Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Gindabara on Coochiemudlo Island

Home > Brisbane > Beaches | Dog Friendly | Escape the City | Weekend Escapes | Workshops
by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader and Pinterest addict who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.Step Into History.com.au is designed to help children experience history.
Published July 31st 2016
Get Closer
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.

Welcome to Gindabara. All Images by writer.


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.

gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
Fireplace, aircon and large doors cover all kinds of weather.


gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
Dine inside, on porch or outside.


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.

gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
Games Room


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.

gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
Relax in the screened porch.


gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
Cabin bedrooms - 1 Queen, 2 singles


gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
Barbecue area outside the Games Room.


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.

gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
Peaceful beaches.


gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
Manager Russell taking a break


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.

gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
Meeting a local at the Kiosk.


GETTING THERE
Only 1 hour from Brisbane CBD.

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.

gindabara, coochiemudlo island, group holiday, seminars, nature
A large private property.

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  72
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Group holidays, seminars and workshops
Phone: 0423 860 848
Where: Gindabara
Cost: from $630 per night
Your Comment
Sounds like a perfect getaway, Lynne!
by Elaine (score: 3|6405) 1085 days ago
Love Coochie :) I remember jetty jumping when I was little and finding crabs and sometimes turtle shells along the beach..
by Chloe Doyle (score: 3|1363) 1084 days ago
Sounds wonderful. A long time ago I spent quite a bit of time over on Coochie. Love it.
by Di Hill (score: 2|488) 1084 days ago
Articles from other cities
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions