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Couran Cove Island Resort  Hot
Hotels 5 Green Stars
Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: unrated
Location: Oceania
Country: Australia

Couran Cove Island Resort

Couran Cove Island Resort is located on South Stradbroke Island only 40 minutes by ferry off Queensland’s Gold Coast, Australia. Set in peaceful natural surrounds, Couran Cove Island Resort is a unique Australian island resort, which features pristine white beaches, majestic rainforest and native Australian wildlife.

Winner of Environmental, Architectural, Tourism and Catering awards, Couran Cove Island Resort offers a range of beautiful marine style accommodation, a wide choice of dining options and is ideal for a family holiday, a romantic escape or a special business event.

Couran Cove Island Resort hosts a great choice of sport and leisure activities for the active and not so active alike. Leave traffic worries behind on the mainland as you cycle through the peaceful bush setting, with over 1,000 bikes to choose from - kid's and adult bikes, trikes, tandems and infant carriages. The unique environmental walks, hosted by the qualified environment guides, will introduce you to the native plants and animals that share the beautiful island.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Energy Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - The guiding motto for everyone involved with designing and building Couran Cove Island Resort was AS NATURE WOULD HAVE IT. Architecture utilising natural air flows, materials and lighting has contributed to an overall reduction of 85% in greenhouse gas emissions at the resort compared with a similar sized conventional island resort and 75% compared with a typical mainland household. All materials are from sustainable resources with an emphasis on timber and glass.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Couran Cove Island Resort recognises and understands the threats associated with groundwater usage over an extended period of time (such as pollution, contamination and over consumption). As a result, a groundwater specialist consulting group, Douglas Partners, was brought in to develop and implement ways the resort could use this water supply in a sustainable manner. Couran Cove Island Resort has installed state of the art reverse osmosis and nano filtration treatment systems that produce ultra clean drinking water, far superior in quality to rainwater and most bottled waters. All of the resort’s taps and showerheads have been fitted with water saving devices in order to help minimise any excessive water use.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - When it comes to sewage disposal, Couran Cove Island Resort has focused on world best practice standards in the collection, treatment and disposal of sewage waste, far beyond industry and government standards. The treatment plant consists of four major components – primary, secondary, tertiary and then a final polishing process. Many sewage plants found in Australia’s major cities only treat sewage to the secondary stage before disposal. Couran Cove Island Resort, however, was determined to set new industry standards in sewage treatment and was willing to go several steps further.
Couran Cove Island Resort has an extensive recycling program in place that ensures that all recyclable material is collected, sorted and shipped to the mainland for recycling. Re-usage is another essential component. A great example of how Couran Cove Island Resort practices this is the re-use of organic waste that is produced on the island. Once collected, this organic waste is put through a vermiculture system (worm farm) and is then used as a soil conditioner and fertiliser.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Individually and collectively, the management and staff of Couran Cove Island Resort take responsibility for the effect of their work activities on the environment and remain committed to continual improvement in all key performance areas. The staff maintain an in-depth knowledge and thorough commitment to maintenance and improvement of the Island’s natural environment. Through commitment to implementation of our environmental policy and participation in education programs, we have become ambassadors for the cause of environmental protection and ecologically sustainable development throughout Australia. Educating staff, patrons and volunteers to support our environmental objectives is a continued goal.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Couran Cove Island Resort has Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation with Ecotourism Australia and has a AAA Tourism Green Star. Environmental Awards won include:
• National Landcare Awards, “Fuji Xerox Landcare Business Award” 2000
• Banksia Environmental Awards, “Resource Conservation and Waste Minimisation” 1999
• Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence, “Environmental Initiative Award” 1999
• Institute of Engineers Australia “Excellence in Energy Smart Engineering” 1999
• Institute of Engineers Australia “Excellence in Environmental Management” 1999
• S.E.D.A. Award, “Institute of Engineers Australia: Excellence in Sustainable Energy” 1999

Contact Details

Couran Cove Island Resort
Ferry Departure Terminal
John Lund Drive,
Hope Harbour QLD 4212
Freecall 1800 268 726 (within Australia)
or +61 7 5509 3000 (outside Australia)
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