Saturday July 31st 2021
Mangroves are a unique species found between the land and the sea. They protect and stabilise our coastlines, filter out pollutants and provide food and homes to many creatures. Coochiemudlo has seven out of the eight Moreton Bay mangrove species and a large mangrove forest. To recognise and celebrate these wonderful trees, the Heritage Society will hold an annual festival near the UNESCO International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.
A guide to the day
Visitors can catch the passenger ferry or vehicle barge to the island. lt's a quick trip across - just check out the ferry or barge timetable. Plan to get to the Victoria Point jetty precinct half an hour before sailing, as you may have to walk some distance from your park. The crossing takes 10 minutes and costs $10 return, or $5 for pensioners, or children.
Islanders and visitors must pre-book and pay online (see below) then collect their tickets, on the day, from 8.30 onward from the Heritage crew waiting to greet you at the landward end of the island jetty.
You'll receive illustrated maps to guide you around two mangrove walks on the island. You need to wear closed in shoes, wear a hat and bring drinking water. A shuttle bus will travel from the jetty to the Community Hall and Morwong Beach where the walks begin. It will run from 9.15 am- 3.45 pm. The start of each walk is about 15 minutes on foot from the jetty if you prefer to make your own way.
Walk One begins at the Community Hall and proceeds via a sea lagoon to pioneer farmer Doug Morton's jetty, deep in the mangroves. This walk can be taken at any time throughout the day.
Walk Two departs from Morwong Beach and proceeds through rocky outcrops to the island's North-East Point. This walk can only be taken in the morning while tides are low. Most of Moreton Bay's mangrove species can be seen on each walk.
At 11am the Mangrove Festival will be launched at the Community Hall by Emeritus Professor John Pearn, who has been writing and producing books about Coochiemudlo's heritage for nearly 30 years.
Our guest speaker Dr Norm Duke, a mangrove ecologist for more than 40 years, will deliver the inaugural mangrove festival address. He'll then be joined by ecologists and Coochiemudlo Island residents, Dr Mark Pillsworth and Ms Toni Cannard, for a Q&A session with the audience.
Quandamooka Cultural Experience, Community Hall Grounds 2-3 pm
will feature Quandamooka Indigenous Culture Program Manager, Matthew Burns who will share traditional stories and knowledge.
'Vision through Mangroves' - Community Hall 9am-3.30 pm revisits Coochiemudlo artist Narelle Renn's very successful 2015 art exhibition. The Heritage Society with the assistance of Narelle and some of the owners of her art, have recreated and added to the works on display.
All the above events are included in the ticket price.
The Artisans' Gallery behind the Curlew Café is holding a special exhibition of art inspired by mangroves from 10am -2pm. Entry is free.
The island's talented artisans will be selling art and craft in Artisans' Alley next to the Curlew Café from 10am-2pm.Entry is free.
Coochie Boat Hire - From the Barge Ramp to the Mangroves
Cooche Boat Hire will provide barges for our guided boat trips from the Barge Ramp, past the volcanic red cliffs, to the mangrove forest on the island's western side. Tours will be limited by the tide and will run at 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30. Be at the Barge Ramp 10 minutes before departure. Tickets, sold at the ramp, are $20.00 per person.
Food and coffee can be bought from the Curlew Café or Oasis on Coochiemudlo. The Island's Men's Shed will be holding an all day sausage sizzle outdoors at the Community Hall. If you prefer to bring your own, there are picnic tables and barbecues at Main Beach, Morwong Beach and Norfolk Beach.
$10 per person or $20 for a family ticket (parent/s & school age children) Online pre-booking will open soon. Let us know if you'd like an alert when bookings open. The event will likely have an attendance limit, so don't wait too long to book.
The Coochiemudlo Island Mangrove Festival
is proudly sponsored by:
Redland City Council