Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published June 26th 2020
The perfect base for families visiting the island
Pioneer Park greets visitors to Coochiemudlo Island, right as they step out from the passenger ferry terminal. Situated behind a picturesque, sandy beach, Pioneer Park is the perfect base for visitors to "Coochie" as it is fondly named by locals.
Pioneer Park is directly adjacent to the ferry terminal on Coochiemudlo Island
For those who haven't heard of Coochie, this small island sits in Southern Moreton Bay on Redlands Coast near Brisbane. The island is reached via the Amity Trader's passenger ferry or vehicle barge, which leave from Victoria Point. The passenger ferry is a mere 8 minute ride, although the short amount of time doesn't diminish the beauty of the trip. Updated ferry times from May 2020 can be found here, and prices are published here.
Pioneer Park sits directly behind a rarity on Moreton Bay - a beautiful sandy beach. It's protected location means the water is calm here, rather than being a surf beach, making it ideal for children to paddle in under supervision.
Pioneer Park sits directly behind a beautiful sandy beach
The centrepiece of the park, from a child's perspective, is a nature-themed climbing frame with 2 slides, a short flying fox, and a tower for imaginative play. Is it a tree house, or a pirate ship today?
Kids love the climbing frame at Pioneer Park
There is also a small waterplay area, with a hand pump, a large spider web climbing ropes tower, and a set of swings in the playground.
This fantastic spider web provides older children with graet views of the bay
Seating at Pioneer Park includes a number of benches, picnic tables, and picnic shelters, some of which provide views across the bay. There are also electric BBQs, making Pioneer Park an ideal location to return to at lunchtime when enjoying a day on the island.
A picnic shelter and BBQ at Pioneer Park
While children may be most excited by the playground, parents and caregivers will appreciate the beach shower, water fountains, and public amenities block that are all conveniently located in the park.
This well-maintained public amenities block is situated adjacent to the playground
Coochiemudlo Island is a wildlife haven, with Pioneer Park home to many beautiful birds. Take some time to enjoy the natural beauty of the island while the kids play.
The trees above Pioneer Park are alive with birds
After all that fun, families with young children will be relieved by the short walk back to the ferry. Just 8 minutes back to the mainland, and everyone should be ready for a nap!
The quick ferry trip back to the mainland makes Pioneer Park an ideal weekend destination for families visiting the island