Monday, August 25, 2014

Lake boat ramp to Bush Chapel circuit



ACCESS:  Cudgen Nature Reserve Tamarind Ave Bogangar. Parking available at the boat ramp on Cudgen Lake. There are gas barbecues and picnic tables in this area.

DESCRIPTION: A fairly easy walk through Melaleuca Forest. There are obstacles on the track including many fallen trees that need to be climbed over. There are no sign posts, however the track is easy to follow.

  • The track commences east of the boat ramp. Stage 1 is a flat, sandy track following the edge of the lake, behind Cabarita Lake Apartments. A small inlet needs to be traversed at this point. This can become boggy following rain. Continue along the lake’s edge climbing over fallen timber.
  • The trail will connect with an old Fire Trail after approx 1.15km. Turn left onto this trail and you will arrive at a cleared beach on the edge of the lake. There are superb views of both the Lake and Mt Warning. A great spot for a swim on a hot day or bird watching.
  • Retrace your steps back along the Fire Trail (heading East) passing the track you arrived on. Approx 200m along the Fire Trail you will see the Bush Chapel on your right. This originally belonged to Wollumbin Scout Camp and provides a beautiful spot for a picnic.
  • The track now becomes harder to follow; head south from the Bush Chapel and you will see markers in the trees and logs marking the track on the ground. Approx 100m from the Chapel you turn right at a burnt tree stump; a further 100m you will see a turn on your right which will lead you back to the original track or continue straight along coming out again at Cabarita Lake Apartments.