you are out and about at sunset - we caught some stunning ones while we were there!This photo was taken at the Watersports Beach on the Western side of the resort - it looks out over the calm waters of the Broadwater and towards the mangroves on the opposte bank of the channel.more
This restaurant is just next to the pool area at Spa Island (the pool complex which sits on its own little island connected to the rainforest and reception area by boadwalks over the lagoon.).The menu was your cafe style food such as pizzas, burgers, salads, wedges etc and compared to the other restaurants, was lower priced.For restaurants in...more
This restaurant is in the main recpetion area at the front of the resort with views out through the marina and twoards the Broadwater.A very classy restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine using fresh ingredients such as seafood.We didn't eat there ourselves but had a look at the menu which looked superb.Be prepared for the bill though - but I...more
The bast way to get around Couran Cove is to hire bikes and ride - they give you a a chain and there are bike racks everywhere. There are no guest vehicles on the island and even the room-service and housekeeping staff get around on specially fitted bikes!There is also a people-mover train thingy that goes through the middle but we only really used...more
There is a small general store on the island which sells the basaics for own-cooking (if you are staying in one of the Nature Cabins which has cooking facilities). We brought some basics over with us but had to buy a substantial amount from the shop which was really expensive.
If you plan to do your own cooking seriously consider what you will bring with you to minimise your trips to the shop and costs.
Luggage and bags:
If you are flying you will be restricted in what you can bring by the airline, I think we all had one large bag and then a backpack.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Do bring some mozzie repellent - you wont need it in the cabins at night but there are a few mozzies about in the evening if you are out and about.
Miscellaneous: If you are catching the morning ferry from Runaway Bay make sure that you have swimmers and a towel in your backpack - since you big bags will be checked through to your room and you wont really be able to get at them until 2pm...we did this and were glad since the water looked so nice at that time of the day!
Just North of Couran Cove there is a little stretch of track before you get to the daggy Tipplers Resort - along this track there a great little beaches to stop at and have a swim.
The Surf beach at Couran Cove was a bit rough and the sand at the watersports beach on the lagoon wasn't all that nice so this was a great place to have a swim and it was quiet (being off the beaten path).
In the sports centre there are 3 shuffleboard courts. We had quite a few really fun games down here. It is like thos deck shuffleboard that you see in movies of cruise ships - and this is the closes I would get to a cruise!Now some of you are saying...hmm, whatever! But with the right people it is a lot of fun - and can get PRETTY competitive! The...more
The watersports beach has almost all watersports available! Among the freebies are windsurfers, catamarans ad kayaks. Other activites requiring a fee included - waterskiing, jetskiing, banana boat rides, wakeboarding and parasailing.It works well with the jetskiing (which I normally find quite obnoxious) but they have a course set-out on the...more
Couran Cove had such a nice feel about it - it wasn't a party island so the clientelle were more there to enjoy the natural beauty than have huge binge-drinking nights, the resort also respected the environment and tried to incorporate the outdoors into the design by having great open cabins with lots of louvers and netting to allow the refreshing...more
The accommodation was architectually very smart, they made use of materials that epitomise Australian life such as louvers and corrugated iron and comine them to create beautiful and very practical accommodation.This is a view of one of the overwater marine apartments and the main reception area in the background.more