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).
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.
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.
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
Take the Nerang Exit from the Pacific Highway (exit 69) and follow Nerang-Murwillimbah Rd for 30km to the park entrance (on the left).
Take the Currumbin Exit from the Pacific Highway (exit 93) and keep following Currumbin Valley Rd to the end.
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.
The Settlement Campground on the plateau. Bookings are made through the National Park office.
A number of private campgrounds are available in the area.
A range of other accommodation is available in the immediate area and of course the Gold Coast is in short driving distance.
National Park Website - http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?parkid=31
Despite its lofty claims, this short walk is well worth the effort with excellent views of the Tweed Valley including Mt Warning, Byron Bay and The Cougals. If you haven't been there, make sure to stop off next time you're on the plateau.
A short walk next to Currumbin Creek. Great for a short walk not too far from the Gold Coast or for cooling off on a hot day (without the sand and salt of the sea).
A walk along the border fence line to the twin summits of Mt Cougal.There are excellent views from the top!
A sealed circuit track takes you through the forest, across Cave Creek and into the arched cave to witness the waterfall plunging from above. At night the cave is illuminated by thousands of glow-worms' tiny green lights. While glow-worms are visible year-round, their display is significantly reduced during the winter months. Interpretive signs along the circuit highlight the park's special features. The hoop pines Araucaria cunninghamii that emerge through the thick greenery of the surrounding rainforest are living relics of the Jurassic Age—the age of the conifers—about 180 million years ago. These pines are 'living dinosaurs'—they are among the most primitive of conifers.
Together with Twin Falls Circuit, one of the must do's in this Park. Viewpoints, waterfalls, walking behind the fall's curtain, swimming holes, wildlife, name it, it is there!
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.
A rewarding sheltered walk through rainforest rock clefts and behind the twin falls.