Springbrook National Park
Activity available for: Gold Coast
Springbrook National park is part of the ancient Gondwana Rainforests, a world-heritage listed area. The area offers an abundance of nature walks and hikes with stunning geological formations and waterfalls. Situated in the Gold Coast hinterland, the area has beautiful views of the coastal and inland landscapes of the area.
While there are plenty of great walking and hiking destinations in South-East Queensland, in terms of quality of the trails, Springbrook takes first place in our book. This is beacause Springbrook has a great mixture of easy to moderate difficulty trails, all with absolutely stunning scenery and unique geology.
Your knowledgeable guide will guide you on any of the walks in this area you choose to do, giving you insight into the flora and fauna that call these ancient forests home. Below are just some of the best trails on offer here, if you’re interested there's a lot more which you can do here, discuss with your guide when you add this to Your Trip!
Difficulty: Super Easy - 1 km (0.6 mi) - 48m (160 ft) total climb
The main highlight of the park is the Natural Bridge, and you will see photos of this spot in nearly any article or brochure you read about nature hikes in Queensland. The natural bridge is a unique spot where a historical waterfall has caused an undercut cave. Rocks in the streambed above the cave swirled around to drill a pot-hole, which gradually deepened until it broke through the cave beneath. Now when you visit, you see this unique bridge formation which was actually the original waterfall lip, and now the waterfall pours through into the cave.
A super easy walk with a path to the bridge that is even paved, with only a few flights of stairs. There and back is about a kilometre in length (0.6 miles) and can be done easily within an hour. There is also a walking loop that is worth doing to see the creek and flora that surround the bridge. Note the entire walking loop is not paved, yet it is well travelled and cleared.
The Natural Bridge cave contains the largest known glow-worm habitat in South-East Queensland and is also home to a colony of microbats. Unless visiting in the late afternoon, or night there is no guarantee you will see the glowworms in the cave, and due to their sensitivity, no flashlights or lights are allowed to be shined on them, if interested in Glow Worms a guaranteed sighting is available. The below photo illustrates what you may be able to see at Natural Bridge if you are lucky!
Difficulty: Easy - 4 km (2.5 mi) - 170m (550 ft) total climb
After recent rainfalls Twin Falls is definitely Tailored Queensland’s favourite walking tack in Springbrook. The path there is easy, as you walk between boulders and unique rocky outcrops of the mountainside. The reason why we say after recent rainfall is that the stream that feeds the waterfalls is not constantly strong, and so the two waterfalls can be a bit lackluster during dry spells. Nonetheless, a beautiful trail down to the falls and a boulder at the base of the waterfalls can make for some spectacular photos.
Purling Brook Falls:
Difficulty: Moderate - 5 km (3 mi) - 205m (672 ft) total climb
A good argument could be made that this is better than Twin Falls, Purling Brook Falls has a 100m horsetail waterfall and from the starting point at the top, stunning views of the Gold Coast Hinterland. The path is well cleared and has 450 steps down to the bottom of the falls, here you can decide whether you would like to take on another 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) to visit a rockpool nearby. Otherwise the base of the falls is just as lovely, and looking up at the sheer cliff with it’s huge waterfall is a sight to behold. The walk back up is done on a gentler gradient, so while you walk down 450 steps it’s a more gentle climb on the return. Even if you don't want to take on the trail, the view from the trailed head is worth seeing:
Best of All Lookout:
Difficulty: Super Easy - 1 km (0.6 mi)
Definitely worthy of the name, a small pathway through a beautiful rainforest leads to this stunning lookout. Your guide will tell you about the Tweed Volcano that stretched out across this landscape 23 million years ago. The Springbrook plateau, where this lookout is, is a remnant of that volcano, and this lookout will provide you an opportunity to envision the vastness of this volcano and the power of nature. The lookout looks south towards the Tweed Valley and New South Wales. Giving breathtaking views of the coastal hinterland and Mount Warning, the tallest mountain in the area and the centre of the Tweed Volcano.
Tailored Queensland’s (not so) Secret Lookout:
Difficulty: A couple of steps off the road.
A controversial opinion but is this the actual best lookout here? Decide for yourself when we take you here and you can let us know what you think!