Hiking to Purling Brook Falls Springbrook – EVERYTHING you need to know

Free things to do on the Gold Coast

Purling Brook Falls is by far one of the most impressive waterfalls to be found on the Gold Coast, located within the world heritage listed Gondwana rainforest of Springbrook National Park.

Springbrook National Park in itself is very impressive and has many attractions, such as the Best of all lookouts, the Natural Arch and Twin Falls, just to name a few. I suggest making a full day of your trip to Springbrook and fitting in as many of these highlights as you can.

This blog post is a guide to Purling Brook Falls Springbrook, a locals favourite.

The Trail to Purling Brook Falls

The trail to the base of Purling Brook Falls is 4kms return and takes around 2 hours to complete.

You will find the trail to Purling Brook Falls at the car park at the end of Forestry Road in Springbrook.

After a short 500metres of hiking, you will come across Purling Brook Falls lookout. From the lookout, you will see breathtaking views of Springbrook, the Gold Coast hinterland and the waterfall plummeting over the edge and into the valley below.

But this is only the start of the excitement.

To get to the base of Purling Brook falls you continue down the hiking trail, through the native old growth rainforest and deep into the valley where you will reach the pool below the waterfall. This is a great place to cool down if you wish.

From here you can continue on the circuit back to the top or can continue an extra 2kms to Waringa Pool.

This hike exposes you to the luscious, green rainforest of Springbrook National Park.

What to pack for a day at Purling Brook Falls

Hiking Shoes, a Camera, Go Pro, Swimmers, Towel, Snacks and Water.

Getting to Purling Brook Falls

Purling Brook Falls is high up on the Springbrook Plateau, around an hour inland from Gold Coast City. The car park to Purling Brook Falls is located at the end of Forestry Road. I suggest using the map below or Google maps to direct you to the trailhead. Simply search for Purling Brook Falls.


There are no day use fees at Purling Brook Falls.

Other tips

  • Get an early start on the day so you can fit as much in as possible.
  • Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the National Park.
  • Stock up on supplies before you get up the mountain, the general store is overpriced.
  • Drive slow, the road to Purlingbrook Falls is bendy and steep.
  • Combine your trip to Purling Brook Falls with a trip the Best of all Lookouts. 
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife. If you are lucky you might spot a kangaroo, koala or echidna.

More about the Springbrook region

Springbrook National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, located in the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland. The 6,197-hectare (15,310-acre) park is situated on the McPherson Range, approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) south of Brisbane.

Other attractions in the Springbrook National Park area

  • Goomoolahra Lookout/picnic area
  • Tallanbana Picnic Area and lookout
  • Warrie Circuit 17 km
  • Twin Falls Circuit 4Km
  • Canyon Lookout
  • Best of All Lookout
  • Gwongorella Picnic Area
  • Hardys Lookout

Pin – Purlingbrook Falls Hike

Purling Brook Falls Springbrook Australia

Looking for something else to do on the Gold Coast?

Also check out – 101 Things to do on the Gold Coast and Free things to do on the Gold Coast. 

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