Springbrook National Park Brisbane | Gold Coast

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  • 5 Bruce Bradford
    a month ago

    Best little walk around a great waterfall; beautiful coloured cliff faces!

  • 3 Makenzie Towson
    a month ago

    Great outdoor fun for the whole gang, however, a few changes could be implemented to enhance the overall experience 1. Rubbish bins at the car park for that takeaway coffee you grab prior to your journey 2. Direction posts as apposed to maps (as they can get confusing) Otherwise, the views were fantastic. Cheers

  • 5 Pablo Schreyvogel
    a month ago

    It's got a waterfall, it's lush, it's surrounded by green, what's not to love.

  • 5 Loni watt
    a month ago

    So many different view points and look outs, stunning scenery, treks and the freshest air.

  • 5 Sim Bryce
    a month ago

    Took a short picturesque walk to the sawmill from the car park at the end of Currumbin Creek Road. Did some clambering over the rocks in the river. Some people were swimming under the waterfalls, but I thought it too cold for that. Would be lovely in summer though

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Springbrook National Park's walking tracks have been classified so you can select a walk that matches your bushwalking experience and fitness. This classification system is based on the Australian Standards. Take time to read the key to track standards before walking in the park.

Allow 15 to 20 minutes to walk 1 kilometre. This time is calculated for people of average fitness and bushwalking experience and who are wearing ankle supporting footwear. If you are walking with young children or are an inexperienced bushwalker, allow more time to include rests and to return to your starting point.

Distances given are from the track entrance and return.

    Key to track standards

    The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be of an easier level.

    Class 1 walking trackGrade 1 track

    • No bushwalking experience required.
    • Flat, even surface with no steps or steep sections.
    • Wheelchair-accessible track with handrails at lookout.

    Class 2 walking trackGrade 2 track

    • No bushwalking experience required.
    • Easy level track, suitable for all fitness levels.
    • All junctions signposted and may include interpretive signs.

    Class 3 walking trackGrade 3 track

    • Some bushwalking experience recommended.
    • Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.
    • Distinct tracks with junctions signposted.

    Class 4 walking trackGrade 4 track

    • Bushwalking experience recommended.
    • Tracks may be long, rough and very steep with muddy sections likely to be encountered.
    • Limited signage.

    Walking tracks at a glance

    Matching experience and expectations—to make planning easier, simply match your expectations and experience with the most suitable track or trail.

    Accessed from Track nameClassification Distance return Platform lookout Natural lookout
    Springbrook plateau, Springbrook National Park
    Canyon lookoutClass 1 walking trackGrade 1 30m Yes Yes
    Buliya-buliya jagunland of many little birds boardwalk Class 2 walking trackGrade 2 100m Yes -
    Goomoolahra Falls lookout trackClass 2 walking trackGrade 2 200m Yes -
    Best of All lookout trackClass 2 walking trackGrade 2 600m Yes -
    Purling Brook Falls circuitClass 3 walking trackGrade 3 4km Yes -
    Warringa Pool trackClass 3 walking trackGrade 3 6km - -
    Twin Falls circuitClass 3 walking trackGrade 3 4km Yes -
    Warrie circuitClass 4 walking trackGrade 4 17km Yes Yes
    Natural Bridge section, Springbrook National ParkNatural Bridge circuitClass 2 walking trackGrade 2  1km Yes -
    Mount Cougal section, Springbrook National ParkCascades trackClass 2 walking trackGrade 2 1.6km Yes -

    Walking tracks on Springbrook plateau

    Several vantage points on the plateau provide extensive views of the surrounding ranges, foothills and the coastline. Constructed lookouts, providing safe viewing, are easily accessible via a short walk. Be aware that these lookouts are often shrouded by cloud, even when the weather is fine and sunny on the coast. For the best views, visit on clear, smoke-free days.

    Visit Gauriemabah—place of stories, at the old schoolhouse on Old School Road, and discover the many tales of Springbrook. Enter the old playshed and step into the playground of the past. The schoolhouse was Springbrook's first schoolhouse built in 1911. Read more about Springbrook’s history in the cultural section.

    Gauriemabah is open between 8.00am and 3.30pm daily, not including weekends and public holidays. Public toilets are located beside the centre. Please note that this centre is not staffed and if you need to contact a ranger please see contact details.

    Alternatively, a community tourist information centre operates opposite Wunburra lookout between 10am and 2pm on weekends, with volunteers providing tourist information such as visitor attractions, accommodation and tour guides.

