Crows Nest Queensland, The Village in High Country

Lake Cooby for fishing, sailing, canoeing.



For open or closed status, see TRC website.


As it is a flora and fauna reserve domestic animals are not allowed at Lake Cooby. Swimming is also prohibited at Lake Cooby.


Fishermen must have a Freshwater Fishing Permit (Stocked Impoundment Permit). These are available from local Post Offices, by ringing the Qld Government Contact Centre on 13 13 04: or on line.

Electric outboards only are permitted. The boat ramp is at Loveday Cove.

More Information

Toowoomba Region website

sailiong on Cooby
Sailing and canoeing are popular



Lake Cooby is only a 35 kilometre drive from Toowoomba and easily accessible from the New England Highway. When travelling north from Toowoomba turn left into Meringandan Road (just past the Borneo Barracks Golf Course): follow the signs. Travelling south from Crows Nest, turn right into Meringandan Road just south of Cabarlah. 

Entry is free. The park is locked at night.

Cooby Creek Reservoir, Groomsville, Qld Map

Picnic Areas

At Loveday Cove, there are shelters, and gas barbecue facilities for those who just want to spend a few lazy hours on a family picnic. A children's playground also caters for younger members of the family and toilet blocks have disabled access. Camping facilities are not available at Lake Cooby.

Cooby Dam Wall Picnic Area is open again after repairs to the flood damage.


Lake Cooby MudmapWalking Track

Loveday Cove to the Dam Wall, an easy 4.5km walk. Grade 3. 

The walk is mainly easy with a moderate climb in the middle. The lake serves as the water supply for Toowoomba Region and provides a habitat for waterbirds. A diverse variety of bush birds populate the areas along the trail. If you sit quietly you may be able to also see a wide range of wildlife including koalas, possums, echidna and wallabies. Please leave your pets at home.


Lake Cooby is a significant waterbird habitat, and has a rich population of bush birds, especially along the walking track.

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