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Published February 26th 2016
Get a SPRING in your step at Springbrook
Springbrook National Park is the perfect destination for a weekend day trip, and just over an hour away. Exploring Springbrook is so easy, not least because the best spots are gathered within minutes of each other.
A handy list of most of the walking tracks and lookouts around this area can be found here - with more tracks that I didn't get a chance to visit.
For us, the road trip began the second we turned off the Pacific Motorway, when the scenery turns lovely and green. As we drove up Springbrook Rd to the first sight on the itinerary, we passed by a gorgeous teahouse, The Old Teahouse Gallery. Definitely well worth a stop, as we discovered on our way back.
Our first stop was Purling Brook Falls. It's a very short walk to the falls themselves, which unfortunately weren't raging the day we were there, but can, after heavy rains, be pretty impressive. The trail continues, if you choose to take it, to a further lookout spot, and goes on in a 4km circuit. Neither of us being keen hikers, we turned back after we'd had our fill of the sights.
There are quite a few lunch choices along Springbrook Road. Having had a fairly late start in Brisbane, we stopped for a lunch break at the Scuttlebut Cafe after returning from the walk to Purling Brook Falls. It was a fairly run of the mill country cafe, but though it was slightly lacking in ambience, the food was impressive. I had also bookmarked the Dancing Waters Cafe and Puddleducks Cafe as potential lunch options, so there's plenty of choice.
Next stop was the Canyon Lookout. There's a view here to some of the surrounding falls and all the way out to the Gold Coast on a clear day. A little further along Springbrook Road turns to the left, toward another lookout spot, the Gooloomahra Falls Lookout, another very short track that affords a clear view of the Gooloomahra Falls to the north.
For the final sight along the Springbrook track, the Best of All Lookout, it's necessary to backtrack a little back down Springbrook Road to turn off onto Repeater Station Road. The weather had turned foggy for us at this point, and though I enjoyed the misty atmosphere along the track itself, we discovered the Best of All view was shrouded in fog. It was still worth a look, and no doubt it's even better when the weather is clear.
We stopped at the Old Teahouse on the way back down; a delightful little cafe, with the tables set overlooking the garden. The tea selection is presented to you on a tray to assist with your choice. It ended up being the highlight of my day.
Overall, our adventure to Springbrook was enormously fun, and I would highly recommend the road trip should you find yourself with some good weather on a spare weekend.