Seeking a day trip with a difference? The Coochie Music Festival might be what you’re looking for…

An all-ages event on beautiful Coochiemudlo Island in Southern Moreton Bay, the Coochie Music Festival combines the appeal of a day trip with the family with the allure of a quality live music festival.

You’ll enjoy a ferry or barge ride from Victoria Point (Redland City) to Coochiemudlo Island for a full day of music, activities for kids, food and market stalls, heritage-listed wetlands and beautiful sandy beaches.

(Despite the name, there’s actually very little ‘mud’ on Coochiemudlo Island — ‘Coochiemudlo’ is just an anglicised version of the Jagera words ‘kutchi’ (red) and ‘mudlo’ (stone), which refer to the large red rock that makes the island easily recognisable from the mainland. The more you know, right?)

The festival’s bill includes the legendary Ed Kuepper (best known as a founding member of The Saints), R&B and reggae act The Basement Hustle, tribal blues trio The Twine, blues rockers Bare White Knuckles, Brissie singer-songwriter Andy McDonell, folk duo Swampfish, and local Coochie collective Island Time. Two stages will be running all day.

If you’re looking to see a more traditional form of wildlife, Coochie is something of a haven for bird lovers — keep your eyes peeled for sea eagles, brahmani kites, magpies, rosellas, butcher birds, pheasants and stone curlews. If the beach is more your thing, the waters around Coochiemudlo abound in dugongs, turtles and dolphins.

The Coochie Music Festival is on this Saturday 13 September from 10am to 6pm. Kids under 18 get in free with paying adults, and your entry ticket includes free ferry travel home. Ferries leave Victoria Point on the hour and half-past, and leave Coochie on the quarter-past and quarter-to the hour. Extra ferries will be running on the day to meet demand.

For more info, visit our event guide.