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Poona Lake gem

Amazing hidden lake accessible by foot (approx. 40min walk) through rainforest. Must see for all... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rainbow Beach, Australia

Poona Lake was fabulous! The walk there is somewhat longer then you think it will be but it's... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Homer, Alaska
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“km walk”(3 reviews)
“white sand”(6 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Little Freshwater Rd | Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola National Park, Rainbow Beach, Queensland 4580, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Amazing hidden lake accessible by foot (approx. 40min walk) through rainforest. Must see for all members of the family and friends. Don't let the drive in daunt you accessible by 2wd

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

Poona Lake was fabulous! The walk there is somewhat longer then you think it will be but it's through a quiet and peaceful rainforest and then you arrive at the most peaceful and serene lake and you know that the walk there has definitely been...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank GingerTreeFrog
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Bit hard to find but the kindred locals will help. Road in rough but useful, then a beautiful 30 minute trek through magnificent ferns and trees to the white sands bordering the lake. Be quiet and the birds reward you with their chorus's, fluttering round...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank DarvdT
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Poona Lake was a lovely rustic picnic, relaxing and swimming destination. Don’t expect picnic tables, barbecues and toilets but think white sand to sit on, a quiet pretty place with trees, reeds and some water birds. Just a few km walk away are clean drop...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank TravellerFaye
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I was a bit worried the walk would be tough, but it was amazing. The rain forest was spectacular. Not too easy a walk but not too hard. I wouldn’t recommend trying to get a stroller through as I saw someone trying to do. The...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Tracy V
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

This place is definitely worth the walk! First you get to walk through the rainforest before arriving at Poona Lake to cool off after your walk. Nice little quiet place to sit & enjoy before taking the walk back you your car.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank cait980
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

We drove our 2wd to the Bymien Picnic area and parked the car. Walked the 2.1klms bush track to the lake. The walk going in is more difficult than coming out and suggest you need to be a person who can walk at least 4klm...More

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank AussieGreggie
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

A long work but worth it for the beautiful swimming lake. White sands with unusual coloured warm water. Stunning

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Melissabrisvagas
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

If you like an easy and quiet rainforest walk interrupted by a dip in a warm freshwater lake, this is the place for you. Bymien picnic area is a short drive from Rainbow Beach proper, the last part on a fairly rough gravel road (Freshwater...More

Date of experience: January 2018
6  Thank homeboy2018
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

A bumpy gravel road to car park and lovely picnic area with information board and toilets. The walk is 2.1kms one way and quite strenuous in places. The scenery through bush walk was lovely, take water as very humid. After downhill walk the lake appeared...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank chillylin
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Response from chillylin | Reviewed this property |
we were going to to but saw a snake swimming. other people were swimming the other end.