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The Great North Lakes Walk

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published July 13th 2015
The lakes of the north
The aptly named North Lakes is full of lakes, ponds and streams. It is a great place to go for stroll with several interlinked well maintained walking paths that will take you through parks, around lakes and alongside bushland. There is the option to get off the walk tracks and wander through bushland dirt tracks.

North Lakes Environment Park walking path
North Lakes Environment Park walking path


There are several options for walking, from a short stroll around a lake through to 10 kms or even further, all through park or bushland. I will take you through a 8-10 km walk that starts at Lake Eden near the North Lakes Westfield.

Lake Eden, North Lakes
Lake Eden, North Lakes


When people think of lakes at North Lakes, it is Lake Eden near the North Lakes Westfield that comes to mind. This is the perfect place to start and end your walk as this is the only area with cafes, restaurants and pubs to visit at the end of the walk.

Poles on the path
Poles on the path


The first part of the walk follows along the North Lakes Resort Golf Club, which is a long thin golf course along the creek. The path follows along the side of the course, first on the left as you walk away from the lake, and then to the right as you cross the course on a walking bridge and head north.

North Lakes Resort Golf Club
North Lakes Resort Golf Club


This park of the track is a perfect exercise location with parkland and exercise equipment spaced along the path. Though during the middle of the day you rarely say anyone other than the occasional dog walker.

Exercise equipment along the North Lakes walking and cycling track
Exercise equipment along the North Lakes walking and cycling track


Keep following the track up until you reach the North Lakes Environmental Park. We will keep following the path, here but there are plenty of opportunities to get on one of the fire trails through the bushland. The walking paths skirt the bushland and are pleasant enough.

Shady fire trail in the North Lakes Environmental Park
Shady fire trail in the North Lakes Environmental Park


Upon arriving a the North Lakes Environmental Park, turn right. Note: if you go left you can do a circuit of the Environmental park, though these tracks are less well maintained and you have to walk on the street for part of the way.

Bridgehave Lake, North Lakes Environmental Park
Bridgehave Lake, North Lakes Environmental Park


So turning right you will see the first of the lakes. You will pass by three lovely lakes, each visited by ducks, cormorants, egrets and even the occasional swan. Some of the lakes have barbecues and make a perfect location for a family and friends barbecue.

Swan in a lake at North Lakes
Swan in a lake at North Lakes


Just after the third lake you you can leave the environmental park and walk through the bushland beside Chermside Road. If you keep going straight at the end of the path (where see the roundabout) you can easily get back onto the path beside the golf course. But I prefer to follow the path as it does a switch back and heads to more lakes.

When you see the first lake on your right, cross the road and follow this path which heads back in the direction of the Golf Course. Note: You can keep going straight and follow the path back along Lee-Ann Ct, but the path ends before you get back to Lake Eden and you find yourself having to cross and walk alongside busy roads.

Yet another lake
Yet another lake


Finally it is just a matter of returning to the path alongside the golf course that we initially followed and heading back to the Lake Eden, where there is a range of cafes and restaurants right beside the lake. You can also go to the North Lakes Westfield.
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Thanks for this. I live in Murrumba Downs and go around Lake Eden all the time with my 2yr old 4yr old and Labrador. Will definitely check out further afield as I've only gone past golf course previously. Our other favorite is Mungarra Reserve in Petrie.
Tara
by taram (score: 1|28) 1462 days ago
I live not far from North Lakes and have never visited. Thank you for this - a reminder that there is another lovely place to walk.
by Di Hill (score: 2|486) 1449 days ago
Good article.
Where would I start a short walk.
I live at Margate but go to North Lakes .
So from the shopping centre where do I go.
I don't drive so go by bus.
If you could tell me where I can start please.
by maure (score: 1|24) 1313 days ago
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