Springbrook National Park

Summary

Springbrook is a 29.2 square kilometre National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Only 90 minutes from Brisbane, Springbrook comprises a range of beautiful sub-tropical rainforest, spectacular lookouts and breathtaking waterfalls.

The park is part of the World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforests and consists of three sections: Springbrook Plateau, Natural Bridge and Mount Cougal (The Cougals).

Popular Walks

History

Timber getters arrived in the late 1800's they cut down red cedars and beech. In approx 1905 farmers came to the plateau and cleared for settlement and dairy farming.

Features

Waterfalls are the most common feature for the plateau. Natural Bridge, which consists of a waterfall plunging into a cave, is very popular and only a short walk. Possibilities for off-track walks are also available.

Access

Springbrook Plateau Section

Take the Mudgeeraba exit from the Pacific Highway (exit 79 from the north, exit 80 from the south) and follow Gold Coast-Springbrook Rd or take exit 69 (Nerang) and follow Nerang-Murwillimbah Rd for 42km till the Springbrook turnoff at Pine Creek Rd

Natural Bridge Section

Take the Nerang Exit from the Pacific Highway (exit 69) and follow Nerang-Murwillimbah Rd for 30km to the park entrance (on the left).

Mt Cougal Section

Take the Currumbin Exit from the Pacific Highway (exit 93) and keep following Currumbin Valley Rd to the end.

 

Maps

Sunmap Springbrook shows most of the park at 1:25000. The Currumbin and Beechmont maps are useful for the adjoining sections of the border route.

Accommodation

Camping

The Settlement Campground on the plateau. Bookings are made through the National Park office.

A number of private campgrounds are available in the area.

Other

A range of other accommodation is available in the immediate area and of course the Gold Coast is in short driving distance.

Contact details

National Park Website - https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/about.html

Hard
8.7 km return
4 hrs

Pages Pinnacle Eastern Approach via Neranwood Break

A steep ascent of 368 meters over the first two kilometers up Neranwood Break before following Pinnacle Break to the Pages Pinnacle footpad on the right where The Razorback Ridge is then traversed to the summit.

Easy
10 km return
4 hrs

Purling Brook Falls & Natural Bridge

What can't you say about this majestic place. Around every corner is nature at its best with the bonus of waterfalls. This trek was a very easy 10ks with beauty that can not be matched. Enjoy. The 4hr trek was only because we were doing the tourist thing. I estimate 1.5hrs.

Medium
5 km return
2 hrs

Purling Brook Falls Circuit and Warringa Pool

Together with Twin Falls Circuit, one of the must do's in this Park. Viewpoints, waterfalls, swimming holes, wildlife, name it, it is there! Optionally add an extra 2km to reach the lower Warringa pool. Follow path clockwise to avoid walking up 450 steps!

Hard
20 km return
7 hrs

Springbrook Pinnacle

This walk takes you to the Springbrook Pinnacle via the Warrie Circuit. The Pinnacle requires scrambling but offers 360 panoramic views. The Warrie Circuit goes through rainforest with many waterfalls to see and go under.

Hard
11.5 km return
4.5 hrs

The Cream Track

The Cream Track is the name given to a track which generally follows Road Reserve from Springbrook Mountain to Tallebudgera Valley, including some sections of private property and National Park.

Hard
6 km return
2.5 hrs

The Pinnacle and Fairview Mountain via Valley Break

From the end of Austinville rd follow the 4wd track of Valley Break to Fairview Mountain and then turn left onto a at times overgrown single track till The Pinnacle (Springbrook Pinnacle) which is contoured around to the right where the route up becomes apparent (on the opposite side of the pinnacle as of that you approached (Southern side)). A scramble to the summit which offers 360 views.

Medium
4 km
90 mins

Twin Falls Circuit

A rewarding sheltered walk through rainforest rock clefts and behind the twin falls.

Hard
17 km return
5 hrs

Warrie Circuit

Beautiful walk through the valley. Pass and go through lots of waterfalls and rainforest.

Stop at Apple Tree Park for toilet stop on way. Circuit is another 5-10min drive from there.

Public toilets are also located at Tallanbana Picnic Area approximately 300m on the right before Canyon Lookout where Warrie Circuit begins - toilets are set back off the road and can't be seen from the road, but, they're there just behind the picnic tables.

Cuts across the Ngarri-dhum Falls a few times in one half, and the Little Nerang Creek in the other half. The half way point is the Meeting of the Waters where (as the name suggests) the two creeks meet.

Easy
2 km return
45 mins

Warringa Pool Track

This is the additional park to Purlingbrook Falls that leads down to the rock pools. A nice cascade half way down and several cascades surrounding the pools. This is also part of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

Medium
11.6 km return
3.5 hrs

Waterfall Creek Trail

Great Walk Trail and Forest Management trail leading to the Waterfall Creek.