A mere 45 minutes south of Surfers Paradise is the Cudgen Lake and Nature Reserve. Now here is a trap for young players: Cudgen Lake isn’t actually in Cudgen itself but it is actually further south near the magnificent Cabarita Beach in Bogangar!
The Lake is a little gem a few blocks back from the beach. We didn’t see any signs so we had to follow our nose and eventually found it but in reality all you need to do is turn right into Tamarind Ave once you get to Bogangar. Just follow Tamarind to its dead end and the lake will appear.
Cudgen lake is perfect for practicing stand up paddle boarding or any other paddle-only activity (no motors allowed).
The lake spills out into a couple of small tributaries and if you are so inclined you can paddle your way north to Kingscliff which is a lazy 10km or so journey which will take you out into the ocean!
The lake is the perfect place for a BBQ. There are electric BBQ’s and tables in a lovely grove of paperbark trees. And while you cook and eat you have a terrific view of the sparkling lake which has a really unique wetlands feel about it.
There is plenty of birdlife and you can lose a couple of hours skirting the lake trying for the perfect shot!
Up stream the banks are lined with paperbark trees and the tributary is decorated with flowering lily pads. All in all a very relaxing feel and great spot to have a meal before heading over to beautiful Cabarita Headland and Beach which I will cover in another post.