    Class 2 walking trackBuliya-buliya jagun—land of many little birds boardwalk (Grade 2)

    Distance: 100m return

    Time: Allow about 5min

    Details: Visit the plateau's montane heathland boardwalk and lookout 100m from Gaureimabah—place of stories. Look and listen for the many little birds as you venture along the boardwalk to the lookout or rest at the seating. Views from the lookout are dominated by the Gold Coast City high-rise framed by the Coral Sea that stretches to the horizon.

    Class 1 walking trackCanyon lookout (Grade 1)

    Distance: 30m return

    Time: Allow about 5min

    Details: Step out of your vehicle and you're there! Take in the superb views of Twin and Rainbow falls, the sheer walls of The Canyon and the ocean beyond. The spectacular views from Canyon lookout are a result of millions of years of erosion, landslides and weathering. These geological processes will continue to shape the landscape before you. This location is the starting point for the Twin Falls and Warrie circuits.

    Class 2 walking trackGoomoolahra Falls lookout track (Grade 2)

    Distance: 200m return

    Time: Allow about 5mins

    Details: The track passes through the Goomoolahra picnic area and takes walkers to two lookouts at the top of the 60m high Goomoolahra Falls. On a clear day the north facing views stretch to Stradbroke and Moreton islands and Moreton Bay.

    Class 2 walking trackBest of All lookout track (Grade 2)

    Distance: 600m return

    Time: Allow about 30min walking time

    Details: Walk through ancient Antarctic beech forest to a view of northern New South Wales dominated by Mount Warning, the lava plug at the centre of the erosion caldera of the extinct Tweed shield volcano. The small pocket of Antarctic beech forest Nothofagus moorei is one of our remaining links to the ancient forests of Gondwana that occurred here during a past cooler climate. Nothofagus forests were once widespread across the continent and provided a habitat for many animals that have long since disappeared from our landscape.

    Class 3 walking trackPurling Brook Falls circuit (Grade 3)

    dangerDANGER: Sheer cliffs and waterfalls. One slip could be fatal—serious injury or death may result from walking near the edge. Keep to the track. Supervise children closely.

    Important! For visitor safety Purling Brook Falls has a restricted access area (PDF, 103.1KB) at the top and base (PDF, 89.1KB) of the waterfall. Access to the area indicated on the map is prohibited. Penalties apply.

    Distance: 4km return

    Time: Allow about 2hrs walking time. Note: it is easier to walk the track in a clockwise direction. If including the Warringa Pool track, which leads downstream from the base of the falls, add another 2km and allow another 40min to return.

    Caution: Sections of the Purling Brook Falls circuit and Warringa Pool track are part of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk: arrow markers indicate the walk. This is an arduous walk. Please do not attempt it unless you are a Great Walker and have a copy of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk topographic map.

    Details: Pass through open eucalypt forest of New England ash Eucalyptus campanulata, where fire-adapted species such as lepidozamias, hakeas and various wildflowers grow, before descending into the gorge to view the falls from below. After crossing the suspension bridge a steady climb through forest brings the walker back to the picnic area. Water flowing over Purling Brook Falls is high quality because its catchment is protected in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Walking in this area is a privilege. Be responsible for keeping the catchment clean—practice minimal impact bushwalking.

    Note: After significant rainfall, parts of the Purling Brook walking track may be closed for public safety. Access is generally still available to the western lookout during these closures. Please ensure you check the Park alerts before you visit this park.

    Class 3 walking trackWarringa Pool track (Grade 3)

    Distance: 6km return

    Time: Allow 3hr return from Gwongorella picnic area

    Caution: The Warringa Pool track is part of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk: arrow markers indicate the walk. This is an arduous walk. Please do not attempt it unless you are a Great Walker and have a copy of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk topographic map.

    Details: This track branches off the Purling Brook Falls circuit near the base of the falls and continues for 1km to end at Warringa Pool. Surrounded by rainforest, Little Nerang Creek continues to carve the boulders it flows over. This is part of the Hinze Dam catchment so be a responsible walker and practice minimal impact bushwalking. Be aware that the rocks may be slippery, even when they appear dry .

    Note: After significant rainfall, the Warringa Pool track may be closed for public safety. Please ensure you check the Park alerts before you visit this park.

    Class 3 walking trackTwin Falls circuit (Grade 3)

    dangerDANGER: Sheer cliffs and waterfalls. One slip could be fatal—serious injury or death may result from walking near the edge. Keep to the track. Supervise children closely.

    Distance: 4km return

    Time: Allow about 2hr walking time

    Caution: Tracks behind the waterfalls may be slippery, even when they appear dry.

