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Coochiemudlo Island

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by Fiona Davy (subscribe)
Freelance Writer, Tutor & Animal Advocate
Published November 8th 2011
Coochiemudlo Island in Moreton Bay is a short 10 minute ferry ride from Victoria Point but a world away from the city. Named after the red rock found on the island Coochie, as it is locally known, offers a hint of the old fashioned day at the beach I remember from my childhood in the 70s.

The passenger ferry delivers day trippers at the Elizabeth Street Ferry Terminal with the patrolled beach, boat hire and the one-stop café-ice cream-cold drink shop all right there.
The real attraction for me is the 4kms of safe beach and the walking tracks through gorgeous bush and rugged coastline. The island is just 5 square kilometres so walking around it is a pleasure. Families often take their bicycles across on the ferry and enjoy the relatively flat streets and trails by bike.

With lots of little beaches dotted around the island it is easy to find a quiet picnic spot away from the action on Elizabeth Street, and Coohie even offers a golf course, cricket field, croquet green, great fishing spots and electric barbecues to cook up your catch – or the sausages you brought with you.

Access to the island is via ferry from the Victoria Point Ferry Terminal
Coochiemudlo Island Ferry Service
Megamia Barges for vehicular transfers

There is some useful information about the island at but just go and enjoy it, it's a lovely day or half-day out on the beach and fantastic for the whole family.
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Why? Family Fun in the Sun
When: Regular ferries every 30 minutes 7 days (approx times: 5am to 11pm weekdays/6.30am to 10pm weekends)
Where: Coochiemudlo Island, Moreton Bay
Cost: See above website for details
Your Comment
Thanks, looks like fun. I liked the photo on the page that I clicked on to view the article.
Thanks. Next time in Brisbane, might visit this one.
by Jody Kimber (score: 2|894) 3179 days ago
Is there a cafe on Coochiemudlo Island where one could go for coffee?
by anse (score: 1|84) 3190 days ago
Highly recommend the Red Rock Cafe. Excellent food. Then walk around the Island, wonderful eco island. A place for everyone.
by carol (score: 0|2) 2414 days ago
No bus but the island is so small you can walk around it quite easily, or take a bicycle with you, there are beautiful beaches and bush walks. By the way, there is a lovely new café called the red rock, just opened on the site of the old flinders cafe
by meyde (score: 0|2) 2450 days ago
Could you please tell me how you get around the island, is it on foot or do you have a bus.
Thanks Jan
by jansh (score: 0|2) 2459 days ago
is there a charge to take a push bike to Coochimudlo Island?
by kjb42 (score: 0|2) 2490 days ago
Good story Fiona but a couple of things need to be updated. The Flinders Cafe is no longer in operation. The ferry service phone number is actually 32077281. Amity Trader is now operating the Barge Service and the best website information is at
Otherwise, thanks for a good article.
Len :-)
by Len (score: 0|2) 3152 days ago
Great article, thanks! Coochie is one of those places I have been meaning to get to for ages... must do it this summer.
by MICHA (score: 1|19) 3189 days ago
Thank you very much for your info. I will try the Matthew Flinders Cafe soon!
by anse (score: 1|84) 3190 days ago
Yes, for a quick drink and ice cream there is the kiosk near the ferry terminal. For a more substantial venue the Matthew Flinders Cafe is at 38 Victoria Parade S - I have not been there though so cannot comment on it's coffee or menu.
by Fiona Davy (score: 1|93) 3190 days ago
I want to go for anzac day , but cant find ferry times anywhere
Service is 5.30 and weekend ferry leave Vic point at 6.30
Will there be an early ferry?
by mary (score: 0|2) 1946 days ago
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