Recreational facilities can be found at two different areas of the lake; Loveday Cove and the dam wall picnic area. Information about these two sections can be found below. Before heading out to Lake Cooby remember to check if these areas are open.

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. 


Allowed recreation activities

  • Boating (electric motors only)
  • Boating (non-powered - rowing, sailing, canoeing)
  • Windsurfing
  • Fishing: There are many types of fish that can be caught in Lake Cooby. If you intend to fish, don’t forget that fishing requires a stocked impoundment permit. Fishing permits are available online at the Department Of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestries or from most tackle outlets. 

    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 at Lake Cooby. Refer to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for most up to date information relating to bag limits.

  • Picnics and BBQs
  • Playground
  • Bush walking: View details about the walk here.

Swimming is not allowed at Lake Cooby.


Areas of Lake Cooby and open hours

Before heading out to Lake Cooby remember to check if these areas are open.

Loveday Cove

Loveday Cove is open from 6am to 8pm (September to April) and from 7am to 6pm (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 tranquillity 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 6am to 8pm (September to April) and from 7am to 6pm (May to August). 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.