    Details: Start this walk from Tallanbana trailhead or Canyon lookout. Follow the track in an anti-clockwise direction to take advantage of the interpretive signs, which guide the walker through different forest types. Pass behind two waterfalls, through rock clefts and among palms and treeferns. Notice the smooth, pink bark of the brush box Lophostemon confertus that occur along the track. Similar brush box in other parts of this World Heritage area have been radiocarbon-dated at 1500 years, making these trees the oldest ever carbon-dated on Australia's mainland.

    Class 4 walking trackWarrie circuit (Grade 4)

    dangerDANGER: Sheer cliffs and waterfalls. One slip could be fatal—serious injury or death may result from walking near the edge. Keep to the track. Supervise children closely.

    Distance: 17km return

    Time: Allow about 5 to 6hr walking time

    Caution:

    • Natural creek crossings may be impassable after heavy rain. Allow enough time to finish the walk in daylight hours.
    • Some sections of the circuit may be excessively overgrown; hazards such as fallen trees and rockfalls likely to be present. Exercise caution when walking.

    Details: Start at Canyon lookout or Tallanbana trailhead. The longest and most interesting track on the plateau follows the base of The Canyon cliffs to Goomoolahra Falls before descending into the mossy green depths of the rainforest. The track (named with the Aboriginal word 'Warrie', meaning 'rushing water') crosses several creeks and gullies. The track reaches the 'Meeting of the Waters', where all watercourses draining The Canyon meet, then climbs up the western side of the gorge. The moist and shady conditions at the base of Goomoolahra Falls provide an ideal habitat for the giant spear lilies Doryanthes palmeri. This succulent herb is one of only two members of the Doryanthiacea plant family, which is endemic to Australia.

    Walking in Natural Bridge section

    The natural rock bridge, plunging waterfall and arched cave are surrounded by subtropical rainforest in the beautiful Numinbah Valley.

    Nestled under the western ramparts of Springbrook plateau, the lush subtropical rainforest does not immediately disclose the cave and rock bridge for which the area has become famous. A display stand at the track entrance has maps and information about the park and its wildlife.

    Part of Cave Creek within the Natural Bridge section of the national park is now a restricted access area—swimming is prohibited; penalties apply. Access is restricted to protect the glow-worms and the creek's sensitive ecosystem as well as to maximise visitor safety.

    Nearby Bochow Park has picnic facilities and has access to the nearby creek. This is a popular spot during summer.

    Note: There is very poor mobile phone reception in this area.

    Class 2 walking trackNatural Bridge circuit (Grade 2)

    Distance: 1km return

    Time: Allow about 1hr walking time.

    Note: Due to long sets of stairs, it is easier to walk this track in a clockwise direction.

    Details: A sealed circuit track takes you through the forest, across Cave Creek and into the arched cave to witness the waterfall plunging from above. 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 all conifers.

    Explore by night

    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.

    Caution: When walking at night, exercise caution and ensure you have sufficient lighting.

    To minimise your impact on the glow-worm colony and ensure the population will be here for future generations to enjoy, please follow some basic cave rules:

    • Never expose glow-worms to smoke from cigarettes or fire, bright lights or insect repellents, as these can kill them.
    • Do not shine torchlight directly on the glow-worms; they will stop glowing for up to one hour—interrupting their feeding as well as spoiling the experience for others.
    • Note: After significant rainfall, part of the Natural Bridge walking track may be closed for public safety. Access is generally still available to the glow-worm cave. Please ensure you check Park alerts before you visit this park.

    Walking in Mount Cougal section

    At the headwaters of Currumbin Valley, the twin peaks of Mount Cougal give their name to this predominantly wilderness area of subtropical rainforest and rock-strewn creek beds. A display stand at the track entrance has maps and information about the park and its wildlife.

    Note: There is very poor mobile phone reception in this area. The closest public phone is at Currumbin Rock Pools 6km back along the Currumbin Road.

    Cascades are scenic park features, but don't take risks with them! The creek contains submerged logs and rocks. Water depth is inconsistent and unpredictable. Because of moss and algae, rocks are slippery, even when they appear dry. Several people have died or suffered permanent spinal cord injuries after jumping or diving into the creek. Take notice of park signs.

    Class 2 walking trackCascades track (Grade 2)

    dangerDANGER: The creek contains submerged logs and rocks. Serious injury or death may result from jumping or diving in this water. Take care on rocks, as they may be slippery.

    Distance: 1.6km return

    Time: Allow about 1hr walking time

    Details: The 800m, bitumen path has a gradual uphill rise and is suitable for prams and assisted wheelchair access. Walk through subtropical rainforest beside Currumbin Creek to a viewing platform overlooking scenic cascades. Follow self-guiding signs to the historic sawmill and discover the park's past. The mill is a vivid reminder of the days when forests were valued only for their millable timber. Take time to reflect on why we need forests like those at Mount Cougal.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.