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    Want a picnic - try Bochow Park

    by stevemt Written Mar 28, 2015

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    About 4 km north of the Natural Bridge turnoff for Springbrook National Park, there is a wonderful picnic area.

    It has Picnic tables, BBQ's, toilet facilities and a swimming hole.

    Wonderful little place and very pleasant to have an al fresco meal in

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    Natural Bridge Walk

    by stevemt Written Mar 28, 2015

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    The natural bridge (named for the fantastic natural bridge over a water fall,) is a wonderful walk. Very scenic, easy to walk. They say 1 hour, but that would be taking it at a snails pace. I did it with a friend who has knee problems and we finished in well under an hour.

    There is also a glow worm cave on this walk which can be done at night. One thing really annoyed me in the glow worm cave, and that was the tourists taking flash photo's. Did they bother to read the notice that states torches etc forbidden to be on in the cave - obviously not.

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    Rainbow Falls

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After passing Goomoolahra Falls and heading toward the Canyon Lookout you will come to Rainbow Falls so called because when the sun gets to them about mid morning it forms rainbows in the fine curtain of spray.

    The track passes under a rock overhang behind the falls so mind your head on the outcrop. The mist from the fall provides you with a refreshingly cool spray but watch out for your camera gear.

    Rainbow Falls Rainbow Falls Rainbow Falls from Canyon Lookout Rock ledge beneath Rainbow Falls View from behind Rainbow Falls
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    Best of All Lookout

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Best of All Lookout is a 700m return walk which only takes about 30min.

    It takes you through an ancient Antarctic beech forest and to a view of northern New South Wales dominated by Mount Warning.

    Best of All Lookout
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    Wunburra Lookout

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Wunburra Lookout is located just off the Gold Coast-Springbrook Road with views of Purling Brook Gorge, Mount Cougal and the Little Nerang Dam.

    The carpark is quite small and next to a busy road so please take care with children.

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    Canyon Lookout

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From Canyon Lookout you can see the high rise teeth of the Gold Coast skyline some 20km's ahead of you and 800m below is a tangle of dense sub-tropical rainforest.

    It's a good starting point for the 4km Twin Falls Circuit or the more demanding 17km Warrie Circuit. I took the advice of a couple of locals, Colin and Jane Crisp, to take the long way and really appreciate the inspiring beauty of the valley and its cliffs with cascading waterfalls.

    The Warrie Circuit is a longer extension of the Twin Falls Circuit so you will need to allow at least 6 hours walking depending on how many sightseeing and rest stops you make along the way.

    I you are looking toward the coast from Canyon Lookout the track immediately to your right descends and takes you to Twin Falls.

    I have added some maps to give an indication of the distances and attractions along this walking track.

    Rainbow falls from Canyon Lookout The Canyon Cliffs Gold Coast skyline Pacific Ocean in background Looking toward Twin Falls
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    Twin Falls

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Twin Falls Circuit takes you on top of the cliff above the falls and to the base along concrete and earth ramps.

    A great view of the the Canyon Cliffs can be seen from the track that leads you across the top of the Twin Falls.

    Twin Falls Canyon Cliffs Canyon Cliffs Twin Falls Twin Falls
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    Blackfellow Falls

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From the Cleft you follow the Warrie Circuit sign and then descend on a zigzag path before beginning a steady rise towards the Blackfellow Falls.

    For most of the year these falls consist of a fine sheet water sliding down the cliff with a tumble of large rocks at its base.

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    Poonyahra Falls

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Soon after BlackfellowFalls you enter a valley that eventually leads you to The Poonyahra Falls which is not far from the Meeting-of-the-Waters.

    From the rocks at the top of these falls you can contemplate nature and admire the falls cascading into a natural rock amphitheatre.

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    Purling Brook Falls

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After I had completed the Warrie Circuit it was past 4 o'clock in the afternoon so it would not have been wise to attempt any more long walks. Darkness descends swiftly in these hills.

    But I did check out some more sights along the way including stopping to admire the Purling Brook Falls which consists of a single sheer fall of 106m.

    The Purling Brook Circuit is 6km's and would take about 2-3hrs to walk.

