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

Parent Regions

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 - http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?parkid=31

Very Easy
700 m
30 mins

Best of All Lookouts

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.

Very Easy
1.6 km
1 hr

Cougal Cascades

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).

Hard
10 km
5 hrs

Mt Cougal

A walk along the border fence line to the twin summits of Mt Cougal.There are excellent views from the top!

Very Easy
1 km
30 mins

Natural Bridge

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.

Easy
4 km
2 hrs

Purlingbrook Falls

Start Point:Springbrook's most popular walk starts in the rainforest at Gwongorella picnic area. Best walked in a clockwise direction
From the Purling Brook Falls lookout in Springbrook National Park, take the track along the top of the cliffs through open forest sprinkled with cycads to the top of Tanninaba Falls. From here, you can see the Gold Coast and Purling Brook Valley.

The track leads down 450 steps into the rainforested valley and along to spectacular Tanninaba Falls which is almost concealed within rock. Continue through the rainforest to the Purling Brook Falls that plunge more than 100 metres into the valley.

A sidetrack leads one kilometre down the creek to the rainforest fringed Waringa Pool. Admire buttress roots, epiphytes, and a grove of piccabeen palms along the way to the falls. The track then steadily winds its way back up to the cliff tops through open eucalypt forest with a wildflower heath understorey.

About the Walk


Very Hard
12 km
4 hrs

Springbrook Pinnacle

This is hard, very Hard,It starts at Tallanbana picnic area and finishes at the end of austinville road.
start the warrie circuit and work your way down until you reach somewhere near where the track turns back around 135 degrees left around three large trees in a triangle formation from there stray off the track and go bush!.
turn on you gps and punch in (lat 28* 12' 12'' S) (lon 153* 17' 46'' E)
follow the ridge line and try keep as high on top of it as you can and from there continue untill you reach the end where you can either go left or right, go right and then follow your gps, once you reach the base of it, take a good glance and put safety first, if you don't have a strong climbing/scrambling background it might be best not to summit the scramble, up to the summit is probally a grade 2 on the australian sport climbing scale, its recommended to even take harnesses, nuts/hexs, quickdraws, slings and a alpine rope and mabye a few free biners just to be safe and use them in a glaicer travel style manner, on your way back go the same way you went up and then travel along the east face heading north, from there you might have one little rappel but you will be funneled into a very faint track after about 3 ks ends at a pile of rocks with a pink flag on top, head left and follow retired fire trail, turn left when you reach the new fire trail and finish at the end of Austinville Road

Medium
4 km
90 mins

Twin Falls Circuit

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

Easy
17 km
5 hrs

Warrie Circuit

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