Matthew Flinders Day on Coochiemudlo Island

On 17 July 1799 Lt Matthew Flinders sailed the sloop Norfolk into Moreton Bay.  He touched down at Pumicestone Passage, Redcliffe and Coochiedmudlo Island.

This historical event is commemorated and celebrated on Coochiemudlo Island each year.  This year it will be held on Sunday, 17th July.

The day will be packed with activities for the whole family.   Whatever he’s doing and wherever he may be, Lt Flinders always takes time out to join us on the day and re-enact his arrival on what is now Norfolk Beach all those 212 years ago.

In addition, there will be a parade with local people in period costumes.  The well-known Coochie Markets will be on again for the occasion, complete with games and contests for kids.  Food and drinks will be available.  A canoe race will be held shortly after Flinders’ re-enactment of his landing.

And (that’s us) will also be there to record the events of the day.  If you feel like sharing your thoughts, photos and experiences for the day, drop by our stall and post them on

Flinders Day activities

8:00 Start Open
8:30-9:30- Jazz band plays
9:30 Assemble in Recreation Club grounds
9:45 Parade Commences
10:15 Parade arrives at Foreshore Park
10:20 Naval cadets raise colours in Foreshore Park
10:20 – 11:25 Ceremony, presentation of trophies and prizes to parade winners
11:25 Parade reassembles
11:30 Parade departs for Norfolk Beach
11:40 Flinders lands on Norfolk Beach
11:55 Flinders sighting reenacted
12:30 Start
1:30 Naval cadets lower colours
2:00 Close
4:00 Close


The Honorable Mayor of Redland City, Melva Hobson;  the Federal Member for Bowman, Andrew Laming MP; the State Member for Redlands, Peter Dowling, MP; and Cr John Burns, Councillor for Division 4 (Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island) have supported Flinders Day on Coochie for years.  They will be joining us again on the day to celebrate and commemorate this historic day.

Find out more about Coochiemudlo Island’s history.

How to get to Coochiemudlo Island?  Take the ferry or the barge for a short, pleasant ride off Victoria Point Jetty.

Flinders Day on Coochiemudlo Island is organised by the Coochiemudlo Island Progress Association.  Participants include the Redland City Ladies Drum Corpos, naval cadets, the Wooden Boat Association of Queensland, the local people of Coochie — and you!

2 Responses to “Matthew Flinders Day on Coochiemudlo Island”

  1. Kathleen Bricknell says:

    Hi…I have lived at Wynnum for many years, and have not yet visited “Coochie”. A group of us are hoping to catch the ferry across for the Flinders Day on 21 July. Can you help me with a programme for the day’s events?

  2. Melba Ward says:

    when is the Flinders day & Markets on Sunday 19 July 2015 and is there any holiday rentals available 18 July 2015, regards and I will await your reply, We would like to attend


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