Set against a peaceful and secluded peninsula bounded by Wallis Lake, the Coolongolook and Wallingat Rivers, lies the thriving Mid North Coast community of Coomba Park. Bordering Wallingat National Park, it is a haven of natural landscape, boasting excellent lake views and wildlife, with kangaroos and wallabies often seen hopping down the main street.
Located just twenty minutes’ drive by car from Pacific Palms or forty minutes from Forster or fifteen minutes by boat, major foreshore facilities include jetty and boat launch ramp, tidal swimming pool, a children’s playground and adult fitness equipment, lakeside walking tracks and barbecues.
Coomba Aquatic Gardens reserve is a 10 hectare site managed by the Coomba Aquatic Club and Landcare group for public and community use, with a gazebo and viewing deck with panoramic views of Wallis Lake towards Wallis Island, Yahoo island and beyond.
A short walk from the foreshore, the general store has grocery items, bait, fishing licences, fuel, liquor, ice and coffee.The central community precinct features the community hall, tennis court, handball and hitting wall court, Men’s Shed and Rural Fire Brigade.
With a population of around 800 people in the village and rural properties, Coomba Park is proud of its active community, focused on the support and prosperity of its district. There are many social groups and voluntary organisations comprising local involvement of residents, who meet regularly to ensure the region continues to thrive.
Coomba Park boasts a busy social calendar, with an array of community organisations and initiatives, including the Sunday Brunch Café, Coomba and District Progress Association, Coomba Aquatic Club, Choral Group, Men’s Shed, Golf Club, Senior Citizens, Sustainable Living Group, Tennis Club, Wine and Dine Club, Garden Club, Ukulele Group, Wallis Spirit Dragon Boat Club, and voluntary groups including Rural Fire Brigade, Landcare groups, ASHOW after school program on Wednesdays and the Hall and café committees. Coomba Fest is the renowned annual Australia Day celebration, when the residents hold a raft race, picnic races, markets and other fun activities.
For those living in Coomba Park, the idea of sustainability is not a new idea. Living adjacent to Walis Lake carries a developed awareness of keeping the lake clean. Coomba Sustainable Living Group encourages all its residents to be holistic in their domestic approach to living sustainably, from collecting rain water to effective methods for reusing vegetable and compost waste. New members are always encouraged to join the organisation, as are the sharing of ideas and undertaking local sustainable projects as a group.
The Coomba Aquatic Club has been active in the community for over twenty years and is proud of its many events bringing community spirit together, Friday night BBQs, monthly aquatic days and in association with Sailability, Great Lakes monthly outings for those with limited ability to go sailing or just enjoy the day’s outing. Throughout the year Coomba Aquatic Club invites all members, guests and visitors to the area to enjoy many other aquatic activities, including sailing, fishing, kayaking and power boating for all ages.
Development of the site facilities is always on the agenda and strategised by community members working together. Construction has commenced on the long anticipated Boatshed and Observation Deck – a project that will ultimately provide a new boatshed, observation deck, a club room, kitchen and toilets for the community to enjoy. Through an agreed Plan of Management with MidCoast Council and New South Wales Department of Lands, the club has been progressively developing the facilities with the assistance of the Council, State and Federal Governments.
Coomba Park is often referred to by its residents as being “heaven on earth”, offering visitors and guests great boating facilities for mooring and travel. As a solid community with familial generations of residents, Coomba Park offers an enriching and community-centric way of life that enjoys a moderate pace, with plenty of time for relaxation and downtime.
Many holiday rental homes are accesible for short or long term stays and significant opportunity for real estate investment is currently available. Interest in property sales can be directed to Property Plus Forster-Tuncurry for more information.
Photo Credits: Top photo East Coast Photography. Inset photo Ian Peden