Coochiemudlo Island (Coochie)
Around 40 minutes south of Brisbane, you can catch a 10 minute passenger ferry or vehicle barge from Victoria Point to Coochiemudlo Island. Passenger ferry tickets are $8 return for adults, $4 return for school aged children and free for under 5’s. There was a sign for the vehicle barge for a $30 return ticket.
On our ferry ride across, the conductor advised us that the road straight across the middle of the island leads to a quiet beach that is better for little ones. When we disembarked the ferry, we did notice that the water was quite choppy straight off the main shore, not big waves but definitely not relaxing. So we took the recommended walk straight down Elizabeth Street and came out at a quiet and deserted beach. With mangroves straight off the sand and at low tide, the water was quite muddy so we didn’t take a swim, but definitely took the opportunity to explore. Hundreds of Soldier Crabs ruled the sand puddles and we even spotted a beautiful blue starfish. The sand is perfect for sand castles too as it stays perfectly damp.
Coochie is beautiful and we can’t wait to go back!