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Cudgen Lake

Cudgen Nature Reserve

Overview

Cudgen Lake, near the coastal villages of Cabarita Beach and Bogangar on the Tweed Coast, is perfect for birdwatching, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and picnicking.

Where
Cudgen Nature Reserve
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Just near the coastal villages of Cabarita Beach and Bogangar on the Tweed Coast, Cudgen Lake is a hidden wetland treasure surrounded by floodplain forest and rainforests. Look out over the calm waters and you’ll see majestic Round Mountain in the south and striking views to the west of Wollumbin Mount Warning in the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park.

Great for a family day out, head to Cudgen picnic area and enjoy picnicking by the lake. The kids will love swimming in the shallow waters of the lake. Launch your boat from the boat ramp and enjoy sailing or windsurfing on the lake. Perhaps get in your kayak or canoe and head off to explore the nearby creeks. Try your luck fishing, or just sit back and enjoy the tranquility.

The lake and surrounding wetlands is also a fantastic spot for birdwatching. Look out for waterbirds like the Australasian grebe or the white-faced heron.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken
Cudgen Nature Reserve. Photo: Alan Goodwin/NSW Government