Coochiemudlo Island is located within Redland City in South-East Queensland, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The island lies in Moreton Bay, where its shallow beaches and mangroves are protected from the breakers of the South Pacific. The island is easily reached by a short ferry trip from Victoria Point. Although Coochie, as the island is known locally, is only 5 square kilometers in size, it boasts more than 4 Km of beautiful safe beaches, which are ideal for the kids. It has been called : ‘the jewel of Moreton Bay’. The name ‘Coochiemudlo’ refers to the red rock. This dominant feature makes the island easily recognizable when seen from the mainland. In spite of ‘mud’ appearing in the name, there is only a little mangrove – the rest is beach.
If you decide you would like to stay a little longer, there is a motel which offers reasonable rates, and lots of private accommodation which can be let to holidaymakers.
The tour departs from Les Moore Park located on Wilson Esplanade, Victoria Point. A short 15min paddle across the water to the island and hugging the shore line we kayak to Morwong Beach. A short break to stretch the legs and we are then on our way around to the main beach. At Main beach there are toilet facilities if needed and a chance to get a Merlot Coffee from the Red Rock Café. We then head back to the main land. The total distance covered is approx. 10km. We often see Turtles on this trip and if you are lucky somtimes Dugongs. The Dugongs were once mistaken for mermaids by sailors of days gone by.