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Lake and surrounds

Lake Wollumboola is of outstanding scenic value. Its calm waters reflect the surrounding shore, coastal wetlands and catchment forest as well as the changing sky. Views from the sandbar to Long Bow Point and on to the escarpment and to Cullunghutti, are largely undisturbed by signs of development.
The wetlands and forest support diverse native plants and animals, many of them Threatened Species.

Shore to escarpment

Cullunghutti (Mount Coolangatta)

Wilsonia rotundifolia Swan Point

Lake birdlife

Teal on north shore

Swans at sunset

Lake entrance


When lake levels are low, a walk along the shore reveals an astonishing diversity of wetland plants, particularly in spring when tiny flowers bloom. One extra-ordinary plant, the Threatened Species, Wilsonia Rotundifolia is adapted to the changing lake levels, growing in profusion around the shore even after eight years of inundation.

Phragmites & Stilt reflections

Wattle Corner Creek

Monkey Flowers

Downs Creek

Black-winged Stilt eggs


Green and Golden Bell Frog

Wetland reeds

Wetland heath

Wilsonia rotundifolia

Downs Creek


Cuscuta tasmanica & Wilsonia rotundifolia

Casuarina glauca


90% of the lake’s catchment is relatively undisturbed native vegetation ranging from coastal wetland, heath to coastal forest. There are at least seven Endangered Ecological Communities. They support more than 300 plant species including orchid species and 300 fauna species including threatened species such as the Glossy Black Cockatoo and the Green and Golden Bell Frog.

Long Bow Point view from sand bar

View of sand bar from Long Bow Point

Long Bow Point forest


Thumbnail orchid

Bridal Veil Orchid

Pink Spiral orchid

Painted Fingers Orchid

Gang Gang

Glossy Black Cockatoo

Bower Bird bower

Green and Gold Bell Frog