Springbrook National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, located in the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland. Any trip to the Gold Coast should involve a day trip to Springbrook.
This Springbrook Bucket list features some of the best waterfalls, lookouts and natural sights in Springbrook, and will either help you decide where to go, or make it much harder by introducing you to spectacular sights you hadn’t yet considered visiting in Springbrook.
Things to do in Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls
Purling Brook Falls is by far one of the most impressive waterfalls to be found on the Gold Coast. The trail to the base of the falls is 4km return, and worth every step. 500 metres into the hike you will find a viewing platform at the top of the falls.
For more information on Purling Brook Falls, click here. This will tell you everything you need to know about the trail and getting there.
The Twin Falls circuit is one of the most scenic walking tracks in Springbrook National Park. On this walk, you will pass through rock cliffs, walk behind two waterfalls and be surrounded by ancient palms and tree ferns. The Twin Falls Circuit is 4kms.
Best of All Lookout
You don’t get a name like The Best of All Lookout for nothing, so you can be sure that this lookout won’t disappoint. The Best of all lookout is high up on the Springbrook Plateau, offering vast views of the valley and lush, green Gold Coast hinterland. The trail to the lookout is around 500 metres, one way.
For more information on the Best of All Lookout, click here.
Canyon Lookout marks the beginning of the Twin Falls Circuit and being located on the road, means that you only have to hop out of your car to experience the mesmerising views. From Canyon Lookout, you’ll have views across the canyon to the Gold Coast and beyond, including the high rises of the skyline and the sub-tropical rainforest that lies below.
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 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.
For more information on the Natural Bridge, click here. This covers information about the trail, and getting here.
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How To Get To Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park is approximately a one hour drive from the heart of the Gold Coast. There are a couple of ways to get to Springbrook National Park so I recommend using Google Maps to find out the best route.
If you plan to visit a couple of destination in Springbrook National Park, you should view the location of each place and plan your route before starting your Springbrook adventure.
Other tips for visiting Springbrook National Park
- Get an early start on the day so you can fit as much in as possible.
- Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in Springbrook National Park and be sure to take any rubbish home with you.
- Drive carefully when travelling to Springbrook National Park as the road is bendy and steep.
- Keep an eye out for wildlife. If you are lucky you might spot a kangaroo, koala or echidna.