South Straddie or TOS (The Other Side) as it is referred to by the Gold Coast locals is closer to the Gold Coast mainland than North Stradbroke and is a spot favorite for Gold Coasters and visitors alike. South Straddie is 21 km long and only 2.5 km wide and is the smaller of the two islands.
South Straddie is made up of rainforest, wetlands and sand dunes and is home to several species of wallaby as well as many animals with possums, bandicoot and owls often being sited. There are also some great examples of native flora.
The western side of the island faces the calm waters of Moreton Bay and is a popular spot for families to enjoy the water. The eastern side faces the ocean and produces some great surfing opportunities. With good consistent breaks sometime regarded as the best on the Queensland coast it is no wonder that many surfers will go out of their way to surf here. Surfers will often paddle across the seaway from the Gold Coast which can be rather dicey especially exiting the water and also entry for your return trip as the swell often breaks against the rocks so timing your trip to coincide with the current is vital. Many surfers prefer the water taxi to get them safely to TOS. There are plenty of water sports to keep you entertained with jet skis, parasailing and swimming all being popular.
Leaving from Runaway Bay Marina, water taxis seat six and are an ideal way to cross the Broadwater. The are several different companies offering trips for all occasions even wedding parties can be accommodated. These taxis offer a 24 hours service and some take credit card and eftpos but it pays to check before you make your journey.
There are a number of accommodation options on South Straddie all in keeping with an environmentally friendly attitude. Couran Cove Resort offers resort style accommodation and there are holiday cottages and cabins as well as a number of campsite of the island. Booking in advance is advised especially during holiday season.