Friends of Cudgen Nature Reserve

Cudgen Nature Reserve

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Overview

Want to encourage koalas to choose Cudgen Nature Reserve as their habitat? Volunteer for this bush regeneration activity near the Tweed Coast. Restore degraded bush to health and benefit local animals and plants.

Work
Bush regeneration, weed and pest management
When
2nd Saturday of each month, 8am to 12pm. 3 hours work followed by lunch. You can work a shorter time within these hours, if needed.
Where
Cudgen Nature Reserve
Price
Free
Please note
  • You'll need to provide your own transport to work site
  • We'll provide a simple morning tea at each monthly working bee day
  • There'll be a barbecue sausage sizzle on the community planting days that take place throughout the year
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You'll learn how to rehabilitate weed-affected or degraded bush into a healthier community of native plants and animals. The result? Local koala communities will connect with the rehabilitated areas and choose them as their habitat.

Volunteer work includes environmental weeding and bushland regeneration, including:

  • Planting and seed collecting
  • Primary and secondary weeding
  • Tree planting
  • Track construction and maintenance.

You'll be guided on how to participate effectively as part of a team, to ensure safe bush regeneration practices at your work site.

No skills or experience required, and you'll work at your own pace. All training is provided.

It's a good idea to wear a long-sleeved shirt, trousers and lace-up boots.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/volunteer-activities/friends-of-cudgen-nature-reserve/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Friends of Cudgen Nature Reserve.

Other important info

  • You'll need to provide your own transport to work site
  • We'll provide a simple morning tea at each monthly working bee day
  • There'll be a barbecue sausage sizzle on the community planting days that take place throughout the year

Learn more

Friends of Cudgen Nature Reserve is in Cudgen Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A birdwatcher's paradise

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), Cudgen Nature Reserve. Photo: Allen Goodwin

Cudgen is home to plenty of birdlife, making it a great spot for bird watching. The lake and surrounding wetlands are a great place to see black swan and waterbirds like the Australian white ibis or the white-faced heron. You'll also see shorebirds including pied oystercatcher, osprey and sea eagles.

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

Good things come in small packages

Clothiers Creek, Cudgen Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

For a modest reserve, there is certainly an enormous variety of vegetation, ranging from coastal dunes to heath, swamp forests to rainforests, and the beautiful wetlands on Cudgen Lake and surrounding estuaries. Much of the reserve is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community (EEC), including swamp oak, swamp melaleuca forest, littoral and lowland subtropical rainforest, and freshwater wetlands. Cudgen Nature Reserve also provides a great viewing point and stopover point en route to the magnificent rainforest in the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park.

Water sport playground

Canoeing on Cudgen Lake. Cudgen Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

With the great expanse of Cudgen Lake, nearby creeks and Cabarita Beach all included in Cudgen Nature Reserve, you'll find loads of water sports to enjoy. Go sailing on the lake, or explore by kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Enjoy swimming on the lake or head to Cabarita Beach for swimming, surfing and fishing in the ocean.

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

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Cudgen Nature Reserve. Photo: Alan Goodwin/NSW Government