Tour Locations | Escape to Coochiemudlo Island
LOCATION 2 | Escape to Coochiemudlo Island
Continue walking straight along this path.
The name 'Coochiemudlo' is actually made up of two Aboriginal words. There are three Aboriginal groups in this area: the Quandamooka, the Turrbal and the Yuggera. But the Quandamooka are the main clan group, and in 2011 they were given land titleso they're actually the custodians of public land in Moreton Bay.
'Coochie' means red and 'Mudlo' means stone or rock. The spine of the island is a soft, red rock that the Aboriginal people used for ochre body decorations.
According to Aboriginal understanding, the red spine was the blood of a dolphin speared by a sparrow hawk, who borrowed the spear from a monitor lizard known as a goanna.
We still see sparrow hawks and dolphins. But the goanna sadly became extinct because when cane toad were imported to the island in the 1970s, the goanna ate them and were poisoned.
The non-Aboriginal explanation is that these red spines of compressed rock were actually the sides of river valleys. The sea level used to be about 30 metres lower than it is now, and the coastline was at least 30 kilometres further east. As sea levels rose, sand was deposited on the sides of those valleys. Where we are standing now is actually sand, but we'll see red rock and soil as we go around the island.
Keep following the path, past shelters and beachside public barbecues.