Coochiemudlo Island – Blunder and Ambiguity

Coochiemudlo island beach

“Mum, why do you have mud on your hat?”

I didn’t reply but attempted a withering look at my adult son. Given the circumstances, it was surprising there were  any surfaces on me not covered in mud.  I couldn’t understand how my cheeky offspring had remained spotless, especially as he was such a mud magnet as a child.

I would like to blame the ambiguity of the English language but ultimately it was my fault for not thoroughly researching the destination.  Admitting my guilt won’t stop me complaining about confusing aspects of my native tongue though.

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly, I think any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.”

I used to be very protective about the English language. Reading and writing came easily to me.  Later, when tutoring dyslexic students and watching immigrants struggle with its rules, I was forced to recognise the many inconsistencies and adopt a more humble approach.

I’ve lived in Queensland most of my life so I should understand regional context, but a misunderstanding arising from the use of the word “around” transformed what was meant to be an idyllic walk into something much more memorable.

The adventure began with a phone call from the Strummer. My second adult child is a self-taught musician, drone master and public transport guru. Until he rang me, I was unaware he had recently added hiking to his interests. My other two children, Tough Cookie and the Professor, have featured in a few hikes but until this trip the Strummer had evaded capture. I did write about him in An Outback Survival Tale though if you’d like more background.  One of his early desires was to bungee jump out of a plane and we predicted that if he survived childhood, he’d either become a famous adventurer or criminal due to his Houdini-like escape talents.

After the initial shock that my son wanted to go on an adventure alone with me, we made plans to complete a 5km walk around Coochiemudlo Island which is accessible by a short ferry ride from Victoria Point in Moreton Bay, near Brisbane.

Coochiemudlo Island

Now here in Australia and other countries, “around” has a variety of meanings. One online dictionary gives it sixteen adverbial meanings and seven prepositional meanings, as well as different uses in idioms and slang. Unfortunately, in this case I made the assumption that when other walkers said it was “only a gentle, relaxed 5km walk around Coochiemudlo Island” they meant encircling the island by beach walking.

It’s true that when we say “let’s go for a walk around town” we don’t mean encircle the town but to explore it in various directions along the streets. However, the combination of the words, “around,” “island,” and a numerical distance led me to believe we could circumnavigate Coochiemudlo.   I’d also visited the island briefly a few years before and enjoyed its gently sloping sandy beaches and calm sheltered waters. Nobody mentioned mangroves.

The morning was pleasantly gloomy.  Being sun-sensitive I’m always a little relieved when thick clouds offer protection from our harsh cancer-causing Queensland rays.

Coochiemudlo Island ferry terminal

Coochiemudlo Island ferry

The ferry was almost empty. If a freak wave hit us we’d have a pile of life jackets to choose from. This was a relieving thought also. With all that relief going on, the adventure was off to a promising start.

Coochiemudlo ferry

After arriving on the beach we had to choose which direction to walk around the island. Since I was keen to view the rich red ochre cliffs for the first time, we turned left to attempt a clockwise approach.

The name Coochiemudlo is derived from the name given to the island by the Traditional Owners, the Quandamooka.  “Kutchi Mudlo” (or “Goochie Mudlo”) means “red earth” and “rock” or “stone.”

Coochiemudlo island red ochre

Coochiemudlo island red rocks

Coochiemudlo island red rock beach

It wasn’t long before I began to doubt this whole around plan. Waves lapped the edges of slippery red ochre clay banks. How far could we go? With the Strummer moving at a cracking pace ahead of me, I didn’t have time to voice my doubts and nervously picked my way along the path, hoping I wouldn’t discover my son’s skull smashed to pieces around the next bend.

Coochiemudlo island red ochre

It was the first time I’d ever come across such large areas of vibrant red ochre. The sea water was muddied where it lapped the shore and I wondered how many years the red cliffs would last given how quickly they appeared to be eroding.

Coochiemudlo island erosion

Coochiemudlo island red rocks

coochiemudlo island red ochre

A colourful crab interrupted my thoughts of gaping wounds and disappearing land.

Coochiemudlo island crab

Coochiemudlo island coral

After navigating Red Rock Beach without incident, we came to a stretch of sandy shore and I was once again enthusiastic about our attempt.

Coochiemudlo island red rocks beach

Coochiemudlo island dead tree

Coochiemudlo island

This was short-lived as around the next bend we were faced with mangroves. Mangroves were never part of the plan.

