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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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.more
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...more
All day breakfasts, meals, take-aways, coffee and cakes.
Self contained bed and breakfast accommodation available every night.
Gift shop - Local crafts
Café Open - Wednesday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - late
Monday and Tuesday - Closed
Favorite Dish: I finished walking the Warrie Circuit after 4 o'clock so I was too late for a very desirable strong black coffee with cake.
But I thought I'd add their details for anyone interested in heading this way and wanting refreshments at the end of your walk.
Make sure you are back from the bush before 4 o'clock!
Springbrook was first settled by Europeans in 1906 and the Visitor's Guide is a contribution to the centenary celebrations.
It is written by Colin and Jane Crisp who live near Springbrook National Park and regularly walk the many forest tracks.
This book can be purchased for $15 at Rosellas Canyon Lookout Café.
Many species of snakes call the lush sub-tropical rainforests of Springbrook National Park home. Some, such as the Red-Bellied Black Snake and the Eastern Brown Snake are two dangerous snakes that pack a powerful poison in their bite.There are also relatively harmless pythons and tree snakes but you can imagine the adrenalin juices starting to flow...more
As I was walking the Warrie Circuit I ducked under some low hanging branches I ducked but felt my hat disappear from my crown.Instinctively I turned around to pick it up from the ground but alas it wasn't there. I looked around in confusion only to find it dangling from a tiny and insignificant branch. Upon closer inspection this small branch had...more
The lushsub-tropical rainforests around Springbrook National Park are a haven for many mammals and reptiles. The trick is when when and where to find them. Many of the animals are nocturnal and best seen at dusk or night.I was fortunate enough to come across an echidna who was too busy feating on ants to be concerned about me taking his photograph....more
You can almost reach this look out by car. And therefore this is an ultimate tourist trap. You will see a lot of people visiting the National Park and just only drive to this look out point. After that they will leave and say "I have visited Springbrook National Park!"
The walk from the parking to the look out is not that far. There are some stands of Antartic Beech Trees along the way. The view of this look out is quite stunning! Close to the look out there is evidence of Aboriginal activity. It's interesting to note that the look out is actually in New South Wales as it is places down from the watershed.
Always take a comfortable and sturdy back pack when you head into the bush and take plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellant, a small first aid kit and all the photographic gear that you can manage."I have a Black Wolf backpack,She’s a good friend to this man.I take her walks down under,And I hope I always can."~robertgaz~more
* Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.more
Canyon Look Out, near Wattle Grove Cottage, is one of the many look outs that afford a panoramic vista of the rainforest and the valleys stretching all the way to the Gold Coast.
Because it sits on the edge of an escarpment created by volcanic eruption over 20 million years ago, a number of waterfalls can also been seen from Canyon Look Out.
Hiking in Springbrook National Park is really amazing and there are a lot of opportunities to do so. The park consists of three sections: 1) Plateau: This section encompasses rainforest and eucalypt forest on several levels of the plateau. You can enjoy cliffs, waterfalls, graded walking tracks and extensive views. 2) Mt. Cougal: At the head of...more
The main hikes through the National Park will go through all these areas and are: - Purlingbrook Falls Circuit (4 km) - Twin Falls Circuit (3 km) - Warrie Circuit ( 17 km) - Bilbrough Lookout Track ( 3 km) One good tip: Take a backpack with food, drink, first aid kit and a camera with you! See packing list!more
If you are planning to explore Springbrook National Park there are a couple of books that I can recommend to you.The first one is "Take A Walk" which covers all National Parks from Port MacQuarie in mid-Northern New South Wales to Brisbane in southern Queensland. You can purchase one on this link to Take A Walk.The second book is a small...more
The sun down under can be fiercely hot and unrellenting causing one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. The Slip Slop Slap campaign started way back in the 80's encouraging Aussies to protect their skin by Slipping on a shirt, Slopping on some sunscreen and Slapping on a hat."I love this sunburnt country,But not a sunburnt face.So...more