Springbrook National Park is a protected park that is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
See the beauty of Springbrook National Park
The shorter route
If you want to see the waterfall without walking for too long, then you can take the short route that is about 4km return and will take about two hours in total. The waterfall can be reached through the Twin Falls Circuit, but if you want the more beautiful waterfall, choose the Purling Brook Falls that is accessed through a photogenic suspension bridge. The more popular route is the Natural Bridge, that is also the shortest, that takes about an hour to finish. Even through this route, you still can see the waterfall that pours to the cave.
For a longer walk
The longest walk without camping is the Warrie Circuit that is about 17km in length and can take up to 6 hours walking time. The route can be dangerous and it is not very recommended for you who come with children. If you are ready for the challenge and for a longer trip, then you can consider the Gold Coast Great Walk that can take up to three days, with the 54km route. Of course, in exchange you will get to know about all of the things inside the park, from the volcanic geology, to every flora and fauna that can be found inside this place.
Go to this spots for great pictures
It is actually pretty hard to find spots that will give you bad picture, as the Springbrook National Park is filled with a lot of great spots with the beautiful rainforests as the background. If you want to do the challenge, then of course you can take a picture of the glowworms, one of the best attractions in this place. The blue and green lights are definitely amazing to the eye. While for the best lookout, you can head to Mount Warning that looks out to Murwillumbah. For a more wheelchair-friendly route, the best spot you can go is the Canyon Lookout that overlook the Gold Coast Skyline.
Discover the flora and fauna of the park
Considered as the Noah's Ark of rainforests, you will see many animals here that you can't see perhaps in any other places in the world. The most famous creature is the rare Albert's Lyrebird that is often spotted on the forest floor and only exist in this park. There is also the cute pademelons that move fast and will be hard to catch with your camera. While for the plants, there are more than 1700 species of plants, which some of them aged more than 180 million years old, making this park is a heaven for flora fans and botanists in the world.
Go for a camp
Other popular activity in the Springbrook National Park is camping. Inside, there is the Settlement Camping Area, the only place available for camping in this park. The location of this area is linked by the short route to Purling Brook Falls and the long route of the Gold Coast Great Walk. There are 11 well-defined sites with toilets, drinking waters, and a cooking shelter. Remember that it is a must to book in advance if you want to camp and be noted that the mobile phone usually has poor signal in this area.
How to Get Tickets?
You don't need any tickets to visit and explore the Springbrook National Park. However, if you want to camp inside the park area, you must book in advance and there are fees apply. You can book the camp site online and don't forget to check what do you have to prepare before you are coming to the park.
How To Get Around?
To get around, you will have to walk along the trail. Don't forget to bring waters and food as much as you need it.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommendation on what to wear to visit the Springbrook National Park. However, it is better to wear comfortable clothes for hiking and jacket in case the weather gets cold. Make sure that your shoes are not slippery as well and be noted to check the weather inside the park before you are going.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Springbrook National Park is in September. If you want to enjoy the walk, then it is better to go in the morning because the parking area will not be very crowded and you will have a long time to look at everything in the park. However, if you want to go to see the glowworms, then the best time is in the afternoon to the evening. Or else, you can camp so that you can spend longer time in the park.
Will I Need a Guide?
You can go and explore the Springbrook National Park without a guide. Just take a map and follow the available tracks. There are some choices of tracks, from the shortest to the longest. However, if you prefer to use a guide, there are many commercial tours available for this spot.
How To Get There?
Springbrook National Park is located about 45 minutes driving from Gold Coast. You can reach this place through Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd or Gold Coast-Springbrook Rd. Unfortunately, there is no public transport that can take you to this place. The nearest station is at Robina. If you are driving, it is better to keep your car in a full tank because the nearest gas station is at Mudgeeraba or Nerang.
It is better to check if there is any road closure before you are driving here.