Lake Coombabah and its waterways are a unique Gold Coast coastline wetlands and animal habitat. This ecologically significant area has been through numerous changes over its lifetime, and is now safeguarded as part of the internationally recognised Southern Moreton Bay Marine Park. Over 1200 hectares of protected wetland, eucalypt forest, tea tree swamp, salt marsh and mangrove habitat are now home to 274 species of animal and a diversity of wetland and rainforest plants, lichens and algae.
We’ll gather, mingle and go on a guided walk, taking time to connect with the other organisms - human and non-human, animal, vegetable, mineral and algal, with whom we share time and space. We’ll pay special attention to the unseen and overlooked, the unheard and under-heard inhabitants of the park as we learn about wetland ecology, and develop our wetland appreciation together.
After our group walk, with members of the queer ecology group Seaweed Society, we’ll gather for a picnic, kindly supplied by Carers QLD, and with circus activities led by non-profit diversity wellness organisation Community Concepts.
This event will be led by genderfluid, gender-diverse and gender non-conforming folks, and a special invitation is extended to those exploring, questioning and realising their gender in our community. Please join us as we appreciate and centre the beautiful wetlands from an LGBTIQA+ perspective, sharing activities and time in nature together.
All are welcome at this all-inclusive, all-ages, queer-friendly, family-friendly, all-abilities event. Neurodiverse, differently-abled people and carers are particularly encouraged to attend. A light picnic lunch, water, shade and wheelchair-accessible toilet will be provided.
Dogs are not permitted in the Conservation area due it being an important habitat for kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.
The wetlands are home to a number of insects, so insect repellant is a good idea.
The walking track and picnic area are flat level areas suitable for those with low mobility and in wheelchairs.
WHERE: Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Park (enter via Pine Ridge Rd and Rain Tree Glen) Google Map ref HERE.
BYO: Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, insect repellant, picnic blanket
This venue is wheelchair accessible.
WET WEATHER PLAN: Please note, in the event of light rain the event will proceed; if heavy rain, the event will be rescheduled. Check our Facebook for updates on the day.
A collaboration between Gold Coast Pride, Seaweed Society, Daniele Constance and Carers Queensland NDIS LAC PITC.