Coochiemudlo island mangroves

Coochiemudlo mangroves

My thrill-seeking offspring was still keen though.

“Where’s your sense of adventure, Mum?”

We entered the dark mangroves which looked like a promising set for a psychological thriller. At any time I expected to come face to face with a mud-soaked, bloated body entangled in branches. It’s quite possible I’ve been watching far too many crime series lately. I tried not to think about snakes.

Coochiemudlo mangroves

Coochiemudlo island mangroves

The cloud of mosquitoes was impossible to ignore though. We’d sprayed our exposed legs with mosquito repellent in the carpark before taking the ferry but I’d left the bottle in the car because it leaked easily and I was trying to reduce the weight in my pack. Now, thousands of blood suckers honed in on our arms, necks and faces. My son has already contracted Barmah Forest Virus and I’d had Ross River Fever three times from mosquitoes so it wasn’t just the threat of blood loss that had us waving madly.

Coochiemudlo island

The barely existent path soon disappeared and life became soggy. This concerned me for a few reasons, one being that my son was wearing brand new expensive footwear. Due to him having the world’s weirdest shaped feet, his shoe purchases rival my house mortgage.

I don’t have much more to say about mangroves. While they improve water quality, prevent coastline erosion and provide a unique and valuable habitat for wildlife,  as a walking destination mangroves leave a lot to be desired unless you are much better prepared than we were.

Coochiemudlo island mangrove flowers

We persevered a little longer until even my son expressed doubts. After backtracking, we caught sight of the golf course again, where we risked flying balls and irate players to escape the marauding mangrove mozzies.

Upon climbing a steep flight of stairs we arrived at a vehicle road and a sign which said Coochiemudlo Walking Track.

Coochiemudlo island steps

We learned that a large part of the relaxing 5km walk around Coochiemudlo involves roads and not beaches.  Stinky, sticky and itchy from our muddy adventure, I was relieved to be on solid ground; however, by now most of the thick cloud cover had disappeared and we were treated to the fierce midday sun shimmering off tar road.

There was little wildlife in view. Creatures are far too sensible to be active on a hot, humid, breezeless Queensland day.

Native bees were feeling the rising heat at this roadside box.

Coochiemudlo island native bees

An information board showed us Morton’s Steps and the remains of old jetties.  We ventured down hoping to find a scenic shaded path among the trees but were greeted again with more mangroves so returned to the road.  In fact, mangroves make up about one third of the shoreline of Coochiemudlo Island.

Coochiemudlo island morton steps

Here’s a very rough map I’ve created to show the mangrove portion of the shorefront.

Coochiemudlo Island map mangroves

And here’s the information map provided on a sign on the island.

Coochiemudlo island map

Eventually, we arrived at shaded paths taking us through other types of vegetation along the beachfront.

Coochiemudlo island path

Coochiemudlo island trees

Coochiemudlo island cicada shell

It’s a shame the mangrove incident had sapped some of our energy as the sandy beaches are beautiful and offer  historical points of interest as well as interesting Indigenous cultural remains such as stone fish traps, scarred trees, and shell middens. If we’d brought towels and swimwear we could have cooled down as well.

Coochiemudlo island beach walking

Coochiemudlo island boat

Coochiemudlo island

Coochiemudlo island scarred trees

Coochiemudlo island scarred tree

Coochiemudlo island Flinders Sign

Like many  Australian coastal destinations, Coochiemudlo’s European history has involved changing land use – clearing for timber, attempts at farming, wartime training, and tourism.  Some animal and plant species (such as the koala population) no longer survive on the island, and problems exist with domestic pets as well as introduced invasive plant species. However, the close-knit island community (of around seven hundred) actively participates in environmental improvement projects. The friendliness and relaxed attitude of residents are often applauded by visitors.

Coochiemudlo island soldier crabs

Coochiemudlo island lizard

So far, sleepy Coochiemudlo has escaped  commercialisation that has transformed other island destinations into bustling tourist centres.  There are only two cafes (both of which were closed on our visit) and no other shopping facilities or schools. Residents take a short ferry ride to the mainland to purchase major supplies. During holiday season, bikes, kayaks and other water craft may be hired to explore the island. On both visits, I felt like I was stepping back into the past to a simpler, quieter time.

