Lake Cooby

This lovely lakeside area provides excellent shelters and free gas barbecue facilities for those who would like to spend a few lazy hours on a family picnic. A children's playground caters for younger members of the family and toilet blocks have disabled access.

Recreational facilities can be found at two different areas of the lake. Check these areas are open. Boating (electric motors only), canoeing, windsurfing and sailing are all permitted on Lake Cooby. If you intend to fish, don’t forget that fishing requires a stocked impoundment permit. This is a State Government Permit, the fees from which are used to stock included dams with fingerlings.

A nice lakeside walk is available. View details about the walk here.

Camping facilities are not available and alcohol is not permitted at this location. 

As it is a flora and fauna reserve, domestic animals are not allowed at Lake Cooby, so please leave your pets at home.



Lake Cooby is 35kms north of Toowoomba and easily accessible from the New England Highway. If you are travelling north from Toowoomba, turn left on Highfields Road at Highfields and follow the signs to Lake Cooby. If coming south towards Toowoomba, turn right on the Meringandan Road at Cabarlah and then right again at Kleinton School Road. Turn left on Klein Road and right following Cooby Dam Road.


Loveday Cove

Loveday Cove is open from 7am to 8 pm (September to April) and from 7 am to 6 pm (May to August). Loveday Cove is the place for fishing and boating activities as well as group picnics. Sailing and canoeing can be safely enjoyed as only electric motors are permitted. The absence of outboard combustion motors also means the tranquility of the Lake is preserved for water birds and visitors using the excellent picnic facilities.


Dam Wall picnic area

The Dam Wall picnic area is open 7am to 7.30pm (Sept to Apr) and from 7:00am to 5.30pm (May to Aug). This area provides a quiet spot to enjoy the Australian bush with picnic tables with views over Lake Cooby. A walking track is accessible from this area with calm lakeside views. View details about the walk here.


Fishing at Lake Cooby

There are many types of fish that can be caught in Lake Cooby. Bag limits, which are limits set by the Queensland Government regarding the number of a species of fish that a person may have in their possession, apply also at Lake Cooby. Refer to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for most up to date information relating to bag limits.

Fishing permits are available online at the Department Of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestries or from most tackle outlets.


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