To our great disappointment the Mangrove Festival had to be called off this morning following the Queensland Government's lockdown directive. The Society will be making arrangements for refunds to be processed on Monday. The raffle was drawn and winners will be contacted asap to arrange the distribution of prizes.
The winners are:
1. Roxanne BlueB010, 2. Helen BlueB049, 3. Nicky 94F♦
4. Liz, Ben, Rosie BlueB031, Alyson 50F♦
Saturday July 31st 2021
Come to Coochiemudlo in sparkling July and join us in celebrating the mangroves of Moreton Bay. Mangrove forests are places of nuture and safety for hatchling fish, and prawns too. They protect shorelines against erosion from rising sea levels, and capture the carbon that threatens our planet with rising temperatures.
These amazing plants survive in challenging conditions, where no others can. They've adapted in dramatic ways to 'breathe' in an airless world of silt and salt water. To do so they've taken on shapes that are strange and wonderful - distinctive forms that inspire artists to capture the magic of our island's mangrove forest.
The highlights of the day!
The Two Mangrove Walks
On arrival at the island jetty our volunteers will greet you with your island Mud Map and printed guides to two easy walks in the mangrove forest. A free minibus circulates 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.
'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.
Community Hall Events
11am - 12pm
2021 Mangrove Festival Launch, Address & Q&A.
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.
1.30pm - 2.30pm
'A Quandamooka Cultural Experience' is an immersive sharing of traditional Quandamooka stories and knowledge presented by Indigenous Culture Manager, Matthew Burns.
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.
Art and Craft à la Mangrove...
Local artists like Merrett Keech have been hard at work creating a great exhibition of mangrove-inspired art and crafts. It will be spread over two galleries and Artisan's Alley. They are all close to the jetty.
Mangroves by Boat
(not included in ticket)
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 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.
Bookings have now closed for the Mangrove Festival. You can still come to the Coochiemudlo Island jetty between 8.30 and 11.00am on Saturday morning and purchase tickets by card or cash. Please email us first so we can anticipate your arrival and send you an information package.
The Coochiemudlo Island Mangrove Festival is proudly sponsored by Redland City Council