Favourite Walks – Poona Lake

A few kilometers from town, on the Gympie road, take the Freshwater Road to the left. Travel 3km on a good gravel surface to bring you to Bymien, which is the limit for conventional vehicles. Toilets and picnic tables are available here.

Liam Dennis in Poona Lake

Liam Dennis in Poona Lake

Take the rainforest trail. From Dandathu track, climb a rainforested high dune before descending through carrol (grey myrtle) scrub to the white sandy beach and tea-coloured waters of this perched lake.

Perched lakes such as Lake Poona in Cooloola are Great Sandy National Parks’s most common type of lake. They develop when a saucer-shaped ‘hard pan’ of organic debris, sand and peat forms in a depression between dunes. Water collects, slowly filtering to the watertable below.

Photo courtesy of Rainbow-Beach.org

Perfect in the warmer months with the refreshing water and goannas and yabbies to spot. Some one has installed a rope swing since our last visit – irresistible for the young at heart!

Allow approximately 40 minutes each way unless your children ran all the way like our friend’s family did!

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