Poona Lake walk

Great Sandy National Park

Easy walk through tall forest with kauri and hoop pines, piccabeen palms and strangler figs

Swimming
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
Coastal
Rainforest

Getting there

Start at Bymien picnic area. Turn off 4km south of Rainbow Beach, onto Freshwater Rd until you reach Bymien day-use area. 2WD vehicles can access the first 3km—off Rainbow Beach Road—to a small rainforest patch surrounding the Bymien picnic area, a cool, shaded spot with information displays, toilets and tables (wheelchair-accessible) and a short walk among some of the area’s best representative rainforest species.

Maps

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/great-walks-cooloola/pdf/cooloola-gw-topo.pdf

Route/Trail notes

From the Bymien day-use area enjoy this magical walk up a rainforested sand dune and then down to the secluded paperbark-fringed lake. Turn off the Dundathu circuit, and meander through tall rainforest with towering kauri and hoop pines, strangler figs engulfing their host trees, and thin, tall piccabeen palms reaching for sunlight. Large, broad-leaved lilly pillies flower in spring then blanket the rainforest floor with white berries, attracting fruit-eating birds.

Listen for catbirds and wompoo pigeons and glimpse noisy pittas. Walk down through carrol scrub to the shores of the scenic perched lake and marvel at the variety of plants that grow in the Cooloola sandmass.

Permits/Costs

Free

Other References

https://findapark.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola/poona-lake-walk-track

Comments

An awesome easy walk to a beautiful lake! A must do if in the area.

S K on 28 Jun, 2019

A beautiful lake; not much birdlife on the day we went.

Anoogle on 28 Jun, 2019

Easy track, plenty of scenery. Look for the blue mushrooms.

Muzza on 4 May, 2019

This is a quite an easy walk. The sand at the lake was very white and the water invited to a refreshing swim.

Linus Nyqvist on 26 Sep, 2017

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