Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park surrounds the small settlement of Springbrook, set within the Gold Coast Hinterland. It is located 96 kilometres from Brisbane.
Springbrook National Park's earliest human inhabitants were an Aboriginal kinship group, the Yugambeh who lived in this area, carefully managing and using its rich natural resources. Known as kaban meaning bush or rainforest to the Yugambeh, the mountains are sacred and spiritual, places to be nurtured and respected.
The first Europeans to explore the plateau were surveyors. When Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859 an accurate map was needed to show the new border.
Springbrook's cool forests and mountain streams offer visitors views of impressive landscapes, and walks among subtropical and temperate rainforest, open eucalypt forest and montane heath. Spectacular waterfalls, cascades and tumbling creeks are dominant features in this World Heritage-listed park.
There are some fabulous lookouts from around the Springbrook National Park, as well as several Antarctic Beech trees, a host of wildlife and plenty of things to do.
Springbrook has a reputation for its fantastic waterfalls. Many waterfalls flow down the rocky landscape, with the famous Purlingbrook Falls a must visit.
Springbrook also offers a number of walking trails around the beautiful rainforest. Information about the walking trails around the Springbrook National Park can be found at the Rangers offices in Natural Bridge or Springbrook.
Natural Bridge is within the Natural Bridge National Park, which hosts a number of walking trails. One walk that you should definitely follow is the 1km walk through the Natural Arch to the glow worm cave at Cave Creek. If the weather is warm then you may even want to swim in the refreshing Waringa Pool, at the base of the creek.
You can also get some great views over Mt Warning, and visit the nearby Advancetown and Numinbah Valley. It is also a beautiful place to stay with hostels in the area.