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Published June 7th 2012
Get away and discover this island paradise right on your doorstep and less than a 10 minute ferry ride from Victoria Point. Often we know about local places but we don't make the time to discover them.
Coochiemudlo Island can easily be explored in a day and at your own leisurely pace. A perfect day out for the family, as it is a small island (around 4kms) with safe swimming beaches.
On arrival, walk off the ferry down towards the end of the jetty to view the 'big map of the small island', where suggested walks and highlights are marked. You don't need to worry about getting lost since the island is so small.
Option 1: Arrive with no plan - just turn up.
No need for a car here, just arrive with your picnic hamper and hang out on the island for a day. There is a small shop on the island that sells conveniences, snacks and drinks, but bringing your own is probably better, unless you want to travel light. Plenty of shade available around the beaches.
Option 2: Arrive with a plan - consider a BBQ boat. If you like the idea of hiring a BBQ boat and putting around the island, this is a "neat thing to do", but you will need to plan and book this beforehand. BBQ boats take up to 10 people and are around $260 for the day or $180 for the half day (note: prices are subject to change at anytime). Talk to Dave from Coochie Boat hire about these options. He will also be able to tell you about canoe and kayak hire, aquabikes or tinnies.
Remember to watch the tides if you anchor ashore
The actual BBQs on the boats are the smaller size (similar to a Q), and although certainly adequate, it just means you cook small portions at a time. But hey, that helps pass the time and is part of the fun.
With one of these boats you can potter around the island easily in half a day and pull into spots to get off the beach for a break. The captain of the boat doesn't need a licence and you will be given instructions upon pick up and boarding.
Take a break and just relax on Coochie
Catch the half hourly ferry to Coochiemudlo Island from Victoria Point, an easy 40 km drive from Brisbane city. For weekend departures, it is better to plan for a early morning departure for best chances of parking close to the Ferry terminal. Coochie also has a web page you can view here.