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Published April 30th 2015
Rediscover nature as it was meant to be
Purling Brook waterfall
Less than a 30 minute drive through the Gold Coast hinterland from Mudgeeraba, you'll find the idyllic location of Springbrook. With waterfalls and gorgeous pockets of rainforest, there is much to explore in this oasis of tranquillity.
Over 17 kilometres of walking trails allow for extensive exploration of this World Heritage Listed national park. The recent reopening of the Purling Brook trail has seen the inclusion of a new suspension bridge, allowing for hikers to cross right in front of the famous Purling Brook Falls, with spectacular views across the valley, and reopening a walking trail that had been closed for 2 years.
Waiting for feeding time
Wildlife abounds in Springbrook. There are well over 100 different species of birds on show. Cute, cuddly Pademelons, which are the mountains version of a wallaby, are very shy, but can be often spotted at dusk grassing by the side of the road. Land mullets and major skinks are often spotted on the walking trails, and sometimes mistaken for snakes. They are completely harmless, and much more scared of you than you will ever be of them. Large tree pythons can sometimes be found; these too are harmless to people, but best left to their own devices and not disturbed.
Land mullet enjoying the sunshine
Springbrook offers a variety of accommodation options, from several comfortable B&B's, to mountain cottages with spectacular views, and even camping, for the more adventurous. Several cafes operate on the mountain, some offering vegan and gluten-free options.
Just a short drive down the Numinbah Valley to National Bridge is one the most incredible waterfalls you will ever see, tumbling right through a large cavern, which is home to glow worms. A popular tourist destination, and quite spectacular after a decent rainfall. There are several great picnic spots on the drive to Natural Bridge, and many wonderful picnic and BBQ places on the Springbrook plateau. Be mindful that there is no garbage collection service on the mountain, therefore no public rubbish bins available. All rubbish will need to be taken home again, although the local tip is open everyday and completely free of charge. It is located opposite the Town Hall and RSL war memorial, which is another spot well worth a look.
Short-eared mountain possum
Springbrook is accessible from both the Mudgeeraba side and Nerang side. Springbrook Road from Mudgeeraba does have several one way sections, so please drive carefully.