Myola Boardwalk, Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area
Northern Gold Coast Walk
The Myola Section at the northern end of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area comprises a constructed tributary and surrounding bushland.
This area on the northern side of the estuarine bay is ecologically significant providing refuge for a huge diversity of fauna and flora no longer common in urbanised parts of the Gold Coastland which is characteristic of the coastal lowlands of South East Queensland.
Accessible only from Myloa Court, you’ll spot the car park and information board welcoming you to this section of the conservation area. The information board explains that this area provides a unique mangrove habitat experience and excellent platform to view the areas diverse flora and fauna.
The Myola Boardwalk and trail winds 1.2-kilometres along the Coombabah Creek Tributary at which point you can choose to return by the same path or proceed 500 metres onto the point to which you can cross and link to the greater Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area
The Myola area contains a diversity of vegetation types, including Eucalypt woodlands, Casuarina forests, Melaleuca wetlands, Saltmarshes and Mangrove communities providing homes for an abundance of wildlife. The boardwalk was carefully constructed to minimise the impact on the marine environment and allows visitors to explore this most important intertidal shorebird habitat.
This area is a stronghold for the vulnerable koala, and vulnerable powerful owl, the grey-headed flying fox, the rare Beccari’s freetail bat, 16 species of frog and the ground dwelling bandicoot and swamp rat. The shallow water habitats of Lake Coombabah are also a state protected Fish Habitat Area. So as you walk, keep your eyes out?
Track Length: Myola Boardwalk Recreational Trail 1.2-kilometres. 1.7-kilometres to the Coombabah linkage.
Track Difficulty: Easy wide boardwalk and path.
Facilities: There is a carpark and information board in Myola Court at the trail head. Dogs are prohibited in the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, and there are no toilets or drinking water available here.
By Michaela Lyons
Track Entrance: Myola Court, Coombabah