Leave your troubles at the airport terminal and look forward to a 10-minute ferry ride that leaves from Victoria Point to the gorgeous Coochiemudlo Island which is only 35km away from Brisbane and one of the most beautiful islands of Moreton Bay. Coochiemudlo, or more commonly known as Kutchi-mudlo, basically translates to place of red stone.
Things to do with the family on Coochiemudlo Island
Measuring in at 5 square kilometres, Coochie is the perfect choice for a lovely day trip with the entire family. The magnificent island impresses with 4 kilometres of safe, clean beaches and the water is mostly calm and flat which is perfect for kids of all ages to enjoy fishing, kayaking, and SUPing. You will also be pleased to know that dogs are more than welcome on Coochie island where you will even find an off-leash area located on the main beach for them to run around freely.
With a small population of just over 700 people, there’s very little traffic and nearly no noise pollution. Coochie island is extremely easy to navigate, and you can easily walk around the entire island in just under 2 hours at a very relaxed pace. Alternatively, you can spend the day exploring the natural habitats of the bushland, wetlands, mangroves, and the numerous beaches surrounding the island. The children can safely explore the rocks for critters and crabs while you enjoy the hypnotic views from Stradbroke Island. Ensure you keep your eyes open for dolphins, dugongs, turtles, bush curlews, and sea eagles along with whales when you visit at the right time.
If you don’t feel like going into the water, the boat and bike hire in Coochie is situated directly on the main beach. You can hire a host of different equipment, including cruiser bikes, aqua bikes, pedal boats, kayaks, fishing tinnies, paddle board, and BBQ boats. If you are interested in doing something completely different and fun, make your way to Hayley’s Quirky Train Fam. The children will fall in love with this playful and colourful space, allowing them to explore while feeding the guinea pigs, ducks, and chicks as well as have the opportunity to meet Marshmallow the sheep and Lollipop the donkey.
Food Options for the family on Coochiemudlo Island
There are several fantastic picnic spots that are well-shaded thanks to the bushland fringes that the beach provides. There are loads of facilities on the island along with dedicated BBQ areas and public toilets for added convenience. There’s no reason you can’t self-cater to make your holiday experience an affordable one.
Should you not be in the mood to do the cooking yourself, you’ll be pleased to know that there are three options available and all of them are located on the main beach. The kiosk on Coochiemudlo Island offers everything from pizza to breakfast. You can also visit the Red Rock Café for some delicious meals as well as the Beachside Rental Resort which offers a fully licensed restaurant.