    I have added some maps to give an indication of the distances and attractions along this walking track.

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    Mt Cougal

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Mt Cougal Cascades and walking track are at the opposite end of Springbrook National Park to the Canyon Falls. So the tips that follow from here on were from an entirely different day. A less than perfect day in fact.

    I set out early enough to attempt the 8.5km Mt Cougal track but not knowing the area I was unaware that it wasn't a marked track. I had a reasonable topographic map but no compass because I thought the track was marked.

    But after jumping over a fence and heading uphill and after many dead ends and false trails I became uncomfortably aware that this is not a good spot to be lost in.

    It is steep and rough terrain without well defined tracks. So the idea of spending 24hrs in the bush before any search and rescue team acknowledge that I may be lost and begin a search I retraced my steps back to the car park.

    It was still a couple of hours well spent exploring with a couple of interesting features along the way including a disused sawmill and the Mt Cougal Cascades.

    I have added some maps to give an indication of the distances and attractions along this walking track.

    Mt Cougal Cascades Mt Cougal Cascades Mt Cougal Cascades Mt Cougal Cascades Mt Cougal Cascades
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    Disused sawmill

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This sawmill dates from 1942 when local timber from the forest were cut down and the wood used for constructing fruit boxes.

    This only lasted until 1951and was sold to the National Park in 1983.

    The track from the car park to the saw mill is only 800m along a lush valley with interprative signs along the way.

    Disused sawmill Disused sawmill Disused sawmill Track to Disused sawmill Rainforest along track to Disused sawmill
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    Natural Bridge

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Natural Bridge is a 1km circuit along a well paved track which zigzags down some steps towards the banks of Cave Creek.

    Follow the track across a concrete foot bridge and you will reach a side track leading down to a pool. It goes past the pool and to a wooden boardwalk to the cave entrance.

    The cave is a natural arch giving you the impression of a natural bridge and is big enough to hold many people.

    At night the cave comes alive with thousands of sensitive glow worms so please don't smoke or use insect repellant here.

    The walking track leaves the cave and heads up hill to a viewing platform at the top before crossing the creek again and back to the car park.

    I have added some maps to give an indication of the distances and attractions along this walking track.

    Natural Bridge Natural Bridge and falls Natural Bridge and falls Birds Nest fern Natural Bridge and falls
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    Do the circuit walk

    by onedaysomewhere Written Feb 5, 2011

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    At Natural Arch, we did the full circuit walk. I think this is the best if you are fit enough to do it.
    The way it is set out, is sending you the clockwise route, which happens to be the easiest way.
    This way, we saw the water tumbling down throught the Arch and then heading downstream through the Rainforest. We also were able to go into the large Cave/cavern which was great!

    There was a bit of a climb to the top, and another lookout at the top of the waterfall, and more lookouts before we reached our picnic area once again. This is the waterfall that has cut its way through and into the cave. By doing the full walk, we saw all angles of this waterfall and Arch.

    If you just do the short walk, you would miss out on the cave, which I think is the most impressive part.
    The 1 km track is well maintained, so I suggest just to take it easy and have some breathers along the way. It only takes about 30 minutes.

    Waterfall plunging into the Cavern
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    Bush Turkey's

    by onedaysomewhere Written Feb 3, 2011

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    We had a BBQ at the Natural Arch picnic area.
    It is really nice here as the picnic tables were under the shade of the rain forest, and the Toilets were close by. It might not be so nice in the winter as it would be pretty cold then, and maybe in fog or misty rain.
    The kids liked watched the Bush Turkey that came close by, and was scratching around in the leaf litter. They are often seen in Rainforest's, and are not afraid of people.
    My photo isn't very good because he moved when I clicked!

    The friendly bush turkey
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  • Aug 7, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    I was told there are several national parks in Springbrook. Which one to start and end with for a day trip.

  • Aug 7, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Please advise on how to plan a day tour on the most economic and memorial journey from Calamvale (Sunnybank Hill) to springbrook or byron bay. What is the GPS address to reach destination?We are new to QLD. Thank you

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      Aug 7, 2013 at 12:39 PM

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