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Boardwalks - QLD, Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area

Google Earth: 27°54’40.14 S; 153°21’09.92 E

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area is a Gold Coast City Council reserve. The area is part of the Kombumerri traditional lands. And, 'Coombabah' is an aboriginal word meaning home of turtles, or a pocket of land (Steele, J.G., Aboriginal Pathways in Southeast Queensland and the Richmond River, p63; Hanlon, W.E., The Early Settlers of the Logan and Albert Districts). The reserve is also part of Moreton Bay Marine Park, and Coombabah Fish Habitat Area (FHA) – declared in 1983. The FHA provides a tidal wetlands buffer zone from residential development and associated run-off into the Jumpinpin-Broadwater Fish Habitat Area, and protects remaining undisturbed habitat in the area.

The boardwalk and bird hide are an initiative of the Coombabah Catchment Management Group (CCMG) in partnership with Gold Coast City Council with funding assistance from Coastcare and Wetland Care Australia through the Natural Heritage Trust (funded in 2000 – 2001). Along the walk, there is excellent signage providing thoughtful educational information regards the flora and fauna observed. It also nicely displays the transition zone from terrestrial to mangrove habitat. From the boardwalk, visitors can see across to the Coombabah Lake’s western shore, undeveloped Gold Coast mangrove fringe and lake habitat. The bird watching is considered excellent.

Location Details

  • Distance/length: 500 m.
  • Location: Shelter Road, off Brisbane Road, Coombabah, Gold Coast.
  • Walking Time: 45 min. stroll. Address: as above.
  • Directions: Take Exit 62 off the Pacific Mwy, travel east along Gold Coast Highway for approx. 3km, turn left at Shelter Road. Enter through gates, travel approx 1 km along Shelter Road. Bear left at Lakelands Reserve carpark. There are six normal carpark spaces with another wheelchair carpark.
  • Contact: For more information phone the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) Catchment Management Group, Ph (07) 5581 6709 or (07) 5581 6722. Boardwalk gates open 7 days a week: Mon – Fri 6.15am – 6pm; Sat 7.45am – 4.15pm; Sun 9.45am – 2.15pm.
  • Website: www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/t_standard.aspx?pid=7039
  • Facilities

  • parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • No Toilet amenities
  • No dogs
  • No picnic tables
  • No BBQ facilities
  • No Shelter
  • Bikes
  • No Playground
  • No drinking water
  • Fishing
  • No boatramp
  • Information sign
  • Information centre
  • No guided walk
  • No cafe
  • No Lighting


  • Mangroves

    Grey Mangrove (Avicennia marina)
    Stilt Mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa)
    River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum)
  • Saltmarsh

    Saltcouch (Sporobolus virginicus)
    Beadweed (Sarcocornia quinqueflora)
  • General Vegetation

    She or Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca)
  • Birds

    great egret, ibis, spoonbill, whistling kite
  • Invertebrates in the mud

    Crabs (grapsids)
  • Invertebrates in the vegetation

  • Rare/ Endangered Biota

    Some migratory and JAMBA / CAMBA listed wader birds;
    eastern curlew
    red capped plover
    bar tailed godwit
  • Waterlife

    Gobies Ruppia (Brackish Seagrass)


Rebecca Batton (Fowler) and Mathew Johnston, Queensland Department Primary Industry & Fisheries (31 May 2006)

Community Volunteers

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Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Getting Involved

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  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
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  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
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