I have recently moved to Brisbane after seven years in London. I am loving exploring the city, beaches and nearby National Parks.
Published February 19th 2013
Views, Waterfalls and Walks
Located 100km South of Brisbane, Springbrook National Park is a great day trip for the whole family. Spectacular waterfalls, a range of walking tracks to suits all fitness levels and well equipped picnic areas makes this one of my favourite places to bring visitors to Queensland.
Springbrook National Park is divided into 4 sections, we go to the Springbrook Plateau section as it is easily accessible from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Springbrook National Park features spectacular waterfalls
The Gwongorella picnic area has toilets, electric barbecues and picnic tables, some of these are under shelter which comes in handy as every time we have visited it has rained. It is also the start of the Purling Brook Falls track, unfortunately much of this track has been closed for some time now and it is not possible to access the base of the falls. However, a short walk on the part of the path that is open leads to a lookout with amazing views.
The Canyon lookout offers amazing views out towards the coast and of Twin and Rainbow Falls, it is also good view point for those with disabilities or small children that do not want to walk far. The lookout is only meters away from the car park. There are no toilet or picnic facilities here but the Tallanbana picnic area is just down the road.
The Canyon lookout, easily accessible and amazing views
The Twin Falls Walk can be started at the Canyon lookout or Tallanbana picnic area and is a 4km, 2 hour hike. There are lots of steps involved and it can be uneven and slippery at times so a moderate level of fitness is required. The track winds through creeks, rainforest and exposed rock faces to the base of Twin Falls. An option for those not wanting to take the long climb back up via the stairs is to simply return back up the path once you have reached the base of Twin Falls. This path is not as steep and has ramps and handrails in most places. This is a truly beautiful walk and well worth the effort.
Walking through the rainforest to the base of Twin Falls
The Best Of All lookout is worth visiting however the weather does not always cooperate. Every occasion we have been there the signposted amazing views stretching into Northern NSW have been shrouded in cloud. Even if the view is hidden the walk is a very pleasant 600m return stroll through one of the few remaining pockets of Antarctic beech forest. This type of forest is link with the ancient forests of Gondwana and one of the reasons that Springbrook is part of the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests Of Australia.
The Best Of All lookout does not always live up to the name, but you may catch a glimpse of the view to New South Wales