Frequently asked questions
Are there any powered camp sites?
Are there any washing facilities?
No laundry or washing facilities are available. Campers must bring their own washing up bowl or bucket.
Are there any showers?
Showers are not provided at the camping area and there are no public showers available on Springbrook plateau, Natural Bridge, Mount Cougal or Numinbah sections.
Are fires allowed?
No. Fuel stoves such as gas, methylated spirits and manufactured fuels or other camping stoves can be used at picnic and camping areas. Please read more about fuel stoves before heading to the park.
Can I bring a camper trailer?
The Settlement camping area located on the Springbrook plateau is the only camping area within the park. All camp sites are well defined and suitable for tents, camper trailers and campervans.
Can I bring a caravan?
There is no caravan camping available on the park. The steep, narrow roads prevent caravans from accessing Springbrook plateau.
Will I get mobile phone service?
This depends to some extent on your carrier. Generally coverage is moderate. Coverage is better from the parts of the plateau where you can see the Gold Coast.
What do campers do upon arrival at The Settlement camping area?
Stop at the information stand at the camping area entrance to find out more about the camping area and current park news for Springbrook. Take a camping tag, unless you have a printed copy with you, to display your booking number.
Should I be worried about theft?
There have been reported thefts from cars. We recommend that you carry any valuables such as car keys, garage remotes, wallets, cameras and phones with you. Thieves favour vehicles with valuable items on show.
Can I drink the water?
Please supply all your drinking water as water quality cannot be guaranteed. If using water from the park, please boil or treat with water treatment tablets before drinking.
What will the weather be like?
The weather on Springbrook is changeable and often cooler and with more rainfall than the Gold Coast. For more information, see 'Climate and weather' or visit the Bureau of Meteorology.
Should I be concerned about snakes?
The two most common reptiles you will most likely see in Springbrook National Park are glossy black skinks known as land mullets, and sleepy carpet pythons. Snakes tend to be observed more in the warmer spring and summer months. Although there are twelve potentially dangerous species of snake in Queensland, it is unlikely that you will be at risk of being bitten.
For your safety, never attempt to pick up any type of reptile. The rule to remember is that snakes have right of way! If you see a snake, the best way to avoid being bitten is simply to leave the snake alone.
In the rare case of being bitten by a snake, seek medical attention immediately. It is recommended to carry a first-aid kit and be trained in first-aid procedures and always walk with another person.
What can I do to prevent leeches?
Leeches are common in rainforest, particularly after rain. Insect repellent on your socks helps keep them away. Seek medical advice if you have a reaction to a leech bit or bleeding persists after removal. It is recommended to carry a first-aid kit and be trained in first-aid procedures.
What should I do if I get a tick?
Ticks tend to live in forested areas with a dry, grassy understorey. However, during very dry weather periods, people have reported the occasional tick while walking on some of the rainforest walking tracks. Avoid ticks by wearing long sleeves and long trousers, hats and shoes. Apply insect repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
If you have a tick embedded under your skin, seek medical advice before removing. It is recommended to carry a first-aid kit and be trained in first-aid procedures.
- Planned upgrade to the Natural Bridge visitor precinct 27 January 2021 to 13 August 2022
- Planned upgrades - Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walks track. 26 April to 1 July 2022
- If it's flooded, forget it - even on our walking tracks 26 November 2021 to 1 July 2022