Big weekend ahead on Coochiemudlo Island for Flinders Day 2018

LAST YEAR: Paul Moynagh, as Matthew Flinders, arrives on Coochiemudlo Island for last year's festivities. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
LAST YEAR: Paul Moynagh, as Matthew Flinders, arrives on Coochiemudlo Island for last year's festivities. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

SUNDAY is Coochiemudlo Island’s big day with markets and the re-enactment of the arrival of Lieutenant Matthew Flinders on the island in 1799.

Activities include the Coochie Art Show which was launched on Friday at the Recreation Club hall and continues until Sunday.

The markets open at 9am followed by a street parade of quirky vehicles and quirkier locals at 10am.

A new attraction this year will be a sailing regatta around Coochie with members of The Wooden Boat and Blue Peter clubs taking part.

Period dancing demonstrations and a ceremonial flag raising will be followed by the re-enactment at 11.30am.

ARTISTS: Catherine Bishop, Patsy Norris, Inneka Low, Leonie Bosscher, Mary Russell, Noleen Dunne, Diane Gillham, Debra McGlinchie (co-ordinator) and John Sharrock.

ARTISTS: Catherine Bishop, Patsy Norris, Inneka Low, Leonie Bosscher, Mary Russell, Noleen Dunne, Diane Gillham, Debra McGlinchie (co-ordinator) and John Sharrock.

Local Naval cadets play a part in the event, escorting the lieutenant onto the beach where he does a sextant sighting of the sun.

There will also be Indigenous dancing and story telling led by Josh Walker from North Stradbroke Island.

About 16 artists are taking part in the art show and a bus is available to take people from main beach to the club on Sunday.

The show will also be open on Friday from 5.30pm to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 3pm.