Cougal Cascades

Springbrook National Park
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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).
There are plenty of fantastic swimming holes further up the cascades if you don't mind a 20min walk upstream .

Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Exit the Gold Coast Highway (exit 95) at Currumbin onto Stewart Road and then left onto Currumbin Valley Road It is 21km to its end.


Cougal Cascades

Route/Trail notes

The Cougal Cascades track is a bitumen path which follows Currumbin Creek alongside a series of rock pools and small waterfalls. Viewing platforms are provided for viewing the cascades and a historic sawmill is found at the end of the track. The track is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The path gently rises as it follows the creek.

The creek is a great place to cool off on a hot day, but follow the warning signs and avoid diving into the creek. Picnic tables are provided.

Other References/Comments:

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Nice and easy concreted all the way through. We tried to access the Cougal summit but from the climb at the cascades following the river we couldn’t see any further pink ribbon so decided to turn around as we missed the regular way from the Garden of Eden road but COVID 19 had the border closed anyway.

matthias levy on 14 Jul, 2020

This walk says you can take dogs on leash but there are ‘no dogs’ signs everywhere . Like the rest of Springbrook NP, dogs are not welcome unfortunately.

Finley on 6 Jul, 2020

Easy walk, creek was low so easy to get upstream to explore.

Linda on 22 Sep, 2019

A regular family favourite

Mackamcb on Jan, 2019

Nice Easy stroll.. Very short. drive to the track is quote beautiful.. interesting abandoned sawmill at the end of the track. You can go down to the cascades those are beautiful as well take care though as steep.

Ashwin on 25 Aug, 2018


jjoha on 18 Feb, 2017

Easy and short as per other comments. Yes you have to climb down to see the cascades better but with a bit of care this isnt too difficult.

luvwalking on 18 Feb, 2017


Thomas M on 11 Feb, 2017

A easy, pleasant walk.

Ragas on 27 Dec, 2016

A quick walk with informative signs and a historic sawmill.

rob.bushman on 16 Oct, 2016


Bruce on 10 Jul, 2016

Ticked this one off my list whilst doing a reci for nearby Mt. Cougal. An easy family and wheelchair friendly walk up the valley to the old saw mill. There are lots of informative signage along the track providing a historic account of the area. Once a banana plantation!

You do however have to climb down to get to the creek itself and cool off in the rock pools. Heed the warnings about jumping and diving in and never attempt it in flood. I have friends that lived just 1km down the road and after any serious down poor, this can be a very, very fast and dangerous river course.

Half way along Currumbin Creek Road are the 'Rock Pools', which are also worth a stop, but due to their popularity, this area can be packed out.

F.A.B. on 4 Aug, 2015

Fantastic swimming hole to explore, very popular from about 9am onwards. Well worth the trip as it's a very short walk and close to the Currumbin Rock Pools.

Alice on 31 Jan, 2015

lovely water hole, super fun to slide down the rocks !!

Emmalea on 2015

Nice Easy Walk to Picturesque waterfalls ..

DrummerJeff on 10 May, 2014

Great walk. Very short but great for those wanting to get out of the heat & have a swim in the rock pools. There is a great old logging mill to have a look at too.

Callaghan Clan on 24 Jan, 2013

Took my 2 year old daughter on a short walk here. Nice and close to the coast and easy short walk for her to experience the walk.

Richard Mason on 7 Apr, 2012

Easy stroll beside the creek, with some nice hidden swimming holes.

Viking on 2008


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