A day at Springbrook National Park

Time for another little day trip in the Gold Coast Hinterland. I had never been along this section (that I could remember, anyway!) – probably because it’s a little out of the way.

We stopped for lunch at a cafe with a nice view – at least down the bottom of the property:

Out the back at Polly's Country Kitchen Cafe, near Springbrook National Park
Out the back at Polly’s Country Kitchen Cafe, near Springbrook National Park

The next stop was at the bottom of the winding road, at Wunburra Lookout. You could see the Gold Coast from here, as well as quite a lot of Springbrook National Park:

Wunburra Lookout, Springbrook Naitonal Park
Wunburra Lookout, Springbrook Naitonal Park
Wunburra Lookout, Springbrook Naitonal Park
Wunburra Lookout, Springbrook Naitonal Park

Across the road from the Lookout is a Crystal Healing and Cafe place. They also sell all sorts of gemstones etc. We had a look through their things and I loved the ammonites they had on display, and the pretty flowers out the front:

Near Wunburra Lookout, Springbrook Naitonal Park
Near Wunburra Lookout, Springbrook Naitonal Park
Near Wunburra Lookout, Springbrook Naitonal Park
Near Wunburra Lookout, Springbrook Naitonal Park

We continued along for about 20 minutes and came to the Purling Brook Falls section of the park. I was concerned at first that we wouldn’t be able to park, because the street was full of cars. But there was parking at the Falls, even though it was quite busy. There are two different views at the top of the falls, from both sides. We decided to walk the 4km circuit, which is best done clockwise. The first lookout is 100m from the car park:

Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

Then the walk takes you past a creek which is the top of another smaller waterfall:

Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

The path to the bottom of the falls is quite narrow – single file all the way! There are also quite a few steps, which is why it’s best done clockwise, I believe!

Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

As always in the rainforest – there’s beautiful, coloured fungus everywhere:

Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

This little nook reminded me of the Snowgum Boardwalk in Charlotte’s Pass at Kosciuszko National Park:

Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

The little waterfall I mentioned is on the track:

Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

A little further along is the actual Purling Brook Fall. A few people were swimming in the creek and pools around the waterfall. It didn’t look very appealing to me!

Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

From here you can also do another 2km round trip to some rock pools where you can swim, but the weather was threating thunder storms so we decided not to go there.

It was a beautiful rainforest setting all around:

Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

There’s a little bridge that crosses the creek to continue on the circuit back to the top on the other side:

Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

Because of the thunderstorm we could hear getting nearer and nearer, we hurried up the 2km from the bottom of the fall to the top, not stopping for many photos until we were at the second lookout at the top:

Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the bottom of the falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

I didn’t even notice the duck in this photo at first, so I zoomed in and took a closer-up one. I couldn’t linger though because the thunder was awfully close and we didn’t want to get drenched:

Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
Views at the top of the Falls, Purling Brook Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

We were lucky and made it to the car with just a couple of drops of rain and drove through the downpour on the way home.

Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.

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