Nine of us drove down from Brisbane to Tallanbana picnic ground at Springbrook to start the walk. We had only walked one kilometre before we came to a locked gate and sign to say the Warrie Circuit track was closed. We checked online and discovered it had been closed because of tree falls from recent bad storms in the area. There were a lot of big trees down over the track.
Springbrook National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, located in the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland. The 6,197-hectare (15,310-acre) park is situated on the McPherson Range, approximately 100 kilometres south of Brisbane.
After completing the walks around the Twin Falls area, we drove to the end of Forestry Road to the car park for Purling Brook Falls. I had never been there before. The walk down to the falls was very beautiful through the rainforest. The track was busy, probably with other people who couldn't do the Warrie Circuit walk.
We went down and back the same track which was 4 kilometres return. On the way, we saw a land mullet, a small blue bird and a large brown bird. It was only the second land mullet I have seen. I saw my first one on the Warrie Circuit walk in 2016. These glossy black lizards are the largest members of the skink family. Some people on our walk had never seen one before. They are usually pretty shy. I didn't get a good look at the brown bird, but some of the others said it had a pigeon type face.
The waterfalls were very beautiful. We had a restful lunch sitting by the waterfall, watching some young people taking selfies. I was impressed with one young fellow who had his 'Saturday' underpants on because it was Saturday. He told me he has a pair for each day of the week. His friend had his 'Ralph' underpants on.
The track used to go around behind the waterfall, but this has now been restricted. Access is prohibited from the top and base of the waterfall. There is a further two kilometre track to Waringa Pool, where you can swim but we didn't go there this time.
The circuit track is closed, so we went back the way we came down.
We only walked about a total of ten kilometres before heading off for coffee to the Lost Fawn Café at 2319 Springbrook Rd. As we drank our coffee, cold drinks and ate delicious scones and cream, we were serenaded by butcher birds, king parrots and magpies. The female toilets were marked 'Doe', and even the coffee had a fawn motif on it.
The walks were easy and most people with reasonable fitness could manage them. We saw lots of children with their parents on the tracks. There was even one couple carrying their six-month-old baby in a front harness pack. You do need to watch children closely though as the tracks could get slippery. Some sections are close to cliff edges.