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Mt Cougal-Springbrook National Park

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by Therese B (subscribe)
Working in the travel industry & having shared some of my overseas adventures in the blogging world, I look forward to also sharing my experiences of what Brisbane & it's surrounds have to offer.
Published September 4th 2013
Getting a little lost can sometimes be a good thing
Getting a little lost and missing your original destination can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. On a recent stay at the Gold Coast, we decided to go in search for the famous Currumbin Rock Pools we had heard so much about. Driving down Currumbin Creek Rd we somehow drove right past them but before realising we had well and truly missed them and turning back, we fortunately came to the end of the road and discovered the natural beauty that is Mt Cougal in Springbrook National Park.

Mt Cougal, Springbrook, bushwalk
The entry to Mt Cougal-Springbrook National Park

At the entrance to the park, there are two picnic tables located next to the carpark and an information board with details of the area. The round trip walk is only 1.6km and the relatively flat track is well sealed with bitumen, so would be suitable for those wanting to take pushchairs. There is nowhere close to purchase refreshments so if you are wanting a drink or a bite to eat, you will need to take your own.

Picnic, Mt Cougal, Springbrook National Park, Facilities
Picnic area at entrance to park

Strolling through the sub-tropical rainforest and past the creek , the soothing sound of a waterfall can be heard which brings you to the first lookout - the Cougal Cascades. There is something about waterfalls that just automatically brings you to a place of peace and relaxation.

Creek, waterfall, Mt Cougal, Springbrook
Sub-tropical rainforest with beautiful creek

Even with our recent spell of dry weather, the falls were still beautiful and worth viewing and the wooden platform allows you to descend towards the Cascades themselves for a closer look.

Cougal Cascades, Mt Cougal, waterfall, national park, Springbrook
Cougal Cascades

A little further takes you to the Mountain Pool. Although it looked a little shallow when we were there, I understand it is a popular swimming spot – especially in the warmer months after the Summer rains have made the water a little more plentiful. If wanting to try out these cooler waters, remember to take note of the warning signs regarding diving and jumping for your own safety.

Mt Cougal, Mountain Pool, Springbrook, national park
Mt Cougal Mountain Pool

A further 400 metres brings you to the end of the track and the remains of the partly restored sawmill. The sawmill operated from 1942 – 1951 producing timber for housing and crates for bananas grown in the Currumbin Valley.

Mt Cougal, sawmill, Currumbin
The sawmill at the end of the track

sawmill, Mt Cougal, Currumbin,
Machinery from the sawmill

Taking the opportunity to just stop and listen only enhances your experience on this walk. Pure silence except for the faint sound of rushing water, the serenading of birds in the trees, the occasional scrub turkey scratching around for its next meal is something you don't always appreciate until you have the chance to escape city life – even if only for a few hours.

bush turkey, scrub turkey, currumbin, mt cougal, national park, springbrook, birds
One of the scrub turkeys that stood still long enough to capture it on camera.

For anyone wanting to experience their "moment of pure peace" I highly recommend this beautiful and pristine area. Getting a "lost" isn't such a bad thing after all.
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Why? To enjoy nature and experience true peace and quiet.
When: Anytime
Where: If taking the 90 min drive from Brisbane, take exit 93 on the highway at Currumbin and follow Currumbin Creek Road.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Cougal Cascade is beautiful.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12567) 2407 days ago
Thanks for the tip for this off the road place of beauty. I agree that often the best stops are unplanned ones!
by Karina Bryer (score: 2|251) 2407 days ago
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