Things to do
Camping is available at The Settlement camping area on Springbrook plateau. Camping permits must be booked in advance, online or by phone. Fees apply.
- Find out more about The Settlement camping area.
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
- Read Before you visit for information about essentials to bring with you when camping in Springbrook National Park.
Camping is not permitted anywhere else in Springbrook National Park other than at The Settlement camping area.
View the Camping information.
There are several privately-run campgrounds, guesthouse, lodges and bed and breakfasts within a short distance of Springbrook National Park. For more information see the tourism information links below.
Springbrook National Park offers a wide range of walking opportunities ranging from 300m to 54km in length.
The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk can either start or finishes at The Settlement camping area. If you are interested in undertaking this 54km walk, please read the walk's details so you can better plan your Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
View the Journeys information for walking track details.
A number of commercial operators conduct night tours to Natural Bridge section of Springbrook National Park to view the glow-worms. You can discover the glow-worms at night without joining a tour but the basic cave rules must be followed. For more information see the tourism information links.
There are several popular picnic areas. No rubbish bins are provided in Springbrook National Park—please take your rubbish home with you. Electric barbecues are provided throughout the park.
All picnic areas on the plateau have toilets and sheltered picnic areas. Springbrook plateau can be cool and rainy at all times of the year so carry a raincoat and warm clothing. Cliffs and waterfalls are spectacular but dangerous features of the park. All creeks on the plateau abruptly become waterfalls.
Rocks are slippery, even when they appear dry. Keep to walking tracks and supervise children closely—wandering off tracks could be fatal.
- View the two Purling Brook Falls restricted access areas located at the top and bottom of the waterfall area.
The Gwongorella picnic area map provides details of where to find wheelchair car parking and wheelchair-friendly picnic facilities. Please use car parks provided. If the car park is full, park at The Settlement picnic area and access the Gwongorella picnic area via a short walking track. There is no wheel-chair parking at this location.
The Settlement picnic area, located opposite The Settlement camping area, features a large, flat grassed area suitable for large group activities. If you are planning to conduct a non-commercial organised activity in the park, you may need an organised event permit.
Natural Bridge section
A sheltered picnic table and toilets are provided. Water is not suitable for drinking.
Part of Cave Creek within the park has been declared a restricted access area. Access to the creek, including within the cave, and creek bank is prohibited.
- Read more about Natural Bridge's Cave Creek restricted access area
If you are looking for a place to swim or picnic, visit Bochow Park, a City of Gold Coast Council park, 4km north of Natural Bridge. This park has easy access to the Nerang River. Before entering the water please be aware that there are many hazards in natural waterways—serious injury or death can result from people diving or jumping into pools, lakes and rivers.
A public telephone is available further north along the Nerang–Murwillumbah Road and adjacent the Numinbah Valley Hall. Cafes are located to the north of the park on Nerang-Murwillumbah Road as well as at Crystal Creek or Chillingham located south of the park in New South Wales.
Mount Cougal section
The small picnic area is located adjacent to the car park and beside the walking track entrance. Picnic tables and toilets are provided. Water is available for washing only—it is not suitable for drinking. No barbecues are provided.
Subtropical rainforest, ancient Antarctic beech, hoop pines, eucalypt forest and montane heath habitats shelter an incredible variety of wildlife. More than 100 bird species live in the park. The elusive Albert's lyrebird, more often heard than seen, is part of an ancient, unique bird group that probably evolved when flowering plants began to dominate the landscape. In the winter months its vibrant composite call can be heard from the depths of the valleys. Springbrook provides an important refuge for this species of songbird.
The most frequently seen reptiles are prehistoric-looking lace monitors, glossy black skinks known as land mullets, and sleepy carpet pythons.
The abundance of water in the park has resulted in a diverse selection of water-dwelling animals. Frogs are the most vocal, blue spiny crayfish the most colourful and eels the most surprising. Orange-eyed treefrogs Litoria chloris and large, beige-coloured great barred-frogs Mixophyes fasciolatus are often seen on the tracks at night.
Other rare and threatened animals such as the Richmond birdwing butterfly rely on Springbrook and Numinbah's forests for their survival.
- Read more about the diverse flora and fauna of Springbrook.
Help protect the park environment of Springbrook National Park by adopting a minimal impact approach to horseriding.
- Stay safe by following the horseriding safety guidelines and the give-way code for shared trails.
Why not add to your visit by downloading the MyRanger mobile app. It provides information about the park and its wildlife, interactive maps, and virtual guided tours led by the local rangers, it’s like having a local park ranger in your phone!
- Access restrictions to Cougal Cascades 30 November to 22 December 2023