Cooloolabin Dam is the perfect place to skip rocks. You can wander down to the edge of the water, and let the competition amongst the siblings begin (or is that just us…?).  

skimming rocks at cooloobin dam

Off the beaten track and hidden amongst bushland, Cooloolabin Dam is about 5km out of Yandina. It’s ungated, so when the dam fills to 100% the water spills over the 243 metre dam wall.  You can get notified when that happens by signing up at Seqwater. At the time of taking this pic, the Dam was 78% full.

Cooloolabin supplies parts of the Sunshine Coast with water and has a catchment area of only 8.1km. It’s surrounded by Mapleton State Forest with plenty of walking tracks, a few picnic tables under some trees, some port-a-loos, and a small park with a swing set. While you can’t boat, you can fish from the shore!

At the time of writing the bike tracks and surrounding areas were closed for construction and renovations of the site were underway so you couldn’t walk around the Dam, but in time this will make Cooloolabin Dam a recreation site for biking and hiking enthusiasts! Can’t wait!

If your hungry head back into Yandina town to one of the cafe’s or the local Yandina Market on a Saturday morning! While your out that way check out Wappa Dam too or make your way to the nearby Ginger Factory!  


You will find Cooloolabin Dam off Cooloolabin Road, signed at the entrance. If your coming up from the South of the Sunshine Coast, get the kids to keep an eye out for the Big Cow while your driving!

It’s open 7 days a week 6am – 6pm.

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