Coochiemudlo Island, Queensland
Redland City Council, Queensland
|Population||approx 700 (2006)|
|Location||33 km (21 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
|LGA(s)||Redland City Council|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Redlands|
|Federal Division(s)||Division of Bowman|
Coochiemudlo is an anglicised version of the local aboriginal words for "Red Rock". A natural cliff composed of iron-rich rock is exposed on the south western side of the island.
Sandy beaches wrap around the island's southern, eastern and northern sides. Mangroves cover the western foreshore of the island.
The island is serviced by a passenger ferry, operating approximately every half hour between about 5:00am and 11:00pm. A vehicular barge also operates regular services to and from the island. Due to the relatively small area, a car is not essential for getting around the island.
There are many types of wildlife present on the island. It is well known for its birdlife including sea eagles, brahmani kites, magpies, rosellas, butcher birds,pheasants and a large growing colony of stone curlews which are counted each year.
The waters around Coochiemudlo abound in dugongs, turtles and dolphins.
There is a very interesting walk through the Melalueca Wetland Reserve with a great variety of native plants and trees.
A small kiosk situated not far from the jetty serves refreshments.
According to the 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census, Coochiemudlo had 658 people who called it home. Over 43% were more than 54 years old. Of families 58.2% were couples without children. The most common responses for religious affiliation were "No Religion" at 24.2% which is well above the Australian average of 18.7%. 269 said that they were in the workforce and 60% were in full-time occupations while 28% were working part-time. Only 5% of the island's workforce said they were unemployed. The major areas of employment were Hospitals, Local Government Administration, Other Social Assistance Services, Residential Care Services and Building Completion Services. The median weekly household income was $616, compared with $1,027 in Australia.
The unspoilt sandy beaches of Coochiemudlo Island provide safe swimming for families.
Coochiemudlo's southern beach (main beach) is patrolled by the surf lifesaving association.. A 'Nippers' program is also available, and caters for both on-island, and off-island children. The surf lifesavers now have their very own hall including a first-aid room.
Other facilities include:
- a BMX track
- a cricket pitch and football oval
- a Bowls/Croquet lawn
- a 9 hole golf course
- 2 tennis courts
- a gym
- a library located underneath the Community Hall
There is on the island a large Community Hall with spectacular views of Moreton Bay and the mainland. The hall provides the community with a venue for many island activities and functions.
Also near the tennis courts and croquet green is a recreation hall. This hall is used for indoor bowls, art shows, meetings, and special events.
Coochie is a popular destination for sailors. As the island is surrounded on three sides by sandy beaches, there is always a sheltered beach regardless of the wind direction. Sailing craft range from sailboards, off-the-beach catamarans and dinghies to larger motor and sail yachts. A deep water anchorage and moorings are located to the south of the island near the jetty and boat ramp.
Housing styles on Coochiemudlo range from traditional 1950s fibro beach shacks, contemporary light weight beach houses, relocated Queenslanders (Queenslander (architecture)), and conventional suburban brick and tile.
- History of Coochiemudlo Island
- Moreton Bay: Queensland Places
- Coochiemudlo Island Pine Ridge Chapel columbarium
- Redland Council Open Space Plan