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Shelter Road Coombabah

Shelter Road Coombabah

When I first visited Coombabah Boardwalk Myola Section  I was fascinated and curious about the other side of the reserve, the

reserve was alive with birds and the wattle was a brilliant yellow cascading into the water.

After a little research I found my way over to the other side and access via Rain Tree Glen.
But even though I saw the salt marshes and mangroves and walked the tracks and soaked in the diverse landscape,

I couldn’t find the lake. Why? The lake can only be accessed via Shelter Road.

Salt Marshes Coombabah

Shelter Road Entrance

The weather was warm, so I thought I would go early, which turned out to be a big mistake the gates don’t open till 8am,

so keep that in mind and don’t forget the insect repellent.
There are a few parking spaces before the entrance to the track, however I parked on Shelter Road and walked down the

tarred road. The walking track meanders amongst tall Eucalypt gums and is very picturesque, but unfortunately without

the insect spray on, I had to keep moving, I took a quick photos of the interpretive signage and kept walking and

waving my arms about. I had the feeling a dark cloud was following me.


What wildlife inhabits Coombabah Lakelands?

  • Common Bush Possum
  • Grey headed Flying Fox
  • Eastern grey Kangaroo
  • Bearded Dragon
  • Lace Monitors
  • Capet Pythons
  • Swamp Wallaby
  • Red Necked Wallaby










Abundant birdlife and much more…

Shelter Road Boardwalk
The boardwalk is a very pleasing rustic structure a well maintained bright burnt orange that disappears into dense mangroves,

I loved the way it twisted and curved above the water. I might add the mosquitoes were not so fierce here nothing like in

the Eucalypt Woodland behind me.

The Rustic Boardwalk
Bird Hide CoombabahAt the end of this boardwalk is a bird hide, I wasn’t expecting it and thought at some point a large lake would open up.

It did open up but behind a timber bird hide with large slats big enough for a camera or binoculars for birdwatchers.

The lake was silent a very serene place, just the occasional sound of the water slapping the piers of the boardwalk.

It’s a fascinating place, the day I was there it was quiet never saw a living soul.

Coombabah Lakelands
I highly recommend this location, but do take insect repellent in the warmer weather, I will be visiting again very soon

with an update, but next time I will be prepared.

Coombabah Lakelands Reserve

There are three quite distinct areas to visit all three below feature a map and details of how to access them.
Myola Section – Hansford Road
Rain Tree Glen- Off Pine Ridge Road
Shelter Road – Gold Coast Hwy (Brisbane Road)

Where is Shelter Road?

The Koala Track at Coombabah Lakelands

The Koala Track at Coombabah Lakelands

Our first visit to Coombabah lakelands was a washout; we managed to get to Boundary Track and then the rain came down, neither of us were prepared so with a mixture of disappointment and excitement of seeing so much wildlife we headed for the car. Second attempt We were hoping our encounter with the mob… Continue Reading

Coombabah lakelands Conservation Area

Coombabah lakelands Conservation Area

While walking the Coombabah Boardwalk, I wondered how I could access the opposite bank, the bird-life seemed to be prolific on the southern bank of Coombabah Creek, their melodious songs almost hypnotic, and that’s how I saw it on the day. Unfortunately life gets in the way and it was 12 months before I investigated… Continue Reading

Coombabah Lakes Boardwalk

Coombabah Lakes Boardwalk

This walk is best described as a combination of urban walking and scenic views. I have walked this boardwalk before but accessed it from one of the retirement villages that border Hansford Road. This is my version of the walk that I mapped, it may not be the best route but at least it’s a… Continue Reading