Declared Fish Habitat Area summary - Coombabah

Mangrove boardwalk, Coombabah declared Fish Habitat Area

Mangrove boardwalk, Coombabah declared Fish Habitat Area


Coombabah Creek and Lake upstream of junction with Saltwater Creek, 10 km north-west of Southport, Gold Coast.

Plan number

FHA-016 (PDF, 739.2KB)


489 ha

Management level


Declaration dates

19 November 1983 (original declaration)
21 May 1988 (redeclared to revoke Saltwater Creek)
25 March 1989 (redeclared to add adjoining fish habitats)
24 July 1998 (redeclared to cadastral boundaries)

Local government

Gold Coast City Council

Management features

Wetlands buffer zone from residential development and associated run-off for the Jumpinpin-Broadwater FHA, protection of remaining undisturbed habitat.

Habitat values

Avicennia and Rhizophora zones along tidal creek, shallow silty-sand estuarine lake.

Fisheries values

Fishing in Coombabah Creek; bream, estuary cod, flathead, garfish, luderick, mangrove jack, sea mullet, tailor, whiting, banana prawns, king prawns, bay prawns.

Other values

Excellent boardwalk provides access to declared FHA.