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Warrie Circuit @ Springbrook

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published December 12th 2014
Springbrook's best walk
After having been closed for a long time, Warrie Circuit is finally open. This hike takes you up and down cliffs on gentle paths, through (not beside but under) water falls, passing through varied vegetation and provides amazing views. A must do for fans of longer hikes.

Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park

Springbrook is an amazing little national park that is often overlooked when compared against the vast area of Lamington, the rugged terrain of Mt Barney or the easy accessibility of Tamborine. Yet locals often cite Springbrook as their favourite national park in South East Queensland.

The first question is whether to do the hike in a clockwise or counterclockwise manner. There is very little difference in steepness between one way or the other, however if you go clockwise, the best waterfalls and views will be at the start of the hike and if you go counterclockwise they will be at the end of the hike. My recommendation is to go counterclockwise because you will have a lot more places to rest during the last climb up the hill.

Note: This is a well marked and easy track. There are long sections where you are following the paths up and down the cliffs, but these tracks are not steep with only the occasional stairs. One issue is that the track is 17 km long, so make sure you bring plenty of water. The falls are at their most spectacular when it has been raining, but it also makes the tracks that go under the falls slippery, so take care with that part of the track.

Rocky sections around waterfalls can be slippery when wet
Rocky sections around waterfalls can be slippery when wet

There is no one single place to start this walk. The track passes along the clifftop beside Springbrook Road and you can start at the Canyon Lookout or Tallanbana Picnic Area. The latter having more parking spots. At the Tallanbana Picnic Area walk through the picnic spot to find the start of the track. There are also toilet facilities here.

You will pass through Twin Falls and then Rainbow Falls. After that, when you reach the valley floor, it is just a straight and relaxing walk passing by 3 additional water falls. These are spectacular after recent rains, but otherwise don't get your hopes up too high.

Passing under one of many waterfalls
Passing under one of several waterfalls

Whichever way you hike the place to stop for lunch is the Meeting of the Waters. While the pools here are not really deep enough for swimming, they can provide a spot to sit and cool down on a hot day.

Rockpool at the meeting of the waters
Rockpool at the meeting of the waters

Going back up to the top of the cliff is a fairly easy path but it is continuously uphill. The four falls on the way, each off short side tracks, provide excuses to stop and rest.

At the top of the cliffs are three great lookouts that give you a feeling of accomplishment as you lookout over the valley. On a clear day you can see as far as the Gold Coast.

View from the cliffs
View from the cliffs

The best part is that Springbrook is home to several cafes to enjoy coffee, cake or a meal after the hike. The most convenient is Rosella's at Canyon Lookout.
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Why? Great views, great waterfalls and walk through waterfalls
Where: Tallanbana Picnic Area, 2731 Gold Coast-Springbrook Road, Springbrook QLD 4213
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Great update Roy. we have camped at Springbrook and it is good news that the Warrie circuit is at last open .Can also recommend Rosella cafe.
by binbo (score: 0|2) 2905 days ago
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