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Coochiemudlo Island

Coochiemudlo Island 

GOOCHIE MUDLO 

Red rock of discovery. 

With an emerald fringe of lush bushland, Coochiemudlo, which means ‘red rock’, lies quietly in Moreton Bay, just ten minutes by passenger ferry off Victoria Point.

Affectionately dubbed ‘Coochie’ by locals, this tiny, sub-tropical island is predominantly residential but also has significant natural habitats and an abundance of wildlife.

Migratory birds, dolphin, dugong, and armies of solider crabs that march across the sand at low tide are just some of the highlights to be enjoyed.

Coochie’s peaceful ambience and outstanding views have inspired many island artists, with plenty of local arts and crafts to browse at the island markets.

With the island just 5sq km in size, cars can be left on the mainland. Simply pack your swimmers and a picnic, or purchase food at the island store, and stroll to one of the island’s three beaches – Main, Morwong or Norfolk. 

Set in calm and protected waters, Main Beach – where the ferry comes in – is a great place for children to swim in relatively shallow water, while other aquatic activities abound.

Hire a tinnie and go fishing, drop in a line from the beach, or hire an aqua bike, canoe or kayak and explore the island’s coastline.

Land lovers can enjoy a game of golf at the nine-hole Isle of Coochie Golf Course.

A highlight for Coochie and popular with visitors is the island community’s re-enactment of Matthew Flinders’ landing in July each year. Entertainment, markets and music are all part of the free event.

Coochie offers a range of accommodation options, including holiday homes, cottages and a resort.

Getting around
- Amity Trader: A water taxi and vehicular ferry run regularly between the island and Victoria Point; telephone +61 7 3820 6557.
- Train: The closest railway station is Cleveland, which is located at the end of the Cleveland line.
- Vehicle: Victoria Point is a 50 minute drive from the Brisbane CBD; 40 minute drive from Brisbane airport.
- Bike: On and off road recreational cycle ways run throughout.
- Bus: Transdev operates regular mainland bus services to Victoria Point.