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Adventure: Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Escape the hustle and bustle these school holidays and enjoy a relaxing stroll, cruise or trot around this stunning, quiet hinterland lake, located just outside of Yandina.

 
Adventure: Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Escape the hustle and bustle these school holidays and enjoy a relaxing stroll, cruise or trot around this stunning, quiet hinterland lake, located just outside of Yandina.

Suitability

The 3.1km circuit is suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities, recreational cyclists, mountain bikers and horse riders

Highlights

Cooloolabin Dam, built in 1979, offers a picturesque short trail around the peninsula close to the recreation area.

The walk begins in the recreation area with a green signpost marking the start point. The flat trail that winds through the bushland is great for littlies, or as a relaxing stroll lakeside, with beautiful openings onto the dam (follow the outside path the whole way).

Keep an eye out for birdsboth in the bush and on the dam!

You can fish from the shoreline (no permit required), just note the lake itself is off limits.

The day use area has ample parking, a little playground, picnic table and amenities.

The area also serves as the head of a trail through the adjacent Mapleton National Park. The trail uses local roads and the fire-trail network for mountain biking, horse riding and walking.

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Afterwards

Take a short drive to Jack Harrison Park at Wappa Dam. The park is filled with endless green open space, picnic tables, playground, amenities, large parking areas and lawns which stretch right down to the dam – perfect for lounging and soaking up the sun From the park, follow a short walk through the bush to Wappa Falls. Whilst this is a popular swimming hole, we urge caution in the water and accessing the pool as the rocks can be slippery.

Mountain bikers – it is possible to walk or mountain bike the whole way around the lake, and down the mountain on fire trails if you want some serious saddle-time!

Horse riders can enjoy a longer ride by continuing on Cooloolabin Road towards Yandina, turning left into Buckby Road and then taking a track on the right about 1km along which goes through Mapleton National Park coming out on Cooloolabin Road or Browns Creek Road.

How to get there

Take the Yandina exit off the M1 and head west through the first roundabout. At the second roundabout turn left into Fleming Street. At the traffic lights, cross over Farrell Street and you are on Old Gympie Road, follow this to Cooloolabin Road. Keep driving along Cooloolabin Road until you see Cooloolabin Dam day parking/picnic area on your right. It’s about 10.5km from Yandina.

Trail

  

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

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Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk

Cooloolabin Dam – Day use short walk


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