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Cudgen Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    From Tweed Heads:

    • Drive south on Pacific Highway
    • Take the Tweed Coast Road exit at Chinderah
    • Continue for approximately 6km on Tweed Coast Road until you see the first part of the nature reserve on your right

    From Murwillumbah:

    • Drive north-east on Tweed Valley Way for approximately 4km
    • Turn right into Clothiers Creek Road Continue until you cross Pacific Highway
    • After approximately 2.5km, you’ll see the nature reserve start on your left.

    From Brunswick Heads:

    • Drive north on Pacific Highway
    • Take the Clothiers Creek Road exit and drive towards Cabarita Beach
    • After approximately 2.5km, you’ll see the nature reserve start on your left.

    Park entry points


    By bike

    Cycle ways run along the edge of Cudgen Nature Reserve, connecting the coastal villages. Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    Cudgen Nature Reserve is accessible by bus from Tweed Heads. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    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

    Boat ramp

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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).



    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.

    Cudgen Nature Reserve


    Nearby towns

    Murwillumbah (18 km)

    Murwillumbah is rich dairy, sugar cane and banana country. It's located on the banks of the Tweed River and set in the Tweed River Valley against a backdrop of rainforest-clad hills.

    Tweed Heads (18 km)

    Tweed Heads features endless surfing, beaches and waterways. It is the northernmost town on the NSW coast.

    Brunswick Heads (33 km)

    Brunswick Heads is a holiday village with clean, uncrowded beaches. It's a coastal location on the estuary of the Brunswick River.