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For a change of scenery and a cooler change during our warm sticky Summer days Springbrook mountain and plateau is only 32 kilometres from the Gold Coast. Spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees, impressive views, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty makes this a worthwhile day trip whilst visiting the Gold Coast.
Springbrook is part of the world heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest and is made up mainly of National Park. The drive up is via a winding road, which is one lane in some parts, you will be rewarded with glimpses of breathtaking views back over the high-rise buildings of the Gold Coast. Small cascades of water trickling over rocky escarpments, burbling brooks and streams, lush green rainforest featuring ferns and the tallest of trees and plunging deep canyons are all on offer.
Along the way there are many lookouts with panoramic views, quaint little cafes and teahouses to stop for some refreshments, parks with picnic and BBQ facilities and walking trails to suit all levels of fitness. Explore these forest habitats with nine different walks and encounter the diverse wildlife – such as the the elusive and unique Albert’s Lyrebird.
Luckily we have had recent rainfall so the water was cascading down the 100m Purling Brook Falls into the deep canyon below. There are several walks available at Purling Brook Falls, starting with the short 100 metre walk to the lookout, the more challenging 4 kilometre circuit walk or the 6 kilometre Waringa Pools walk. All offer magnificent views of the waterfall and dense rainforest vegetation.
The name says it all! This lookout offers majestic panoramic views to the south over the Tweed Valley and Tweed Coastline and breathtaking views of Mount Warning.
Take in the superb views of Twin and Rainbow Falls, the sheer walls of The Canyon and the ocean beyond from the easy to get to Canyon Lookout.
Don’t forget to stop by The Old Teahouse Gallery on the way back down the mountain for a sumptuous Devonshire tea and a browse in the gallery.
There is nothing more refreshing than the cooling mountain air and the verdant green vegetation of a rainforest to instantly make you feel alive. I enjoyed my outing to Springbrook and would highly recommend it to visitors and locals alike for a great day trip from the Gold Coast or Brisbane.
Check out my previous post In My Backyard: Tamborine Mountain for more of the Gold Coast Hinterland.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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