Coochiemudlo Island

While I’ve complained about the mangrove detour,  I enjoyed spending rare quality time with my son and it’s amusing to look back fondly on these kind of blunders. Sharing this experience with the Strummer brought back memories of his adventurous childhood antics and I had to laugh at the sense of déjà vu the walk afforded me. Parenting the Strummer child was never boring!  A couple of days later we enjoyed a follow-up walk at Karawatha Forest Park and made another unexpected detour. But that’s another story…

Coochiemudlo island walking

58 thoughts on “Coochiemudlo Island – Blunder and Ambiguity

  1. I love reading your hiking (mis)adventures! Lol. You are quite brave walking amongst the mangroves, I think I’ve watched too much Malcom Douglas (bless his soul) and his scary mangrove crocodile and mud worm documentaries over the years.

    • Hi Anna,
      Haha…I’m not sure you should call me brave. I think I just didn’t want to disappoint my son who seemed very enthusiastic for some adventure! Also, he didn’t actually give me much time to disagree. It’s quite possible he has also inherited a “slightly” extreme nature from me… Usually my daughter counteracts this nature with her very sensible attitude. My son just fuels the exploratory fire. Just imagine how much trouble we could get ourselves into if we walked together on a regular basis. Ah yes, Malcolm Douglas. It’s been a long time since I’ve thought of him. Fortunately, there shouldn’t be crocodiles this far south but with the recent cyclone and flooding who knows… Thanks for reading and commenting. Best wishes. 🙂

    • Hi Marina,
      Thanks very much. Although I complained a lot about the mangroves, we spent a lot of time laughing (and sweating) on that little walk. I’ve recently started an online course to give me more qualifications to teach English to foreign students so the difficulties faced by learners were on my mind as I wrote about our adventure. I don’t get time to post much on my blog these days but when I do it’s very encouraging to receive such kind words. Best wishes. 🙂

  2. Quite an adventure on a 5K walk! I’ve never come into contact with mangroves and now I’m quite content with that. That mud would not have been fun for me either, but those beaches…!

    • Hi Terry,
      Since I rarely get the chance to spend time with my son, I’d wanted the walk to be relaxing so we could catch up on news, however the 5km felt more like 10km with the inclusion of the mangroves and our conversation topics were slightly different to what I’d planned! Heheh. However, it was certainly an adventure we will enjoy sharing laughs about in the future. Other than the mangroves, the rest of the walk was extremely relaxing and a visual delight. The sandy beaches are indeed lovely. Mangroves are common in Queensland and I hadn’t thought about the fact that some of my readers have never experienced them. Perhaps I should have included references to crocodiles to spice it up a little more! Haha. Thanks for reading and commenting again. Best wishes. 🙂

    • Hi Susan,
      It was certainly an action-packed walk. Apart from the mangroves, it was really most enjoyable and I hope to return in the cooler months. I may even be able to persuade my son to go with me again. He had suggested we try kayaking around the island instead but I’m a little nervous about sharks and my swimming skills are lacking. Hiring a tandem bike would be another idea. The tall trees were a welcome change after the mangrove incident and the variation in their trunk patterns was interesting. Thank you for your kind words and continued support of my sporadic blog posting. Best wishes. 🙂

  3. GAH!! I’d have been thinking SNAKE through the entire mangrove!! You and Strummer are gutsy and courageous! Again, I was laughing so hard that Forrest, asked what the heck was so funny back here in the computer room. “Jane” is all I had to say. He’s used to hearing me crack up each time I’m reading one of your adventures.
    Your photographs are stunning, as usual. I always love the “blunders” of your hikes. The photos bring about the reality of the snares and snaggles of the journey. Jane, you are my favorite storyteller of all time! 😀

    • Hi Lori,
      My son may be courageous but I doubt I would have ventured into the mangroves if he wasn’t there! I didn’t want to tarnish my (pretend) tough mother image in front of him. Haha.
      You make me blush when you write such encouraging words about my writing. You’re always so caring and supportive of other people. I really don’t feel like I deserve such high praise. Thank you very much though. I really do appreciate it.
      I’ve never felt like I was a particularly funny person. I’ve always wanted to be though and admired those who could make others laugh. In person, I am probably a bit too serious but with a few friends and family I sometimes manage to act a little ridiculous. I’m pleased that something about my words tickles your fancy. It warms my heart that I’ve managed to give you a smile. I think we probably share a similar sense of humour. Sadly, I can’t see a time in the near future when I would be able to visit the US but I live in hope that one day you and I will share a few laughs in person. I’d love that.
      Best wishes. 🙂

