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Published December 26th 2021
Spectacular waterfalls and ancient forests, Warrie Circuit descends into a beautiful gorge in Springbrook National Park. This area is part of the Gondwana Rainforest of Australia World Heritage Area protecting unique flora and fauna. This hike requires a certain level of bushwalking experience, fitness and ankle supporting footwear for rock hopping creeks, climbing around fallen trees and negotiating muddy and slippery tracks.
Including Twin Falls, the trail is about 16 km long - allow 5-6 hours. The trail is classified 4 due to the length, the muddy sections, exposed roots and creek crossings. In some parts, the trail may have fallen trees and logs to contend with.
You must have bushwalking experience and some fitness to cope with the length of the walk and gaining of elevation on the way back. The trail descends gradually into the gorge to the first beautiful waterfall Twin Falls. Stop to have morning tea at the Meeting of the Waters, where the creeks converge into one.
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More posing for a photo at the start of the trail. Photo by Author.
Start the walk at Tallanbana Picnic Area, just off Springbrook Road. There are tables and benches and toilets for your convenience. Tallanbana Picnic area is about 800 metres above sea level, then the trail descends gradually to about 300 metres above sea level at the Meeting of the Waters. From there, the trail starts to climb back with a gaining of about 500 metres.
The plants and the trees in the forest form habitats for the birds and other animals. On the forest floor scrub turkeys eat insects and fruits and build mound-like nests of leaf litter. Eastern yellow robins hunt insects in the understory. Green catbirds eat fruit in the middle storey and fly to the canopy if alarmed.
The Strangler Fig starts as a seed which germinated high up on the host tree. Then the little plant sends leafy shoots towards the sun and sends roots down to the ground. The roots grow bigger and bigger and fuse together around the trunk of the host forming a woody frame.
Warrie trail crosses a few creeks and gullies. It reaches Meeting of the Waters and then it climbs up the western side of the gorge.
Meeting of the Waters is about halfway of the circuit, there are about 6.7 km to the carpark at Tallanbana Picnic Area.
The Christmas Orchid Calanthe triplicata is a native terrestrial orchid that grows in the rainforest near creeks. The beautiful flowers are white on tall stems and the leaves are deep green. The stems support multiple flowers some open, some still to bloom.
Pouteria Australis, also called Black Apple and Black Plum, is a native tree of the rainforest in Queensland and New South Wales. The fruit resembles an apple or a plum with shiny and purplish skin. The fruit is edible raw when it is ripe and contains brown long seeds.
The very last part of the Warrie circuit runs parallel to Canyon Parade. From the Canyon Lookout, there are stunning views over the sheer cliffs with the Twin Falls and Rainbow Falls. You can also see the Gold Coast and the ocean.
Park your car at Tallanbana Picnic Area, just off Springbrook Road. Tallanbana Picnic Area is just five minutes drive, 4 km from Springbrook Village. There are tables and benches and a toilet block at Tallanbana Picnic Area.
What to bring.
Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeves, light raincoat, recommended hiking ankle supportive boots, first aid kit, torch, insect repellent (give preference to cream or roll-on that are more environmentally friendly than the spray), hat, sunscreen, gloves, walking poles - if you like to use them, sock protectors or gaiters. Consider to pack some extra clothes and leave them in the car. Pack some clean footwear and socks.
For this hike, consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the bush.
Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 2.0 litres of water and snacks. During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration. You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.
Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!
Practice minimal impact bushwalkers taking great care to avoid leaving any rubbish. Remember - pack it in, pack it out. This includes all food scraps, scraps of foil and sweet's wrappers.
Take all your rubbish with you, including used tissues, apple cores, eggshells, orange and banana peels. If you see rubbish on the trail please collect it and dispose it responsibly. Do not disturb or interfere with wildlife. Do not disturb rocks. Do not remove plants or anything from National Parks or Natural Reserves. Stay on tracks all time. Do not use shortcut to avoid erosion.
Please follow directions on all safety and legislative signs, this protects you and the numerous threatened and endangered species in the park.
Use toilets when available. Away from toilets, take care with sanitation and hygiene and don't pollute natural water supplies. Ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper is properly buried 15cm deep well away from tracks, campsites and 100m from all watercourses and drainage channels. Carry a small trowel for this purpose. Bag and carry out disposable nappies and sanitary products.
Make sure your boots are always clean, avoid the spread of pathogens, disease producing organisms such as phytophthora, myrtle rust and amphibian chytrid fungus. Soil and detritus can contain pathogens such as fungal spores that are harmful to the forest and frogs.