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 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 www.megamiabarges.com
There is some useful information about the island at www.coochiemudlo.net but just go and enjoy it, it's a lovely day or half-day out on the beach and fantastic for the whole family.
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
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 athttp://coochiemudlo.moretonbayislands.com/ Otherwise, thanks for a good article.
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.