The Hotel: Coochie Island Beach Resort
Just shy of Main Beach on Coochiemudlo Island lies Coochie Island Beach Resort, surrounded by tropical gardens, palm trees and tropical plants. The Melanesian-themed complex is designed for relaxation, so be sure to make time for a dip in the saltwater pool and a fruity drink or two from the poolside bar and grill.
Twosomes arrive at their one-bedroom Poolside or Garden View Apartment to find a welcome pack waiting for them, stocked with wine, beer, chocolates and other goodies to munch on while settling in. Smooth tiles keep rooms feeling cool along with air-conditioning, while fresh linen and kitchen area give guests all they need to feel comfortable during their stay. Enjoy a continental breakfast, fresh lunch and three-course dinner daily in the Aloha Restaurant, which offers dining under raked timber ceilings or out on the poolside deck.
Poolside and Garden View Apartment
- Bed size/type: Queen bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Apartments feature air-conditioning, ceiling fans and insect screens
The Area: Coochiemudlo Island, QLD
Nestled between the Queensland mainland and North Stradbroke Island in greater Moreton Bay, Coochiemudlo is a small pocket of land surrounded by sparkling waters and unspoiled golden beaches. Popular with both loved-up couples and family units, the island delights visitors from near and far with its laidback attitude to life, where days are spent in pure relaxation on the water’s edge or exploring the unique flora and fauna of the wetland reserve.
Spend a full day wandering around the island, taking in its natural pockets of mangrove, sandy beach and red cliffs. Head to the Melaleuca Wetland Reserve to see native plants, and keep eyes open for sea eagles and rosellas flying above. Other creatures that regularly visit the area include dugongs, turtles and dolphins, while soldier crabs can be spied standing to attention between rocks and sand-growing plants.
The sea provides plenty of opportunities to both relax and have an adventure. Stretch out in the sun on Main Beach and then jump into the aquamarine waters once the heat becomes too much. Grab a rod and hop aboard a boat to sail out to neighbouring islands for prime fishing and sightseeing or get active on the golf course, tennis courts or cricket pitch.