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Cooloolabin Dam: Day Use Short Walk

Cooloolabin Dam: Day Use Short Walk
Cooloolabin
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2.8km
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A relaxing stroll around a quite hinterland lake.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, recreational cyclists, mountain bikers and horse riders. (Refer to horse float suggestion in Afterwards.)

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 birds both 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.

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.
Alternatively, you can park at the falls (limited), which is only a very short walk from the car park.

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 saddletime!

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 1 km along which goes through Mapleton National Park coming out on Cooloolabin Road or Browns Creek Road.

There are several exits but most riders typically use the float parking area located on the right hand side just as you come across Mapleton National Park, 2 km from Browns Creek Road. Most riders prefer to ride from here to the Day Use area and return.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Take the Yandina exit off the M1 and head west through the first round about. 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

To the end point: The end point is the same as the starting point as it’s a small mostly circular route.

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  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for wheelchairsSuitable for wheelchairs
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for walkingSuitable for walking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for recreational cyclingSuitable for recreational cycling
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for mountain bikingSuitable for mountain biking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for horse ridingSuitable for horse riding
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for kayakingSuitable for kayaking
  • Icon showing this activity has drinking water availableDrinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity does not have drinking water availableNo drinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity has a barbeque on siteBarbeque on site
  • Icon showing this activity has a picnic table on sitePicnic table on site
  • Icon showing this activity has toilets on siteToilets on site
  • Icon showing fires are permitted at this activityFires permitted
  • Icon showing fires are prohibited at this activityFires prohibited
  • Icon showing camping is permitted at this activityCamping permitted
  • Icon showing camping is prohibited at this activityCamping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking Suitable for walking black lines Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for horse riding Suitable for horse riding Suitable for horse riding
  • No drinking water available No drinking water available No drinking water available
  • Picnic table on site Picnic table on site Picnic table on site
  • toilets on site toilets on site Toilets on site
  • Fires prohibited Fires prohibited Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited Camping prohibited Camping prohibited
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Review Date: 27/11/2018

This trail is a delightful walk by Cooloolabin Dam. Perfect for all ages and athletic abilities.

Reviewed By: Brooke

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  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
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    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
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