Plunging waterfalls, cool forests, rocky gorges and remnants of early foresting history await you at Springbrook National Park, in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Covering land on and around Springbrook Plateau, the 2720ha park protects rainforests, eucalypt forests and the headwaters of rivers flowing to the Gold Coast.
Springbrook dominates the skyline west of Broadbeach and is a wonderful retreat location with a choice of excellent dining options and affordable accommodation.
Nestled between Lamington National Park and the coastline, Springbrook National Park is renowned for its waterfalls and ancient Antarctic beech trees.
Springbrook lies on the Scenic Rim, which is a chain of mountains spanning the Queensland-New South Wales border. Walking tracks vary from easy to challenging and allow you to experience breathtaking lookouts, gorgeous waterfalls and ancient forests.
Springbrook is roughly 90 minutes from Brisbane and only 45 minutes from the Gold Coast thanks to our car hire Gold Coast Airport service. The park has three sections: Springbrook Plateau, Mt Cougal to the east and Natural Bridge to the west.
At 900m above sea level, Springbrook can be cool even in the summer months, with rainfall averaging 3000mm a year, mostly from December to March. Drier months from May to October are probably the best time to visit.
Springbrook National Park surrounds the small settlement of Springbrook, set within the Gold Coast Hinterland. There are some marvellous lookouts from around the Springbrook National Park, as well as several Antarctic Beech trees, a host of fabulous wildlife and plenty of things to do.
Springbrook has a reputation for its fantastic waterfalls. Many waterfalls flow down the rocky landscape, with the famous Purlingbrook Falls a must see attraction.
South of Springbrook, a range of steep roadways through the Numbinbah Valley offer one of the most picturesque drives on the Gold Coast. The valley is home to Natural Bridge, popular for its amazing glow-worm colony.
Natural Bridge is within the Natural Bridge National Park, which boats a number of walking trails. One walk that you should definitely experience is the 1km walk through the Natural Arch to the glow worm cave at Cave Creek. If the weather is warm enough, you may even want to swim in the refreshing Waringa Pool, at the base of the creek.
You can also get some great views over Mt Warning and visit the nearby Advancetown and Numinbah Valley. It is also a beautiful place to stay with hostels in the area.