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Follow winding trails along forested gorges and stop at waterfalls and lookouts along the way in scenic Springbrook National Park. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a unique slice of wilderness.
The sanctuary is known for its diverse flora and fauna and wonderful views. The park stretches over 6721acres (2719 hectares) in the so-called Scenic Rim of southeast Queensland, a mountainous and forested area close to the New South Wales border.
Take a drive to Canyon Lookout for jaw-dropping views of the Gold Coast punctuated by volcanic ridges and valleys. From there, you can take the Twin Falls Circuit, a 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) track that passes behind two waterfalls and through rock clefts. Follow the Purling Brook Falls circuit to see spectacular waterfalls from a suspension bridge across Little Nerang Creek.
Don’t miss the Natural Bridge, the park’s most picturesque geological feature. The rock was formed over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. Take the fairly easy circuit walk over Cave Creek to see the waterfall entering the cave, forming a picture-perfect emerald pool.Wander back through the rainforest and listen out for green catbirds, paradise riflebirds and wompoo fruit-doves. Join a nocturnal tour on summer nights to view the amazing light show put on by glow worms, luminous fungi and fireflies.
A café opposite the Wunburra Lookout offers home-made lunch dishes or Devonshire tea in a quaint cottage dining room setting. There are also many beautiful places to stop and have a picnic, such as the lovely Goomoolahra Falls Picnic Area.
Springbrook National Park is about a two-hour drive south of Brisbane. Book ahead via the Queensland Government website to reserve a basic camp site within the park or stay just outside the park in privately run campgrounds, lodges and bed-and-breakfast rooms.
There are heaps of ways to experience this attraction. Here's some things you can do at Springbrook National Park:
Have a look at our Gold Coast things to do page to discover many more activities while you're here.
Situated in Springbrook, this romantic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Purling Brook Falls and Springbrook Research Observatory. Canyon Lookout is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this cottage is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Canyon Lookout and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Springbrook National Park. Best Of All Lookout and Bilbrough Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in the mountains, this luxury chalet is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Canyon Lookout and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Springbrook National Park. Bilbrough Falls and Springbrook Research Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Springbrook, this romantic chalet is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Canyon Lookout and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Springbrook National Park. Bilbrough Falls and Springbrook Research Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Upper Crystal Creek, this luxury cottage is 4.3 mi (7 km) from Crystal Creek Miniatures and 10.4 mi (16.8 km) from ISKCON New Govardhana. Lamington National Park and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from Springbrook National Park Natural Bridge Section and 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from Lamington National Park. Mount Warning National Park and Mebbin National Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in the mountains, this romantic cottage is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Currumbin Rock Pools and within 12 mi (20 km) of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Currumbin Beach. Balter Brewing Company and Palm Beach Pirate Treasure Island Playground are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Austinville, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Boomerang Farm Golf Course and within 9 mi (15 km) of Robina Town Centre and Bond University. Mudgeeraba Heritage Centre and The Glades Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).