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.
- 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
PLANTS AND ANIMALS YOU MIGHT SEE
MangrovesGrey Mangrove (Avicennia marina)
Stilt Mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa)
River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum)
SaltmarshSaltcouch (Sporobolus virginicus)
Beadweed (Sarcocornia quinqueflora)
General VegetationShe or Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca)
Birdsgreat egret, ibis, spoonbill, whistling kite
Invertebrates in the mudCrabs (grapsids)
Invertebrates in the vegetation
Rare/ Endangered BiotaSome migratory and JAMBA / CAMBA listed wader birds;
red capped plover
bar tailed godwit
WaterlifeGobies Ruppia (Brackish Seagrass)
Rebecca Batton (Fowler) and Mathew Johnston, Queensland Department Primary Industry & Fisheries (31 May 2006)