I am an artist, author and teacher from South West Brisbane. Visit my blog at leaderslovelife.blogspot.com/ I love exploring new out of the way places with my family
Published April 16th 2013
If you are looking for a short break 'overseas' but are low on funds and time, I recommend that you check out Coochiemudlo Island.
We had a wonderful day out as a family and didn't come home with empty wallets.
The Coochie Ferry leaves from Victoria Point and tickets start from only $2.00. Alternatively you can take your car over on the barge that departs from the same place.
However, with the island being around 5km square, we happily explored the place on foot and discovered some wonderful place and made some new friends along the way.
One of these being Hayley and her animal family at the Quirky Cottage Farm. And if you would like to extend your visit, this would be a unique way to spend a few days away to indulge kids of all ages. With "cottages' that include train carriages or a cow house, you need to see them to believe it. My daughter begged to go back and stay.
After lunch at the food kiosk next to the playground and just across from the jetty pier, we headed for the beach. Even though Coochiemudlo is only a small island, it boasts more than 4km of sandy, safe beaches - ideal for kids of all ages. And if you are feeling energetic, you can hire a kayak and explore around the island by water as well. Or try a water bike, though check tides unless you are up for a real challenge of coming back against the current.