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Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published March 8th 2020
A great day out for families who love the outdoors
Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area on the Gold Coast is a 1200 hectare area of flat wetlands with varied wildlife and a number of walking and cycling trails.

An eastern grey kangaroo joey out of the pouch
An eastern grey kangaroo joey out of the pouch


Being so flat, the trails across the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area are perfect for families with kids who love to get outdoors.

Trails at Coombabah Lakelands are flat and ideal for kids
Trails at Coombabah Lakelands are flat and ideal for kids


Coombabah Wetlands is an ecologically significant area that is listed in the Ramsar Convention on wetlands of international importance.

Laughing kookaburras are frequently seen at Coombabah Lakelands
Laughing kookaburras are frequently seen at Coombabah Lakelands


The cycle tracks go through grasslands, forested areas, along a canal, and alongside inter-tidal zones. Being flat, these tracks are suitable for all ages and fitness levels, although many people prefer to walk them rather than cycle.

Coombabah Lakelands has a range of cycling trails that are idea for kids
Coombabah Lakelands has a range of cycling trails that are idea for kids


This variety of habitat provides opportunities to view a variety of birds and wildlife. Koalas are resident in the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, although they can be tricky to spot. The eastern grey kangaroos on the other hand often seem as curious about people cycling past as kids can be about them. Other wildlife that may be seen includes snakes and echidnas.

An echidna at Coombabah Lakelands
An echidna at Coombabah Lakelands


Dogs are prohibited in the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, and there are no toilets or drinking water available here.

Eastern grey kangaroos at Coombabah Lakelands
Eastern grey kangaroos at Coombabah Lakelands


[SECTION]Essentials for this trip include:

Sunscreen and insect repellant
Plenty of water and snacks
A hat if not cycling with a helmet
A camera for the wildlife

Varied cycling tracks at Coombabah Lakelands
Varied cycling tracks at Coombabah Lakelands

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Why? Easy cycling trails for kids with great opportunities to see wildlife
When: 6am - 6pm daily
Phone: 07 5582 8211
Where: Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Reserve
Cost: Free
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