      • Oh, I am hopeful I will be able to come your way someday. I am just sure it will happen!
        Don’t you ever doubt your ability to be funny. I’m telling you seriously that every time I see you’ve published a post I cannot wait to read it – just so I can have a good laugh! You are hilarious, just by being honest about some of the situations you’ve gotten into on these walks. The things you write are often the very thoughts I would have if I were in such a predicament. And your photographs cinch it for me… I can “feel” your peril! So keep writing about those exciting adventures! You rock, my friend!! 😀

  4. You said “when tutoring students with dyslexia,” but I thought you said. “when torturing students…”. Maybe I should have been in one of your classes? Coochie is awesome – full marks to you both for trying to get through the Mangroves and mozzies 🙂

    • Hi Neil,
      Haha…it probably did feel more like torture to them actually! Your comment alerted me to a slight ambiguity in my sentence (how appropriate) and I have now corrected it to “when tutoring dyslexic students” rather than “when tutoring students with dyslexia.” One of my students was actually my daughter and she may well say you were channelling her thoughts about our lessons when you misread it as torturing! Speaking of ambiguity, I was using the term “Coochie” during my blog post until my daughter alerted me to its slang meaning in some cultures so I reverted back to its full name. Apparently I may have been the target of a lot of “interesting” spam! Yes, Coochie is wonderful. It’s such a relaxing place. I hope it stays that way. Thanks, Neil. Best wishes. 🙂

  5. Top story & story-teller. Thank you. We also visited Coochie 2 months ago. Not wishing to go “around” at high tide, we lay alone on Norfolk Beach, and picnicked and swam. The ambience enveloped us in cocoon gentleness. Why leave, we thought. Though regretfully we did.

    • Hi Tony,
      Ahhh…your visit reminds me of my first trip to Coochiemudlo. I really love the atmosphere over there. It feels like you’re going back to a simpler pre-computer screen time. There is no sense of rush is there? I’ve even considered living on the island. I’m not sure they have reliable Internet though which would affect my work opportunities. Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts. Best wishes. 🙂

    • Hi Tom,
      My first visit to Coochiemudlo a few years ago involved a great deal of sleeping in the shade on a pretty beach, being cooled by a gentle breeze. The second visit was far different. I would certainly not recommend the mangrove option. The later part of the walk was indeed delightful though and I’m sure I’ll return with a picnic basket and book as the weather cools down. Thank you for reading and commenting on my sporadic blog posts. Best wishes. 🙂

      • I look forward to your posts a lot. Not only do they have excellent and interesting photographs but you write very well too so they are always a pleasure to read.

        • Thank you, Tom. You are too kind. I will endeavour to write more frequently. I spent a week walking along the shores of Bribie Island last December and I would like to share the attractive scenery and small discoveries with you. There is also the solo trip to Spicer’s Gap I attempted many months back. It almost ended in disaster due to strong winds. If I can remember the details I will try to share it as well. I’ve undertaken an online course to help me gain more employment but it is rather slow-going. My memory is not as sharp as it was when I was a twenty year old student. Writing a blog post is far more enjoyable. 🙂

            • I didn’t think you were nagging me at all, Tom. 🙂 Your words just encouraged me to write another blog post sooner than later. I need a happy distraction/break from the course. The online delivery is quite flexible. I just have to get it done in 6 months. It’s reminded me though of how much I prefer writing blog stories to being a student and struggling with learning lots of facts. 🙂

  6. I think I’ve watched too many movies involving mangroves as the thought of your hike ‘around’ the island made me think of snakes, crocodiles and slimy eels (or eel-type creatures).
    Well done for completing it though.
    The mozzies sound hellish.
    The rest of the walk sounds wonderful though.

