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Published July 31st 2016
If you've ever tried to find an affordable venue where you can get together with family and friends you will know how hard it is. Check out Gindabara on Coochiemudlo Island. One block from Morwong Beach, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind. At $45 per person per night, a girl's weekend, a family reunion or a week away with friends becomes possible.
Other possible uses of the venue are retreats for artists and photographers, yoga, seminars and workshops.
Owner Carolyn Brammer wants the Gindara experience to help you "Get Closer''. Get closer to the environment - curlews wander through the block, kookaburras laugh at you from the nearby bush. which is appropriate as Gindabara means 'place of laughter" in the local Quandamooka dialect.
In keeping with the Get Closer theme, Gindabara has no Wifi or TV. The hope is that you'll get closer to the people in your life by walking, swimming or playing games by the fire, sharing a meal, sailing or kayaking.
Manager Russell Austerberry is close by to solve any issues and make your stay enjoyable.
Fireplace, aircon and large doors cover all kinds of weather.
The main hall has a wooden floor suitable for dancing. The Games Hall has table tennis and foosball and piles of puzzles and games like Monopoly. The yard is large enough for games and activities - cricket and croquet sets are provided.
The cabins are comfortable and clean with a screened porch. The kitchen in the hall is large and well equipped with a screened dining area. There is also a barbecue area with both a wood and a gas barbecue. All rooms have air con for summer and the hall has a fireplace for winter. There are 14 beds and 6 folding or sofa beds plus room for camping.
There is plenty to do on the Island. With the closest beach a block away and the other side of the island a 15-minute walk, you will never be bored. Swim, sail, hire a kayak or tandem bike, fish, look for soldier crabs, walk through the Melaluca Forest or the Mangroves. You can walk right around the island in an hour. There is also a Golf Club.
SHOPS There are no shops on Coochie so you need to come prepared. There are 3 places to eat. The Kiosk has some basics staples, takeaways and Friday night meals. Red Rock Cafe is open all day Tuesday to Sunday. The Resort has a buffet. All 3 are on the ferry side of the island - about a kilometre from Gindabara.
Catch the ferry at Colburn Ave Victoria Point. Parking is only 4 hours in some spots so read signs carefully. Ferry fare is $8 return and you need cash. Ferry leaves on the hour and half hour. If you want to bring a car ($55) you need to book the barge, Amity Trader.