Leave your worries at the terminal and enjoy the short 10-minute ferry ride from Victoria Point over to beautiful Coochiemudlo Island, one of the Southern islands of Moreton Bay and only 35 km from Brisbane city. Coochiemudlo, or Kutchi-mudlo in the language of the Koobenpul people, means place of red stone. These prominent rocks have traditionally been used as a source of ochre for the local indigenous peoples of the area.
Things to do on Coochiemudlo Island
A petite five square kilometres in size Coochie is a perfect day trip choice for families. The island boasts 4 kilometres of clean, safe beaches to choose from and the water is mostly flat and calm making it perfect for children of all ages, SUPing, Kayaking and fishing. Dogs are also welcome on the island with an off-leash area on Main Beach for them to enjoy.
With a population of around 700 people, there is little traffic and almost no noise pollution. The island is easily navigated on foot and you can take a relaxed walk around the island in under two hours, or spend longer exploring the diverse natural habitats of the mangroves, wetlands, bushland and the often-deserted beaches. The kids can explore the rocks for crabs and critters and you can sit back and enjoy the amazing views out to Stradbroke island. Keep your eyes open for Sea Eagles, bush curlews, turtles, dugongs, dolphins and at the right time of year whales on their migration.
If you are wanting to get out on the water, Coochie Boat & Bike Hire is located right on the main beach. Available for hire are BBQ boats, stand up Paddle Boards, Fishing Tinnies, Kayaks, Pedal Boats, Aqua Bikes or cruiser bikes for a land option on weekends and school holidays weather permitting.
For something different and fun pop in and visit Hayley’s Quirky Train Farm. The kids will love this colourful and playful space where they can wander around and feed the chicks, ducks and guinea pigs and say hello to Lollipop the Donkey and Marshmallow the sheep.
For more information about the island including events, markets, artisan offerings, geography and wildlife of Coochiemudlo Island visit: www.visitcoochiemudlo.com
Food options on Coochiemudlo Island
Beautiful bushland fringes the beach providing an abundance of shady picnic spots. The facilities on the island are fantastic and plentiful with lots of public toilets and sheltered free BBQ areas right on the foreshore. You can easily self-cater making this day out at the beach an affordable option.
If you want someone else to do the cooking, there are three dining options all situated on main beach. The Coochiemudlo kiosk provides a breakfast menu, coffees, milkshakes, fried food, pizza, fish and chips and burgers, open from 7.30am – 5pm longer hours on the weekends. They also have ice-creams, ice for the esky and newspapers, it is also the only place to get cash out on the island.
The Red Rock Cafe open 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday, has lots of delicious breakfast and lunch options including pancakes, eggs benedict, burgers, salads, wraps, seafood and steak. (kid’s menu available). They have a seasonal a la carte menu for the foodies on Friday and Saturday nights and a lazy Sunday night option as well.
Beachside Rental Resort has a fully licenced restaurant and more casual poolside bar and food at the Sandbar such as burgers and nachos.
Accommodation on the island
There is no camping on the island, but there a few accommodation options available, including the Beachside Rental Resort, Seminara Apartments and Gindabarra, which has 6 separate buildings sleeping up to 20 people with a shared self-catering space. A google search will bring up a few more holiday home options.
Getting there and away
The passenger ferry is quick and punctual leaving every half hour. Be prepared to have cash for payment in case the ticket office is closed as it was in our case. A vehicle barge leaves from the same point every 40 minutes if you intend on bringing a car or kayaks. The ferry arrives and disembarks from Main Beach at the Southern side of the island. There is a patrolled area on weekends from 8.30-3pm and is also the place to hire boats, eat out or play at the playground at Pioneer Park. Everything on the island is in walking distance. Be aware there are no grocery shops so if self-catering you need to take everything you need over with you. Ice is available at the Kiosk.
Ferry prices Adults $10 return Children $5 return
For more timetable and prices for the Coochiemudlo vehicle barge and passenger ferry visit: www.amitytrader.com
Coochiemudlo Boat Hire information: www.coochieboathire.com
Coochiemudlo Island really is a place to come to relax and be together. Its proximity to Brisbane, small size and simplicity make this a really special choice for families looking for an easy and fun day out.
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