I'm Anna - a full time worker and keen adventurer who loves to explore and make the most of what life has to offer. My partner and I enjoy spending our weekends in the great outdoors and getting off the beaten track.
Published March 16th 2017
Are you ready to explore Springbrook National Park?
If you're from Brisbane, chances are that you've already heard of Springbrook National Park. If you haven't visited yet, here are 7 reasons why you should!
1. It's Affordable
Yes, that's right. Compared to going to the movies, shopping, theme parks and other typical days trips, visiting Springbrook National Park can save you some serious cash. Apart from your petrol costs, Springbrook National Park is absolutely free.
2. It's Good Exercise If you're like me and you can't stand working out in a gym, then you can take a relaxing (or hardcore) bushwalk along one of the many walking tracks in Springbrook National Park. There are four regions within Springbrook National Park so there are plenty of tracks to choose from. The walks range from easy 30m strolls up to difficult 17km hikes – the choice is entirely up to you. See the NPSR website for more information on the walking tracks.
As part of the World Heritage listed Godwana Rainforests of Australia, it's only natural you'd expect to see some waterfalls. The most popular is Purling Brook Falls, a 106m Horsetail waterfall that provides some spectacular views after heavy rain. Other waterfalls include Twin Falls, Morans Falls and Goomoolahra Falls.
4. The Picnic Areas are Awesome Sounds of nature all around, water trickling nearby, shady trees and electric BBQs. Picnic grounds don't get better than this! The standout picnic ground in Springbrook would have to be the Goomoolahra Falls Picnic Ground. Nestled in the rainforest at the top of the falls, this picnic area provides the relaxing ambience you need to enjoy your picnic. Wood BBQs, shelter and toilets are provided here.
Picnic by the water at Goomoolahra Falls
5. There are Epic Scenic Lookouts Lookouts give you the opportunity to experience panoramic views of the Springbrook plateau, the ocean in the distance, World Heritage Rainforest and much more. Some lookouts provide excellent vantage points for sunrises and sunsets. See here for more information.
6. You Might See a Lamington Spiny Crayfish If you're lucky and visit when it's wet, you might spot one of these bad boys while you're walking. The Lamington Spiny Crayfish is unique to this part of the world and can vary in colour. The Spiny Crayfishes found in Springbrook are a vibrant blue colour.
Lamington Spiny Crayfish (Photo courtesy of QLD Museum)
7. It's Nearby
You don't want to spend hours trying to get to your destination, get there and then turn around to go home. Springbrook is the perfect distance for a daytrip or weekend getaway. Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Springbrook is 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane. Take exit 79 off the Pacific Motorway and follow the signs to the Gold Coast Springbrook Road.