    • Hi Vicki,
      In recent months I’ve binged on crime series such as Hinterland, Wallander, Vera, Silent Witness etc. I don’t think they are helping my solo walking career! Haha. I was reading a list of native reptile species on Coochiemudlo Island while writing about this trip and felt relieved that there only seemed to be one snake species and it wasn’t venomous. Then I came across a recent news article about a woman who was bitten by a snake on the island so I’m not sure now. Does anyone really know what lives there (insert creepy music). Of course, there are also sea snakes that don’t stay in one place! Believe it or not, I am slightly (the stress is on slightly) tempted to try the mangroves again one day just to look for strange wildlife but I don’t think I’ll be watching any creepy shows leading up to it if I do! The lure of quiet beaches will definitely draw me back soon though. It’s the sort of destination I hesitated to share on my blog as I don’t want developers or crowds of tourists to discover it. Thanks for reading and commenting. It’s always lovely to hear from you. I hope your health is the best it can be at the moment. I noticed the snow has arrived south. It’s hard to believe when my maximums here are still around 27C. Best wishes. 🙂

  7. HI Jane.
    I enjoyed the walk around very much. Never forget the repellent again leaky or otherwise. Ok I did laugh at the mozzies and mangroves. Nice crab photo plus the rest.
    bb x

    • Hi Brian,
      I’m pleased you enjoyed my walk AROUND. Haha. Thank you. I’ve made the mistake of leaving repellent in the car on a number of occasions and always regretted it. It seems the times I leave it behind turn out to be when I need it the most! Ross River Fever really hit me hard some years back and exacerbated an underlying auto-immune disease. I think watching the clouds of mozzies around my son’s upper body on this walk didn’t help my anxiety level. I felt responsible. Other than the mangroves, mud and mozzies, the walk was fun! I’m pleased my encounter gave you a smile, Brian. Your Twitter feed and blog do that to me. I hope the air bnb is going well. If you are ever up this way in non-school holiday time, Coochiemudlo Island has some cheapish holiday homes. There is a barge that can take your car across. Stock up on supplies though as you can’t really buy them on the island. It’s such a relaxing place as long as you avoid the mangroves. Thanks for your support as always. Best wishes. x

  8. Hey Jane, great to have you back again. Coochiemudlo Island was off my radar until I read your post, now I’ve got another spot that I’ll have to check out one day, at the rate I’m finding new places to check out I’ll have to live until I’m 110 though;) Mozzies and mangrove are not really my favourite environment, but the beaches look really nice. Glad you had some quality time with Strummer, you’re lucky to be able to share something you love with your children, it must be great for you to get away into the bush with them with no distractions. Cheers Kevin

    • Hi Kevin,
      If you want a very quiet beach spot to relax away from busy tourist areas, then Coochiemudlo is lovely. It is especially suited to families of small children as most beaches are gently sloping and protected. You can take a car over on the barge or just yourself and a backpack on the ferry (which runs about every 1/2 hour.) Sometimes bikes and other equipment can be hired. Nearby Stradbroke Island is probably more to your tastes though as there are surf beaches and more eateries. Woorim on Bribie island is also a great spot. I’ll be writing a post about it eventually.
      Yes, it’s always a treat to spend time with my adult children. They lead very busy lives now and it’s hard to match up our timetables. I’m thankful for whatever time I have left with them.
      Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you and Sam are enjoying the cooler temperatures. Here, the maximums are still around 27C. Best wishes.

  9. You do embark on some memorable adventures, Jane, and it’s great fun to read of them. I’ve been to several islands down there, of which the most memorable include Rottnest and Kangaroo. Love your opening photo!

    • Thank you very much. I used to live in Hervey Bay which is the gateway to Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world I believe. I’ve been over there on a number of occasions but never to hike. I’d love to try a long walk there. I also lived at Yeppoon which is near Great Keppel Island – another beautiful spot. Last year I went to wonderful Phillip Island for the first time (I wrote a blog post about it of course) and shortly after spent a week walking on Bribie Island which I will write about eventually. I’m a huge fan of islands which I think arises from my childhood fantasy to run away and live on a deserted island. I think I was heavily influenced by the novel, The Swiss Family Robinson, at the time. I would dearly like to spend a few months living in a lighthouse on a remote island. Apparently there are a few volunteer options available near Tasmania. I’ve never been to Kangaroo or Rottnest but would love to one day. You would think I probably enjoy swimming given my love of islands, but sadly I have no skill in that department at all! Best wishes. 🙂

    • Thanks for the enthusiastic response, Curt. You are too kind. I love that you love it. Coochiemudlo is a wonderful destination and easily accessed. It’s only 1km from the mainland. Best wishes. 🙂

  10. Lovely that your musical son wanted to intrepidly adventure with mum. What an amazing adventure, Jane, but don’t you feel stupid when you find the walking track long after you have pioneered your own track at great effort.

