Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing with you my favourite Queensland National Parks. I’ve introduced you to the most remote one of all – the Daintree National Park, the only place in Australia where the rainforest meets the reef, and most recently, I’ve recapped our trip to Noosa National Park, the most visited National Park in Queensland.
Today, it’s all about Springbrook! Springbrook National Park dominates the skyline west of the Gold Coast and is a perfect place for travelers looking for a taste of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Its rather small size and close proximity to Brisbane (100kms) and Gold Coast (30kms), make it a perfect day-trip for nature lovers on a tight schedule.
Springbrook National Park is divided into 4 sections: Springbrook plateau, Mount Cougal, Natural Bridge and Numinbah.
Abundant in short walks and great views of the surroundings, this is the part of the park really worth exploring! Short walks through the rainforest will reward you with incredible views from the Wunburra lookout, Canyon lookout, Goomoolahra Falls lookout and Best of All lookout.
At the time of our visit (August 2014), the Warrie Circut, the longest and most interesting track on the plateau, was closed. So we embarked on a 4 km hike along the Twin Falls Circuit instead. Starting from the Tallanbana picnic area, the track passed through rocks, different forest types, palms and tree ferns, and eventually lead us to one of the biggest attractions of Springbrook National Park – the Twin Falls!
Even in the middle of winter, the Twin Falls were beautiful. But those visiting in the Spring will likely find them gushing down with a lot more force. The view is great and the rocks right in front of the falls, make it for a great place to take a break and admire the beauty of Springbrook National Park.
From here, you can turn around and head back down, or you can keep following the path that will take you behind the waterfalls and through rock splits to the end of the track at Canyon Lookout.
Natural Bridge Section
If the treks in the Springbrook Plateau don’t tire you out, head to the Natural Bridge Section, a naturally formed arch over Cave Creek. This section is located along Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd, about a 30 min drive from the Springbrook Plateau. But it definitely is worth the drive…
This is what Springbrook National Park is really famous for! During the day, admire the beautiful Natural Bridge Waterfall and when the sun goes down, discover the glow worms that live within it.
The glow-worms are fly species, found only in Australia and New Zealand, that require dense rainforest cover and plenty of rainfall to survive. Glow-worm species in Australia were once plentiful, but today their existence is restricted to regions of rainforests and permanently wet caves. These incredible creatures can only be seen after sunset, with the best displays typically occurring in the warmer wetter months, from December to March.
If you only have 1 day to spare on your trip around Australia and are looking to get a taste for the Godwana Rainforest Heritage Area, Springbrook National Park might be exactly what you are after.
Essential Travel Information
When to go: It is possible to visit Springbrook National Park any time of the year, but if you want to see it in its fullest, visit between December – March.
Getting there: Springbrook National Park is located 30km from Gold Coast, and 100km from Brisbane. It’s best accessed by car although some travel agencies do run tours to the National Park from Brisbane and Gold Coast. Prices typically range from $90-$130 per person for a full day tour.
Staying in the park: Camping inside Springbrook National Park is possible in the Settlement Camping area. Permits must be obtained in advance at ParksQ
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