Bymien day-use area
Enjoy a respite from the sun when you picnic in the midst of subtropical rainforest and watch birds as they feed on rainforest fruits.
- Conventional vehicle
- Picnic tables
- Toilets (non-flush)
Relax over a lazy picnic in this magical rainforest setting, under towering piccabeen palms. Once you are refreshed, continue exploring Freshwater Road by 4WD or set out on a walk. Stroll along Dandathu circuit through rainforest or take the longer Poona Lake walk along white sandy shores. You can also access the Cooloola Great Walk from here.
See colourful wompoo pigeons and the rose-crowned fruit-doves feeding on red fruits of piccabeen palms—watch out for falling fruit! Spot noisy pittas feasting on snails on the forest floor, and in spring, admire the vibrant purple and white flowers of native wisteria vine near the sign.
Getting there and getting around
Bymien day-use area is in Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach (155km–240km north of Brisbane).
- This day-use area is in the northern part of Cooloola, on Freshwater Road 4WD track.
- You can access Bymien day-use by 2WD from Rainbow Beach and by 4WD from the Cooloola Beach drive.
From Rainbow Beach
- From Rainbow Beach township drive about 5km back along Rainbow Beach Road, turn left onto Freshwater Road and drive a further 3km to the day-use area.
- Vehicle access permits are not required if you are travelling from Rainbow Beach Road (unless you plan to travel past the day-use area along Freshwater Road to Cooloola's beach).
Getting to Rainbow Beach
- From Brisbane, drive about 160km north on the Bruce Highway towards Gympie. At the southern edge of Gympie, turn onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 42km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
- From Maryborough, drive 57km south on the Cooloola Coast Road, then turn left onto Tin Can Bay Road and drive 3.5km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
- Drive 29km along Rainbow Beach Road into Rainbow Beach township.
From Cooloola Beach drive
- The day-use area is also accessible by high-clearance 4WD via the Cooloola Beach drive, by driving 12km inland along Freshwater Road 4WD track.
- A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area.
- Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
- Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
- At Rainbow Beach, visit the Shell service station, or the QPWS Visitor Information Centre in Rainbow Beach for vehicle access permits, also camping permits and other information (business hours only).
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Before you visit
Bymien day-use area is open 24 hours a day
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
For more safety information see Visiting Cooloola Recreation Area safely.
- Kings Bore Circuit temporary closure 1–16 June 2023
- Cooloola Wilderness Trail - No pedestrian access across Kin Kin Creek 4 May 2022 to 4 November 2023
- Pest management control program - Kings Bore Circuit 4 April to 31 May 2023
- Prescribed Burn Rainbow Beach 1–8 June 2023
- Portable toilets mandatory for Teewah Beach camping zones 15 March 2022 to 31 January 2024
- Prescribed Burn Poverty Point (Cooloola) 24–31 May 2023
- Permanent fire prohibition on Teewah Beach 1 April 2021 to 11 April 2024
Cooloola conditions report Updated 4 May 2023
Critical information for your safety is included in the conditions report—always check it before you visit.