    • Hi Ashley,
      I was quite surprised when my son rang up to suggest a walk as he doesn’t have much spare time. He works, does part-time studies , helps out various groups and has a large number of friends so I was thankful to be able to walk with him. He’s quite brave about travelling and has been overseas to do humanitarian activities in places I’d be nervous about going.
      Haha, yes it is a little embarrassing when you find the real walking track after “risking life and limb”!! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. It’s lovely to hear from. I hope you had a peaceful Easter weekend. Best wishes. 🙂

      • Thanks Jane, it is special when your adult children take time out with mum or dad. Yes we had a lovely time away with my brother in Forster. Have a wonderful week😊

  11. I was so pleased to see a post from you the other day. I’m afraid it has taken me some time to get round to commenting on it. I enjoy spending precious time with my daughters so can completely understand your pleasure in a days walking with your son! I am always amazed at the amount of risks you face when walking in Australia – I live in such a safe place in comparison! I was amused by your comments on golfers, though. Their behaviour seems to be the same the world over! Coochiemudlo Island looks a beautiful place to be – the beaches and tree-shaded walks especially. I loved your photos – you always manage to spot the most interesting things! I hope your health is okay at present and your studying is going well.
    Best wishes,
    Clare xx

    • Hi Clare,
      You shouldn’t be apologising for any delay. I am always delighted to hear from you whenever you have the time. I’ve had to curtail my blog reading this year even though I miss catching up with everyone. I had to be strict with myself in order to start a new course and to spend time with family plans and house maintenance (termites have invaded part of the house.) I’ve not visited people’s blogs but really hope all my friends are well.
      I love bushwalking here but you are right that there are a few risks. It’s the small things such as venomous snakes, spiders and mosquitoes that are the big concern for me. And of course, there is the risk of dehydration in hot conditions here. Other countries have large predators such as bears. I’m pretty scared of those. After reading blogs about walking on the Scottish Munros I think there are plenty of challenging conditions over there – snow, gale force winds, rocky steep climbs. I’m not sure I’d be tough enough for those extremes! 🙂 If I am able to visit my son in the UK when he works there, I am really looking forward to the absence of highly venomous snakes and spiders. I’ll be able to enjoy the scenery more I hope because I’m not having to be so careful of what I am standing on. There are so many lovely places I’d like to walk in your part of the world.
      Yes, it is nice to still be able to spend some time with my adult children. At present we all live in the same region but that will change in the next 1-2 years so I am appreciating it while I can.
      Thank you as always for your caring and encouraging words, Clare. I do hope you are also feeling well and finding time for yourself to relax among your many duties to others. Best wishes. xx

      • Thank-you so much for your kind reply. Yes, I am well at the moment – feeling much better than I have for over a year. I have given up taking a prescribed drug that was causing me to have so many unpleasant side effects. I hope you can get rid of those termites – how awful to have those in your home!
        Clare xx

        • I’m so glad you’re feeling better, Clare. That’s the problem with prescribed drugs. Sometimes the side effects can feel worse than the condition. It’s tricky getting some sort of balance and can take a lot of trial and error. Sometimes as you’ve found, you have to discontinue it.
          I think I’ve found the main termite nest. Even though the house is on concrete stumps it is built on a slope and the verandah floor is level with a paved area in the back garden. The termites were able to enter via a bridge of accumulated mud and leaves washed down between the slight gap during heavy rains. I haven’t been able to find live termites again so I hope that it’s over now. I still need to get the affected areas replaced but at least the critters didn’t make it to my daughter’s bedroom. We were lucky. The termites have been very active this summer due to heavy rain and warm conditions. I like seeing them on my walks, but not so much in my house. Hehe. Thanks, Clare. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  12. Hey Jane. Enjoyed this, your posts are always a treat. I like how you managed to get such interesting pics of the mangroves even while contemplating the prospect of being lost forever. You always get such a terrific range of images.

    I have really fond memories of this island, having been there on Sunday School trips as a kid, and Allana and I stayed there after getting married twenty years ago this month – we told everyone we were going overseas, and indeed we did, well a little bit anyway. I spent quite a few hours sitting deep in those mangroves with a camera and binoculars. In fact, I once fell asleep perched in a mangrove tree for ages (plenty of clothing cover though).

    Thanks for keeping your blog going, it’s a lot of fun for your readers, even if the source of stories was another epic lost adventure!


