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Cudgen Lake

Cudgen Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Cudgen Lake.

Getting there and parking

Cudgen Lake is in the central precinct of Cudgen Nature Reserve. It can be accessed via Cudgen Lake picnic area.

To get there:

  • Follow the directions towards Cabarita Beach/Bogangar
  • If driving south on Tweed Coast Road, turn right into Tamarind Avenue and follow into Willow Avenue, which continues to the picnic area and boat ramp.
  • If driving east on Clothiers Creek Road, turn left into Poplar Avenue then left again into Tamarind Avenue and follow into Willow Avenue, which continues to the picnic area and boat ramp.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available at Cudgen Lake, including several designated disabled spots. Bus parking is available.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Cudgen Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.


Venture off to explore the lake in your kayak or canoe and paddle along Cudgen Creek.


Enjoy a peaceful picnic at Cudgen picnic area, with spectacular views across the lake to Wollumbin.


Escape the holiday crowds and have fun swimming, sailing and paddling on Cudgen Lake.


Enjoy birdwatching on the lake and watch for migratory birds.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


18°C and 30°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


8°C and 22°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Boat ramp


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Boating safety

If you're out on your boat fishing, waterskiing or just cruising the waterways, the safety of you and your passengers is paramount.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.


Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.



A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.



Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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