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Follow winding trails along forested gorges and stop at waterfalls and lookouts along the way in scenic Springbrook National Park. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a unique slice of wilderness.
The sanctuary is known for its diverse flora and fauna and wonderful views. The park stretches over 6721acres (2719 hectares) in the so-called Scenic Rim of southeast Queensland, a mountainous and forested area close to the New South Wales border.
Take a drive to Canyon Lookout for jaw-dropping views of the Gold Coast punctuated by volcanic ridges and valleys. From there, you can take the Twin Falls Circuit, a 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) track that passes behind two waterfalls and through rock clefts. Follow the Purling Brook Falls circuit to see spectacular waterfalls from a suspension bridge across Little Nerang Creek.
Don’t miss the Natural Bridge, the park’s most picturesque geological feature. The rock was formed over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. Take the fairly easy circuit walk over Cave Creek to see the waterfall entering the cave, forming a picture-perfect emerald pool.Wander back through the rainforest and listen out for green catbirds, paradise riflebirds and wompoo fruit-doves. Join a nocturnal tour on summer nights to view the amazing light show put on by glow worms, luminous fungi and fireflies.
A café opposite the Wunburra Lookout offers home-made lunch dishes or Devonshire tea in a quaint cottage dining room setting. There are also many beautiful places to stop and have a picnic, such as the lovely Goomoolahra Falls Picnic Area.
Springbrook National Park is about a two-hour drive south of Brisbane. Book ahead via the Queensland Government website to reserve a basic camp site within the park or stay just outside the park in privately run campgrounds, lodges and bed-and-breakfast rooms.
Situated in a national park, this cottage is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Canyon Lookout and within 3 miles (5 km) of Best Of All Lookout and Bilbrough Falls. Springbrook Research Observatory and Purling Brook Falls are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in the mountains, this luxury chalet is within 1 mile (2 km) of Canyon Lookout and Bilbrough Falls. Springbrook Research Observatory and Purling Brook Falls are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Upper Crystal Creek, this luxury cottage is 4.3 mi (7 km) from Crystal Creek Miniatures and 10.4 mi (16.8 km) from ISKCON New Govardhana. Lamington National Park and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre are also within 16 miles (25 km).
Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is 6.2 mi (9.9 km) from Crystal Creek Miniatures and within 12 miles (20 km) of Lamington National Park and ISKCON New Govardhana. Mount Warning National Park and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre are also within 16 miles (25 km).
Situated in Binna Burra, this luxury lodge is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Gold Coast Great Walk and 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lamington National Park.
Situated in Austinville, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Boomerang Farm Golf Course and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Gold Coast War Museum. Springbrook National Park and Mudgeeraba Heritage Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Binna Burra, this lodge is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Lamington National Park and within 25 miles (40 km) of Mount Nathan Winery and Go Karting Gold Coast. Robina Town Centre and Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast are also within 32 miles (52 km).
Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within 9 miles (15 km) of David Fleay Wildlife Park, Burleigh Beach and Stockland Burleigh Heads Shopping Centre. Burleigh Head National Park and Mallawa Drive Sports Complex are also within 9 miles (15 km).