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Out of the museum and onto the sand: A tour of Coochiemudlo

The Voicemap app allows tourist to explore Coochiemudlo at their own pace. Photo: Michael BurgeOut of the museum and onto the sands and wetlands of Coochiemudlo, a new app has allowed visitors to the small Moreton Bay island to fully immerse themselves.
Nanjing Night Net

Coochiemudlo, or Coochie to the locals, is home to about 700 people and countless birds.

Now visitors to the island can learn it’s rich history and encounter the unique wildlife of Moreton Bay up close and in their own time.

Michael Burge has worked with the Coochiemudlo Heritage Society to create a VoiceMap tour of the island.

VoiceMap allows a user to take a guided tour that works off a phone’s GPS, the pre-recorded piece will start playing as a user arrives at the location.

Mr Burge said the tour offers a drawcard for people who want to explore somewhere new, but don’t want to be stuck on someone else’s schedule to be shown around.

“It’s an extension of the tours that are already on offer here, but because of life being what it is now, with people not necessarily being able to access established tours, Mr Burge said.

“The VoiceMap app allows people to do the tour and interpret Coochiemudlo Island at their own pace.”

The mysterious little island looks as though there is very little development from the outside, but past the tree line a different story appears.

“For people who haven’t been to Coochiemudlo Island before the tour is going to unlock some of the mysteries of the island.” Mr Burge said.

“From the mainland the island looks uninhabited, apart from our jetty and a couple of buildings you can’t really see what goes on over here.

“There a plenty of queries about this unique settlement and how it came to be.”

There are no signs posts or arrows, the gps in the user’s phone will help guide tourist around the island.

Coochiemudlo has a rich aboriginal history and the tour will show users the most interesting parts of that heritage.

“One of the biggest draw cards are the aboriginal heritage, scarred trees and places where middens were intact until a few years ago.

As well as the history of the island, such as the arrival of the explorer Matthew Flinders, the place is also an ornithologist’s dream.

“Moreton bay is full of Melaleuca wetlands which are replete with birdlife and you can’t go far on Coochie without encountering some of the most amazing native and migratory bird life.”

The wetlands are a part of the protected lands under the Ramsar Convention, which was designed to halt the loss of places of unique importance.

Escape to Coochiemudlo Island is available for download and runs for 60 minutes.

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