Purling Brook Falls Circuit and Warringa Pool

Springbrook National Park
Many walks are currently closed due to COVID-19. Please,
  • check the walk's official website to confirm if the track is open
  • turn back if it looks like the track is too busy when you get there

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!

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Maximum Elevation



Topographic maps can be generated using QTOPO: http://qtopo.dnrm.qld.gov.au/Mobile/

Route/Trail notes

The walk is well signposted, easy to follow and can be done in either direction, although it is recommended that you follow the track in a clockwise direction so that you walk down the 450 steps and back up via a much gentler gradient. There is one junction where the Warringa Pool track splits at the base of Purling Brook Falls.

Be sure to keep out of the prohibited access areas along the creek at the top of the falls and the old track that used to pass behind the falls.

The track is closed in times of heavy rain or fire danger. Large gates prevent access - do not bypass these when they are closed. Check the NPWS website before you go to check if the track is currently closed: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/

If you plan on swimming they request you don't swim at the base of the falls and instead follow the track down to Warringa Pool. This is to limit impact on the wildlife in the pool at the base of the falls.


There is no cost or permits required for doing this walk.

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Waterfalls were flowing really well. Went for a swim at Warringal rock pools, the water was freezing. There are a lot of stairs but the hike is overall very easy. The trail is very well signed and easy to follow.

Frenzy Adventures on 10 Feb, 2021

Absolutely stunning walk & lovely swim at the Warringal Pool, recommend!!

Jenny Duckworth on 24 Jan, 2021

Great walk
9km for circuit and Waringa Pool extension. Today the track was muddy - walking sticks were really useful!
We arrived early and encountered a few people but by the time we left (2.5 hours) it was very very busy

The Waringa pool track is not signposted but the map makes it clear when to veer off the circuit. Take a left before you go down to the falls on the circuit path.

Otherwise it is well signposted.

Really doable walk. Heavily canopied so lots of sun protection.

Tania Waring on 17 Jan, 2021

We did this walk yesterday with 6 kids in tow. The youngest being 3 who I carried most of the walk.
The waterfall is beautiful and worth the walk, it was really flowing after the rain we’ve had.
We did about 9km return, down to Warringa Pool and back to the top. Pool was cold but a great dip.
We got rained on so very muddy trek back to the top.
Take snacks and water and definitely insect repellent before you start your walk.
I probably wouldn’t do this full walk again with the kids, it was a lot for them and they said they don’t want to go again.

Annie on 2 Jan, 2021

It was an amazing walk, its an easy walk; I was with a large group; many had not much experience in the bush. They loved it. The waterfall is brilliant after rain, standing on the rocks near the base, I was saturated from the spray. Very exhilarating.

RosieG on 1 Jan, 2021

Great walk! Did it with our 10 month old in the baby carrier.

Mumdadbaby on 31 Dec, 2020

The falls looked amazing after all the recent rains. Very busy as you would imagine at the moment but well worth it, just get there early to beat the crowds on the weekend.

Chewie on 27 Dec, 2020

Good fairly easy walk did clockwise

Kmxfitness on 26 Dec, 2020

Just a lovely walk, we did it with a very slow 84 year old, she loved it had a great time.

RosieG on 12 Dec, 2020

This is a beautiful walk. Very easy and manageable. We also walked to the Warringa Pool for a refreshing dip. This made the trip a bit longer (2 easy Ks) but well worth it. It’s very dry at the moment. Water levels are low so the waterfalls have much less water in them than usual. Would love to go back again when we get rain. Purling Brook Falls were beautiful regardless - a spectacular drop and gorge.

Caroline on 6 Dec, 2020

It’s a 4K round loop, simple, walk down the ridge to the falls then walk back, toilets by the car park. Not to difficult , they say start clockwise to avoid steps coming back. It’s a well worn track, signed and hand railings part of the way.I went on a Thursday about 10.30 am, it was raining but the carpark was pretty full, weekends would be packed, always take your trash back. No dogs allowed.

miike2000 on 23 Oct, 2020

A nice walk all along. It's worth pushing a bit down to the water holes. There is a sign no one reads asking to refrain from swimming under the fall in the first water holes impacting to the local flore & fauna and by respect to the indigenes, but no one seems to care!
Sadly, instead I saw people sitting on the sign to get a picture of themselves with this nice backdrop.

matthias levy on 18 Oct, 2020

Walked this with my wife and 2 daughters (6yr and 9yr). The steps were a little high/steep for my youngest but she scrambled like a seasoned professional. Thankfully we packed ponchos and raincoats, as when we got to the pools an old fashioned QLD storm rolled in and we hiked back up in the clouds. Beautiful views throughout the entire walk. Great for families but might be best for the older kids (especially during a storm). Had to carry my youngest the last kilometre.

Six on 17 Oct, 2020

A good walk, with some great views

Dino on 2 Oct, 2020

Pretty walk, but PACKED. Rarely got enough of a gap between people for it to be really quiet. And everyone went swimming under the falls, where all the signs say not to swim. Might have to go back in autumn on a weekday.

Tammy H on 27 Sep, 2020

Beautiful waterfall and easy walk

Jade on 20 Sep, 2020

I love this walk as it is close to the Gold Coast, very scenic and very enjoyable. I have done this walk a few time already and never get tired of it.

Brian on 4 Sep, 2020

Great cardio workout, but not difficult if you are half-fit, or as my friend used to say - "f". Go anti clockwise, like the sign says. Don't take a stroller, like the people I passed. 2 hrs would be a nice pace.

Michael Foxall on Sep, 2020

The lovely easy walk to the bottom of the gorge where you see the lovely Purlingbrook Falls. You can swim there. Can get crowded so best to go early.

skippyedo on 23 Aug, 2020

We started the walk at about 10.45 am. There were lot of people. Making everyone aware - when going for walks/ hikes please make sure that you are not kicking or throwing rocks. My wife got hit by a rock which we believe was either thrown by someone above or accidentally kicked. Either way it is safer to take care. She got 9 staples for almost an inch long injury. It could have been worse. Also a good idea is to wear soft caps/hats. I think this will be mandatory for us now.
We had to return after this incident and could not complete the walk.

Anant Relekar on 14 Aug, 2020


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