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
- Toilets (non-flush)
- Picnic tables
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 Manta Ray barge office, Shell service station, Rainbow Beach caravan park (BP service station) or the Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre 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.
- Smoke Alert - Cooloola Recreation Area 1 June to 31 August 2021
- South East Qld COVID lockdown 31 July to 3 August 2021
- Planned Burn Operations 2021 - Rainbow Beach 30 July to 6 August 2021
- Visitor Safety – wildlife 30 June to 30 September 2021
- Permanent fire prohibition on Teewah Beach 1 April 2021 to 13 May 2022
- Cooloola Wilderness Trail - No pedestrian access across Kin Kin Creek 13 May 2021 to 13 May 2022