I'm Anna - a full time worker and keen adventurer who loves to explore and make the most of what life has to offer. My partner and I enjoy spending our weekends in the great outdoors and getting off the beaten track.
Published March 6th 2017
Where on earth is Coochiemudlo Island?
You could be forgiven for never having heard of Coochiemudlo (Coochie) Island. Very few Brisbanites know this place exists. Coochie Island is located in Redland City, a 40 minute drive from Brisbane City. The island is accessible by a 10 minute ferry ride which departs every half an hour from Victoria Point and costs $4.50 one way.
'Coochiemudlo' means 'red rock'.
If you don't go here with expectations of pure white sand and clear blue water then you'll be pleasantly surprised at just how much of an escape Coochie Island provides. You can spot the city in the distance yet it feels like you're a world away from reality.
Coochie has a calm and relaxed feel about it and except for the locals who reside there along with a few day trippers, it is relatively quiet. The shallow protected waters provide a safe swimming environment for kids and the island is only 5 square kilometers so you don't need a car to get around.
There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. You can hire tinnies, BBQ boats, kayaks, paddleboards and bicycles to play with. Or you you can go for a leisurely stroll around the island. There is only one kiosk on the island so food is limited however there are electric BBQs available, so pack yourself a picnic and you'll be good to go.
The locals say if you walk 1.1km across the island you will find a nice beach on the other side. We were pressed for time and didn't get a chance to do this so we took their word for it. Instead, we decided to take a 500m stroll from the jetty until we found a secluded spot under a tree to have our wine and nibblies.
If you're keen you may wish to do some fishing off the beach. Regulars say there's a lot of flathead to be caught. Alas, we didn't catch any but we did manage to collect some tasty looking pipis off the beach.
I first visited Coochie for a holiday in 1964, staying in Bill Curry's shack, when I was 5. The following year we stayed at Katandra, owned by Bill & Margaret Flynn. There were 2 completed units, and 2 under construction. The Flynns sold to Arthur Underwood & family. I lost track of Coochie in 1971, our last holiday there. Katandra are now retro units, so it's odd me being there when brand new. Fond memories