    • Hi Rob,
      Thanks for the kind comments about my photos. You’re always very encouraging to everyone and I hope they appreciate it. I know that I do, especially as I am such a newbie photographer who has a lot to learn. I don’t understand the technical aspects (and may never do so) but taking photographs is certainly a very therapeutic hobby for me and made more enjoyable by the ability to share my small discoveries with readers of my blog. I could never compete with your gorgeous professional and artistic shots. Thanks for sharing your superb images.
      Thanks also for sharing your fond memories of Coochiemudlo as well. You must know the island inside and out! If you ever go over there again for a mangrove expedition let me know as it would be nice to capture some wildlife shots. I would go better prepared next time!
      How special (and not surprising really) that you and Allana stayed there after your wedding. I’ve often thought it would be a wonderful place for a couple to escape for romantic beach walks at sunrise/sunset and a chance to relax away from the busy tourist spots. Perfect really. Did Allana enjoy the mangroves too?? 🙂
      Haha…yes, my wanders often involve a detour or two. I guess my header description “directionally-challenged hiking hermit” is apt. I got a little lost at Spicer’s Gap last year due to a rock slide from a storm hiding part of the path. That was a little scary actually. I tried to grab a snake accidentally. A great spot though. I do have the occasional walk where I don’t get lost but they aren’t as much fun to write about. Thank goodness for blunders!
      Best wishes. 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Marylou. It was definitely a memorable hike. I love that little island. I don’t love the mosquitoes though. 🙂 I look forward to returning one day. I hope you are well and enjoying life. Best wishes. 🙂

  13. Thanks for the tour around Coochiemudlo, Jane. It’s quite a pretty island. I really enjoyed seeing the red rock beach. Being such a distinctive landmark, it’s easy to see why the island’s named after it. On the topic of being covered in mud… people pay hundreds of dollars to be professionally smeared in mud for its therapeutic value. Sound like Coochiemudlo gave you a wonderful blessing of its own – and it was wild and free 🙂

    • Hi Gail,
      Yes, Coochiemudlo is a very pretty island and the red cliffs seemed quite unusual to me. I’m used to seeing such red rock out west, not on a beach! They were extremely slippery so we had to take care. I am wondering now how much more beach is exposed at low tide. After complaining about the mangroves, I would actually like to go back and explore them more but this time with proper boots and mosquito protection. I even discussed returning in mid-winter with my son. It’s really a lovely little island and so quiet and peaceful on weekdays and in non-holiday season. I’d recommend a visit. You could take your bike over on the ferry. Thanks for reading and commenting, Gail. I apologise for my absence on your blog and those of other friends. I hope you are well and still finding time for lots of cycling. Blessings to you. 🙂

      • Island hopping by ferry with my bike would be fun. Mid-winter would be lovely for a return trip Jane. Mid-week even better. No apology needed. I’m so happy to see you’re still adventuring, writing and sharing your stories. Thanks. And blessings to you for many more. 🙂

        • If you do make a trip and would like some company on the ferry, let me know. If it is the right time of the year, I could possibly hire a bike on the island as well and join you. My racing bike is too painful for me to ride these days and I have yet to buy a more upright bike. Best wishes. 🙂

  14. Hi Jane, It is a pleasure to read one of your posts again. I am glad you got to share this adventure with your son. I agree – tarmac roads do not make for ideal walking conditions. A shady walk along a footpath or track is much more to my liking.

    • Hi Margaret,
      Thanks very much for reading and for your lovely words. It was certainly a memorable walk with my son and a few days later we had an excursion at Karawatha Forest which involved going off track again. I’m not a fan of walking on bitumen roads. My feet get sore quickly and they can get very hot up here in summer. I remember walking on a very hot day once and the tar surface got sticky after melting. I had some stuck in my tread at the end of the walk. I’m very sun sensitive and can get burnt easily from reflected light. Coochiemudlo is a lovely destination for people who want to avoid the more touristy areas such as the Gold Coast. I hope you are well and not freezing down south. I notoced the chilly weather recently. It has been a long summer though. Best wishes. 🙂

  15. I LOVED my visit to Coochiemudlo (I’ve just blogged about it) and I agree it was like going back in time whilst being there, everything seemed a lot simpler and very peaceful there, I loved it!

    • Hi Amy! I’m so glad you enjoyed Coochiemudlo as much I did. It really is a special place and as you say feels like you are going back in time. I am looking forward to going back there again soon. Thanks very much for reading my blog post and taking the time to comment. I will pop over later and read your blog post when I have a faster Internet connection. Best wishes! 🙂

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