A Waterfall Gem in the Gold Coast Hinterland – Springbrook, QLD
| Waterfall | Hiking | Swimming Hole |
A visit to Springbrook National Park definitely made for an unforgettable experience with breathtaking lookouts, exquisite waterfalls and spectacular wildlife encounters.
Staying at The Settlement camping area was definitely not the most glamourous camping experience; however, we found ourselves fully immersed within the Park’s nature and beautiful scenery so it tended not to matter. If drop-toilet camping is not your thing, then an RV or motorhome would provide for a more comfortable, homely trip. Open fires are not permitted; however, there were sheltered cooking and picnic areas with electric barbeques which were very well maintained and easy to use.
The highlight of our stay was definitely the 17km Warrie Circuit. Whilst the 5-6 hour walk sounds daunting, food breaks and the stunning scenery make it definitely worthwhile. I took the walk with my family of 9, from ages of 55 to 7 years, and it was easily achievable for all of us- catering for all experiences.
We did the circuit in the wet weather and it was actually stunningly beautiful watching the rain fall through the canopies of leaves, glinting in the sunlight. We also experienced a plethora of wildlife encounters with beautiful birds, their calls ringing through the forest; land mullets; and two large blue crayfish walking across the track. They hurriedly retreated beneath a rock when we came too close, but their royal blue/ turquoise shell was a real sight to see.
The track was very easy to navigate and the halfway point was a beautiful place to stop for lunch and we spotted two eels trying to swim upstream whilst some other hikers took a dip in the crystal water. The 8 waterfalls really took our breath away as we walked beneath them and the splashing water was very refreshing.
Another absolutely breathtaking location we visited was Purling Brook Falls. The waterfall had a height of 109 metres and the energy the rushing water created resonated throughout my whole body, mind and soul. The experience was absolute phenomenal, and transported me to another world entirely. Overall, Springbrook National Park really was a gem of the Gold Coast Hinterland and I could not recommend a visit any more highly.