A Guide to Visiting Coombabah Reserve

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At the northern end of Gold Coast, an easy 30 mins drive from Surfers Paradise and just minutes away from the hustle and bustle Harbour Town is the Coombabah Lake and nature reserve.

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area protects more than 1200 hectares of wetland, eucalypt forest, salt marsh and mangrove habitat and is home to 274 species of animals.

Coombabah Lakelands Reserve, Gold Coast © Rafael Ben-Ari. Click on photo for purchase options

The area is ideal for walks, bike riding, trail running, birdwatching and is the perfect spot to get up close with native wildlife.

Its is a bit of a Gold Coast hidden paradise where you’ll find kangaroos feeding and lazing around in the shade or out in the open areas, koalas, colourful butterflies, dragonflies and birdlife roaming free in their natural habitat.

The natural beauty of the landscape is amazing with a large amount of bushland thriving with wildlife and vegetation. It’s a lovely easy flat walk, suitable for all age groups and abilities.

There are various walking tracks here from the boardwalk circuit, kangaroo trail and the very popular koala trail. We did the kangaroo and koala trail which didn’t disappoint.

We went at around 8am to try to catch them while they were most active and saw groups of kangaroos and wallabies in a few different locations with beautiful birdlife and ducks. We were even lucky enough to spot a Koala in a eucalyptus tree, caring for her young joey!

Coombabah Lakelands Reserve, Gold Coast © Rafael Ben-Ari. Click on photo for purchase options
Coombabah Lakelands Reserve, Gold Coast © Rafael Ben-Ari. Click on photo for purchase options

Another highlight of the day was watching the small planes taking off overhead from the aerodrome across the road.

We were the only people there on a Monday morning and it was lovely strolling through the nature

Coombabah Lakelands Reserve, Gold Coast © Rafael Ben-Ari. Click on photo for purchase options

Tips for visiting Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Areas

– The site is well maintained and has proper walking trails with maps.
– There are no public facilities here so remember to take water with you and pack a picnic.
– Bring plenty of sunscreen and mozzie repellent!
– The best time to take pictures are around 3-4pm just when the sun is behind the trees or early morning when they are most active. We went early morning and it started getting too hot around 9am, so if you do go early morning, make it really early!
– If you take rubbish with you, make sure you take it home with you
– Wear covered shoes and watch out for snakes andas they have been spotted in Coombababh Lakelands Reserve
– Its a little bit hard to find as there isn’t any road signage, so set your GPS to Shelter Rd, Coombabah QLD 4216 and keep a good eye out for the sign. Otherwise, print this map before you go

Coombabah Lakelands Nature Reserve

If you want to see wild Kangaroo’s and Koala’s on the Gold Coast, this is the best place to do it for free.

Overall, this is a must see if you wish to see Australian wildlife at its best – Highly recommended. When on the Gold Coast you should put this hidden gem on your to do list.

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