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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.

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    Best of All Lookout

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Best of All Lookout

    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.

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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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    Rainbow falls from Canyon Lookout
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Do the circuit walk

    by onedaysomewhere Written Feb 5, 2011

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    Waterfall plunging into the Cavern

    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.

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    Bush Turkey's

    by onedaysomewhere Written Feb 3, 2011

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    The friendly bush turkey

    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!

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    Jurassic age, Glow-worms, waterfalls & rainforest!

    by balhannah Updated Jan 16, 2011

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    This and a lot more you will see at Natural Arch in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

    Walking through the rainforest, I first came across a large Strangler Fig. If you have never seen these giants of the forest, then I think you will be impressed! A nearby notice tells you about the tree.
    Further on, a glimpse of the Natural Arch through the trees, and then lots of nice Moss and ferns before reaching the creek at the bottom of the Arch.
    The mosses were extra nice this year. I could hear many Bird's, but I couldn't see any. I read on the notice board that paradise riflebirds, green catbirds and wompoo fruit-doves frequent this area.
    Next stop was at the Arch. I viewed it from the top, and then took the steps down to enter a large Cave, and to experience the waterfall close up.

    In this cave, there are millions of glow worms, you can't see them in the day time, only at night. The Glow- worms are brilliant blue-green lights that are seen on the ceiling, rocky overhangs and earth banks along the circuit. These lights are emitted by tiny creatures that are not actually worms, but the larval stage of a small fly, found only in Australia and New Zealand and rely on rainforests of Gondwanan origin for their survival.
    The ‘light’ we see, is produced within the glow-worm’s body.The best time to come and see them is December to March. It is only during this larval stage that the species feeds—a period of about nine months. Adults emerge to live only three to four days, long enough to mate and lay eggs.

    Nocturnal tours can be taken. (Remember a torch for the walk, but turn it off once in the cave). On summer nights, there is luminous fungi and fireflies.

    From the Arch, it was a short climb to the top of the waterfall and the pretty creek before heading to another side track for another view of the Natural Arch from a different angle. More photo's, as this is where I saw the waterfall plunging down the hole into the cave area below.

    A final walk to the top, and here were Hoop Pines from the Jurassic Age which was about 180million years ago! They call them 'living dinosaurs' —they are among the most primitive of conifers.

    It really was a lovely day, I saw and learnt so much, wasn't puffed out as it was extra cool in the rainforest.
    The circuit walk is about 1 km, and can take from 20mins upwards, depending on what you do. It is classified as "easy," and is best done clockwise.

    Exit the Pacific Motorway at Nerang (exit 69) and follow the Nerang - Murwillumbah Road for 30 kilometres. Turn left into the park entrance. An alternative scenic route is 42 kilometres via the Springbrook plateau from Mudgeeraba. From the Pacific Motorway take exit 80 from the south or exit 79 from the north and follow the Gold Coast - Springbrook Road to the plateau then turn right onto Pine Creek Road. Follow Pine Creek Road to the end and then turn left onto the Nerang - Murwillumbah Road. Natural Bridge can also be reached from Murwillumbah by following the Numinbah Road for 27 kilometres. The scenic access roads are winding and should be travelled with care.

    There were lots of places I wanted to take photo's, but there was nowhere to pull off!

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    EGG ROCK

    by balhannah Written Jan 16, 2011

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    Egg Rock in the centre of photo

    Egg Rock is also located in the Purlingbrook National Park.

    I have never walked to it, but you can, there are plenty of walks to choose from.
    The landscape in this area is a remnant of the northern side of a once huge shield volcano about 23 million years ago. The volcano was built up of highly mobile basalt lavas, and was about 80 km across and is responsible for the sheer cliffs of Springbrook plateau and the unusual shaped formations you will see in the area.

    Egg Rock is one of them, so if coming from the Gold Coast, it will be located on the RH side of the road on the way to Natural Arch.

    Also look out for waterfalls tumbling over the large cliffs, we saw three!

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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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