Meringandan - Cooby Dam Loveday Cove
Address: Cooby Dam Road, Meringandan QLD 4352
Please be advised that due to a significant cyanobacteria bloom (blue-green algae) at Cooby Dam all areas will be closed until further notice.
Welcome to Cooby Dam Loveday Cove - a super recreational area offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a host of land and *aquatic outdoor pursuits. Boaties, anglers, walkers and picnickers are all provided for at this picturesque location near Meringandan.
If you're keen to cast a line to catch a fish, or two, the dam offers its share of good fishing spots. All you need is a fishing permit and you're right to go. For those who prefer land based activities, there are walking tracks to explore and picnic shelters and free gas barbecue facilities to help create a memorable day out.
Water access for sailing boats, canoes and electric (only) powered vessels make Cooby an ideal spot to enjoy with friends and family all year round. A children's playground and toilet blocks with disabled access are conveniently located on site.
Cooby Dam is also home to the Darling Downs Sailing Club >>.
Please be advised that camping facilities are not available at Cooby Dam and alcohol is not permitted at this location. The park is locked at night.
*Swimming at Cooby Dam Loveday Cove is expressly prohibited.
How to get there: 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.
Best for: Bushwalking
Classification: Grade 3
Distance: 4422m one way
Walking time: Approximately 90 minutes return
Description: 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.