Natural Bridge Springbrook – a complete guide to visiting

Gold Coast National Parks

If you want to visit one of the most magical places on the Gold Coast, the Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park should be high on your list. The Natural Bridge (also known as the Natural Arch) is a locals favourite, and for good reason. The Natural Bridge is a stunning waterfall that flows through a natural hole in the rock formation and into the cave below. By night the cave lights up with thousands of glow worms.

The trail to the Natural Bridge Springbrook

The trail to the Natural Bridge is 1km long and suitable for families and all fitness types. From the car park, you will find the trailhead which will lead you down towards the natural bridge along a paved path and series of stairs (not too many).

The walk into the Natural bridge is stunning. You will find yourself surrounded by ancient subtropical rainforest, millions of year old. Interpretive signs along the circuit highlight the park’s special features and history. You will also pass a number of flowing freshwater streams.

The Natural Bridge trail is a circuit track. I recommend doing the full circuit, but if you want the easy option you can go straight to the natural arch and back the way you came.

Allow 1 hour to complete the circuit.

Natural Bridge Springbrook
Natural Bridge Springbrook
Natural Bridge Springbrook

Getting to the Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge is in the western part of Springbrook National Park, about an hour out of the Gold Coast. There are a number of ways to get to the Natural Bridge so I recommend using Google maps to find the best route for you.

Packing for the Natural Bridge

Pack hiking shoes, water and a camera. As the trail is short you won’t need a lot.

Facilities at the Natural Arch

You will find picnic tables and toilets at the entrance to the Natural Bridge Springbrook.

Tips for visiting the Natural Bridge Springbrook

  • While glow-worms are visible year-round, their display is significantly reduced during the winter months.
  • Swimming at the Natural Bridge Springbrook is prohibited.
  • Combine your trip to the Natural Bridge with another Springbrook Attraction. Some of my favourites include the Best of all lookout and Purlingbrook Falls. 
  • If you take rubbish with you into the national park, make sure you take it out.
  • Be aware of wildlife in the area.

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