You will love Coochiemudlo Island’s calm waters and four km’s of golden sandy beaches, which has earned her the reputation as an ideal family spot and a great place to unwind.

The Main Beach (Foreshore) near the Island’s Jetty and Barge Ramp is the hub for day visitors, with lifeguard present over weekends in season. For those looking for a secluded island stroll or a spot of fishing, visit Norfolk Beach (East Side) or Morwong Beach (North Side).

Well behaved dogs are welcome on the Ferry and Barge with leash-free beach areas to the West of the Barge / Boat Ramp. Check the signs however as during breeding season, wading birds need to be protected in this area.

Something that sets Coochiemudlo Island apart is the fact that the entire foreshore is public land reserved for recreation and conservation. The Heritage Society negotiated the local heritage listing of the high valued Emerald Fringe in 2019.

A new addition to the island is the Curlew Artisan Gallery, a collaboration between Curlew Cafe and Coochiemudlo Artisan Collective.  Visitors are treated with an eclectic collection of arts and crafts all made by local residents. You can browse the fine collection of unique paintings, jewellery, lamps, baskets, metalworks, candles or pick up a handmade card. At any time there are many different types of local artists and makers who display their work.

Places to Eat / Drink:

There are several free gas BBQ and picnic tables located around the Emerald Fringe so feel free to bring your own. You will also find food and drink options available at the following places:

The Melaleuca Wetlands are located to the east of the island is protected under a Ramsar Convention as it offers a small but important reserve for the island’s birds and other wildlife. With a well developed walking track leading adjacent to the coast, visitors are able to enjoy this unique habitat on their walk along the east side of the island. Strictly no dogs are allowed here. There is educational signage along the way explaining the environment.

Have your camera ready because you might see sea eagles or Brahminy kites hunting right at Main Beach, or dolphins breaching in the shallows with their young. Out on a boat, keep a look out for turtles and watch out for dugongs grazing on the seagrass beds. 

To learn more about Redlands Coast and Coochiemudlo Island in particular, visit these sites: