Saturday July 31st 2021
Come to Coochiemudlo in sparkling July and join us in celebrating the mangroves of Moreton Bay. Take this special opportunity to see for yourself, close up, the wonders of our mangrove forest.
These amazing plants survive in challenging conditions, where no others can. Their ecosystem supports an incredible diversity of creatures. Many are unique to the forests. Mangroves are vitally important to Moreton Bay's marine diversity and the well-being of our planet, capturing even more carbon than terrestrial trees.
The Two Mangrove Walks
On arrival at the island jetty our volunteers will greet you with your illustrated guides to two easy walks in the mangrove forest. Your ticket also lets you ride for free on the shuttle bus during the day. It runs between the jetty, barge ramp, hall and both mangrove walks.
Walk #1 starts on Morwong Beach and proceeds through rocky outcrops to the island's North-West Point. This walk can only be taken in the morning while the tide's low. Most of Moreton Bay's mangrove species can be seen on either walk.
Walk #2 leaves the Community Hall and leads via a sea lagoon to pioneer farmer Doug Morton's jetty, deep within the mangroves. This walk can be taken any time throughout the day.
Both walks take about 30 minutes. you'll need closed in shoes that don't mind a little mud. Wear a hat and carry drinking water.
9am - 3.30pm
'Vision through Mangroves' revisits Coochiemudlo artist Narelle Renn's very successful 2015 art exhibition. With the assistance of Narelle and owners of her art, we have recreated and added to the works on display.
1.30pm - 2.30pm
'A Quandamooka Cultural Experience' is an immersive sharing of traditional Quandamooka stories and knowledge presented by their Indigenous Culture Manager, Matthew Burns.
Community Hall Events
Entry to 'Vision through Mangroves' and the 'Quandamooka Cultural Experience' (to be held outside) is included in the cost of your ticket.
11am - 12pm
2021 Mangrove Festival Launch, Address & Q&A.
Because the Community Hall's capacity is restricted, seats can only be offered until the limit is reached. Seats are still available but if you want to attend, book your festival tickets asap!
The inaugural Coochiemudlo Island Mangrove Festival will be launched by Emeritus Professor John Pearn, who's been writing and publishing books on the island's heritage for nearly 30 years.
Our guest speaker Dr Norm Duke, a mangrove ecologist for more than 40 years, will then deliver the inaugural Festival address.
Norm will then be joined by ecologists and Coochiemudlo Island residents, Dr Mark Pillsworth and Ms Toni Cannard, for a Q&A session with the audience.
Heritage, Art, Boats and Food!
There are many heritage sites within easy walking distance of the jetty. You can see traces of many millennia of Indigenous connection with Coochiemudlo in the red ochre cliffs on the south-west that give the island its name (Kutchi means red earth and Mudlo means stone in the language of the Coobenpil people) and in shell middens and a scarred tree at Morwong Beach.
You can walk around the island’s heritage listed Emerald Fringe, an esplanade reserve that has its origins in Directions issued by the Queensland Surveyor General in 1878. On the way, you can stop at Matthew Flinders’ landing site on Norfolk Beach and Pioneer farmer, Doug Morton’s steps and jetty (picture above) on the Western side. The Community Hall is also on the local heritage register.
Artisans' Gallery and Alley
This delightful gallery, behind the Curlew Café, is holding a special exhibition of art inspired by mangroves from 10am-2pm. Free entry.
The island's talented artisans will also be selling art and craft in the Alley next to the Curlew Café from 10am-2pm. Free entry.
Mangroves By Boat
Coochie Boat Hire is running excursions from the Barge Ramp to the volcanic red cliffs, then along the mangroves 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, cash or card.
Food and coffee can be bought from the Curlew Café or Oasis on Coochiemudlo. You'll get a location map when you arrive. The Island's Men's Shed will be holding an all day sausage sizzle outdoors at the Community Hall. Bringing your own food? There are picnic tables and barbecues at all beaches.
Getting to Coochiemudlo
It's a 10 minute trip on the passenger ferry from Victoria Point Jetty, departing on the hour and half-hour. A vehicle barge leaves next to the jetty. Regular buses run from Carindale and Cleveland station.
Tickets and Conditions
Coochiemudlo is a small, fragile island and we have to protect the mangroves from excessive foot traffic. As well, our Community Hall and art galleries cannot accommodate large numbers. So we are issuing a maximum of 200 tickets for the Festival.
A single ticket is $10. The family ticket is $20. The family ticket is for school age children and their parent/s. Younger children free.
You can cancel your ticket, for a full refund, until 9am on Friday 30th July 2021. If the Festival's postponed, your ticket will remain valid, or you can get a full refund if the new event date doesn't suit.
Tickets must be pre-purchased here on the website. You can change the quantity of tickets you want to buy when the form opens.
The Coochiemudlo Island Mangrove Festival is proudly sponsored by Redland City Council