Freshwater & Lagoon Trails

Pallarenda Conservation Park

The Freshwater and Lagoon trails form a 7.2 km circuit around the coastal wetlands of the Town Common Conservation Park. This is a beautiful area to explore, full of birdlife, great photo opportunities and so close to the city of Townsville

Bird Watching
No Dogs Permitted
Cycling Permitted
Swamp or Wetland

Getting there

Located a short 7km drive from Townsville CBD, along Cape Pallarenda Road, turn off at Rowes Bay Golf Course, follow the unsealed road for 5km to reach the Town Common nature reserve.



Route/Trail notes

From the carpark at Town Common Conservation Park, start out along Freshwater Trail which covers 3.6km and provides access to two bird-hides.  Freshwater bird-hide is about 200m from the carpark.  Following Freshwater Trail in either direction will link up with Lagoon Trail, also 3.6km, so in total the circuit is 7.2km.  The trail is shared between hikers and mountain bikers.  There are loads of opportunities for bird watching and photography across the wetlands and salt pans.  The trail circuit is relatively flat, some sections of gravel and uneven ground, but mostly easy walking.



Other References

GPS Tracks

  • No GPS available for this walk yet.


Started this walk from the Cape Pallarenda Car park. Lots of flies and March flies along the first part of the walk but the back end of the walk is really beautiful. Super hot even in April so go early.

Bobbe on 15 Apr, 2023

Loved the birdlife and gorgeous environment

Debdek on 15 Apr, 2022


Click here to load this map.

Nearby Walks

Done this walk?

This walk has been ticked 2 times

Aussie Bushwalking can keep track of your bushwalks.

Login/signup to tick this walk off.

Tick walks to keep track of where you've been. You must Login to tick walks. Accounts are 100% free so sign up if you don't have one.