Springbrook National Park gives you plenty of bang for buck and you can reach three waterholes and have time for a dip in just three hours.
Spurred on following a very rainy weekend, I headed out to Springbrook to go chase some waterfalls.
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The first stop was Purling Brook Falls, which cascades more than 100 metres down the cliff face and in the mid morning light, there were rainbows appearing in the frame. A short walk from the base of the falls is a suspension bridge over the Little Nerang Creek.
From the Purling Brook Falls waterhole, you can continue another kilometre through dense rainforest to the picturesque Warringa Pools where you can sit on the rocks or paddle in the water and take in the sound of the cascading water.
A 4km drive from the Purling Brook Falls carpark is the Canyon Lookout or Tallanbana picnic areas. You can start from either of these lookouts to reach Twin Falls via an easy trail bordered by large rocks.
The Twin Falls Circuit leads you behind the falls and you’ll look down into the waterhole and into the rainforest through a curtain of water.
If you have more time, you can continue past Twin Falls onto the Warrie Circuit which passes by Goomoolahra Falls.
While the water was ice cold at the time I visited, the waterholes at Twin Falls and Warringa Pools would be bliss in summer.
How To Get There
Springbrook National Park is an easy 90 minute drive from Brisbane via Nerang, and about 45 minutes from the Gold Coast.
Exit the Pacific Motorway at Mudgeeraba (exit 79 from Brisbane, exit 80 from the Gold Coast) and follow the Gold Coast–Springbrook Road. You can also take exit 69 on the Pacific Motorway and follow the Nerang–Murwillumbah Road for 23km then take the Springbrook turn-off at Pine Creek Road.
Head here early to beat the other day trippers which fill the trails from around 10am.
Essential gear required:
- Hiking shoes
- Swimmers (in the warmer months)
Waminda Pools via Purlingbrook Falls: 6km
Twin Falls Circuit: 4km