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 the location again.
Firstly I checked out Google maps and did a quick search for information and was ready to go. This time I took my Dad along he is in his eighties and very fit.
Rain Tree Glen – Access Point
We accessed Coombabah Lakelands from Rain Tree Glen; there is an additional access point at shelter road, check out the Gold Coast City Council information at this link. The gates are opened at 6am and closed at 6pm so take note in the summer.
Started at Wallaby Circuit
We pulled in at the first parking bay and headed along Wallaby Circuit, but my aim was to reach the southern bank of Coombabah Creek the place where I heard all those melodious bird songs.
What a surprise this area is… the track opened up to grassland, the mob of Kangaroos grazing on the grass was amazing. We were flabbergasted! There were plenty of Jills (females) but those bucks (males) were big!
They were watching us intently and weren’t in a hurry to move, probably protecting their mob. Not a place I would wander about on my own, there are many trails leading through the bush and places to explore.
I’ve never seen so many kangaroos in one place in my life…
Enjoy your kangaroos or wallabies – but from a distance.
Living with kangaroos and wallabies
“It is also important to know how you should behave around kangaroos and wallabies.
The following information can help to make living near kangaroos and wallabies a safer and fascinating experience.
Enjoy your kangaroos or wallabies – but from a distance. If you enter an area where kangaroos or wallabies live, give them as much space as possible.
If you see one, stay away from it and watch how it behaves. If it moves toward you, or shows signs of being aggressive, move away (even if it is only looking for food or human contact, a kangaroo or wallaby may still become aggressive).
Don’t act aggressively towards the kangaroo or wallaby, as this will simply reinforce the idea that you are a threat”. Quote: http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/livingwith/kangaroos.html
Print out the map of the walking trails
You can obtain a map of the location at this link, scroll down the page and print it out for reference, it’s a great map of the area and it will help you keep your bearings.
Check this link for a printable copy
We started walking on the Wallaby Circuit but ended up on Melaleuca walking track, precisely where I wanted to be, heading for the banks of Coombabah Creek and the spot I saw 12 months prior.
The weather was deteriorating fast and by the time we arrived at the creek we were on the Boundary track, I was disappointed because it started pouring down so we had to abandon our adventure at Coombabah Lakelands for another day. A number of kookaburras started laughing in the trees above, a fitting moment I thought.
This track appropriately named, skirted the Conservation Area and we again encountered many Kangaroos, this time a buck… bigger than the one we saw on the heathland.
Definitely a place to visit again, but make sure you’re not alone and you are carrying some wet weather gear, if it looks like rain.
Plan a weekend adventure at Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area…