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There is always something to do on Coochiemudlo Island. On Saturday, July 31st, the Heritage Association are organising a Mangrove Festival.
Mangroves are a vital part of the ecosystem.Photos courtesy of Annette Drennan
If you don't know much about Coochie, it is an amazing place with 3 distinct habitats - Mangrove Forest, Melaleuca WetlandReserve and Beaches.
The western shore is home to a Mangrove forest. The Heritage Association want to highlight the vital importance which mangroves play in Moreton Bay's health and diversity.
All sorts of interesting photo opportunities.
An art exhibition by Narelle Renn at the Community Hall (entry included in your ticket)
'Quandamooka Experience' with Matthew Burns (also at the Hall)
Mangroves by Boat looks good if you are not very mobile. (Only 3 trips due to tides).
A Heritage Trail
The Artisan Gallery has an interesting range of art and crafts.
Food is available from The Men's Shed, who will be setting up their Sausage Sizzle, The Oasis and the Curlew Cafe. The Curlew Cafe have a great range of locally made jams and other goodies. Or bring a picnic. There are plenty of lovely spots to sit.
Meals, snacks and a range of locally made goods.
BOOK EARLY. Tickets are limited because of the need to protect the mangroves.
Access is by ferry or barge from Victoria Point. Volunteers will collect you from the jetty, issue you with illustrated guides that provide details of 2 walks. Note that one can only be taken in the morning due to tides. Both walks are about 30 minutes in duration.
You will be met at the jetty.
Your ticket gives you access to a shuttle bus (but nothing is very far on Coochie) and also to the art exhibition and the at the Community Hall.