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.


  • 3 waterholes in 3 hours
  • 90 mins from Brisbane
  • Heaps of other walks around the area

Waterfalls Galore!

Spurred on following a very rainy weekend, I headed out to Springbrook to go chase some waterfalls.

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

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.

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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.

From Brisbane, 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

  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Rainjacket
  • Swimmers (in the warmer months)


  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Photography

Skill Level


Distance Covered

Waminda Pools via Purlingbrook Falls: 6km

Twin Falls Circuit: 4km