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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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

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

Fun scenic walk. Very clearly marked and not too difficult. Saw some people take a dip at the bottom of the falls.

sbrn3 on 4 Jul, 2020

Stunning hike. Great to do it during the week when there were less people around. Had morning tea at the rockpool which was really nice. Track including the rockpool ended up being 8.1kms. Easy walking and carried a 7 month old on my back.

Leith on 22 Jun, 2020

왼쪽으로 가자.
바닥까지 내려가서 다시 올라오는
그닥 어렵진 않은 2시간 코스

paris on 20 Jun, 2020

Drizzling rain and late arvo sun peaking through the clouds gave us this time a perfect atmoshere.

Wanderlust on 19 Jun, 2020

Nicest walk I've done so far and not many people either on weekday afternoon. I did the whole walk including Warringa Pool in 2 hrs, although I was walking pretty fast as I arrived late and it got dark.

Clem on 17 Jun, 2020

With Tracey Harbourne & Karen Palin

Kimmi on 4 Jun, 2020

Nice walk the is easy going that most people can do. Good walk to pack some food and chill at Warringa pool and swim. Very full and fresh right now

Adam on 9 Feb, 2020

Absolutely beautiful. Did it with 3 kids in just over 4 hours stopping about 4 times and getting caught in the rain.

We stupidly walked back up the way we came down *the stairs.* which took a bit longer.

Sandra on Feb, 2020

One of my favs

SharnaR on 22 Jan, 2020

8.1 km all up - walked from the camp ground to begin this walk (camped overnight). Lovely walk however, my highlight were the birds coming down to drink from the creek at the end - if you are a birder spend some waiting time there.

Anoogle on 10 Jan, 2020

Started at the Settlement Camp Ground and walked across the very green paddock to the parking area and information hut at the Gwongorella picnic area. There is good signage all the way to Purling Brook circuit. We walked clockwise, stopping at the lookouts and onto Warringa Pool. Still plenty of water for a swim but just trickles coming over Purling Brook Falls. A beautiful location to see some wildlife - lace monitors, big black shiny lizards (land mullets), plenty of birdlife as well. A total of 8.1km return to the campground in 3hrs at an extremely leisurely pace spotting wildlife.

S K on 9 Jan, 2020


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