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In My Backyard: Springbrook

  • January 13, 2015
  • By 50 Shades
  • 20 Comments
Views to the west from Springbrook

Views to the west from Springbrook

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.

Ferny fringed road to Springbrook

Ferny fringed road to Springbrook

Springbrook National Park

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.

Views back over the Gold Coast from Springbrook

Views back over the Gold Coast from Springbrook

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.

Puddle Ducks Cafe, Springbrook

Puddle Ducks Cafe, Springbrook

Purling Brook Falls

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.

Purling Brook Falls

Purling Brook Falls

Springbrook Walks

  • Wunburra Lookout – Class 2 walking track 30 metres return.
  • Canyon Lookout – Class 1 walking track 30 metres return.
  • Goomoolahra Falls Lookout – Class 2 walking track 200 metres return.
  • Best Of All Lookout – Class 2 walking track 600 metre return.
  • Purling Brooks Falls Circuit – Class 3 walking track 4 kilometres return.
  • Twin Falls Circuit – Class 3 walking track 4 kilometres return.
  • Warrie Circuit – Class 4 walking track 17 kilometres return.
In My Backyard: Springbrook

Rainforest Vegetation, Springbrook

Best of Views Lookout

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.

Best of Views Lookout, Springbrook

Best of Views Lookout, Springbrook

Canyon Lookout

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.

Canyon Lookout, Springbrook

Canyon Lookout, Springbrook

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.

The Old Teahouse Gallery

The Old Teahouse 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.

Linking up with Travel Photo Thursday

 

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By 50 Shades, January 13, 2015 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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50 Shades

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.

20 Comments
  • Pinky Poinker
    January 13, 2015

    When I first visited my husband on the Gold Coast this is where he took me. Absolutely stunning :)

    • Kathy
      January 13, 2015

      Well that would bring back very romantic memories Pinky. Springbrook is indeed stunning and I wish I had more time to do some more walks. :)

  • Marian@The Living Well in Retirement Challenge
    January 13, 2015

    You have captured the beauty of this stunning part of our wonderful country! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Kathy
      January 14, 2015

      Thank you Marian. The mountains in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast do have a lot of natural beauty. I loved taking my camera along to capture this.

  • Lyn @thetravellinglindfields
    January 14, 2015

    I am fairly sure I have had afternoon tea or lunch or something at that tea house. Great atmosphere.

    • Kathy
      January 14, 2015

      The Old Teahouse is a fantastic place for Devonshire Tea or even High Tea. The gallery is also very interesting. Thank you for visiting my blog. :)

  • Kim Acedo
    January 15, 2015

    WOW! I love the lush vegetation and green EVERYWHERE!

    • Kathy
      January 15, 2015

      Yes it is very beautiful in the hinterland this time of year as it is our wet season. It is a great time to do some bushwalking and sightseeing. :)

  • noelmorata
    January 16, 2015

    What a lush and tropical area, those views to the coastlines look stunning!

    • Kathy
      January 16, 2015

      Thank you Noel. On a clear day you can see so far out to the Gold Coast and down to the Tweed Coast. The fact that we have had recent rainfall also added to the lush greenness and beauty of the mountains. It is a photographer’s dream! Thank you for dropping by my blog.

  • budgettraveltalk
    January 16, 2015

    Great Photos. We’ve been to this area. We stayed for a night or two at a modern Queenslander at Canyon Lookout quite a few years ago and we went on some of the walks. I’m sorry I missed that teahouse though!

    • Kathy
      January 16, 2015

      Thanks Jan. I really enjoyed my day trip to Springbrook after recent rainfall. It had been very dry here up until Christmas, but now it is lush and green everywhere again which makes for much more spectacular photos. Canyon Lookout had the most magnificent views down over the canyon and out to the Gold Coast. It would be a lovely place to stay. Yes the Old Teahouse has the best Devonshire Tea!!

  • Nancie
    January 16, 2015

    Hi Kathy! What a fab day trip. I love the heat, but it’s always nice to be able to get away from it for a little bit. Love the views, and tea to end the days sounds perfect. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

    • Kathy
      January 16, 2015

      It is a wonderful way to escape the heat that we have been experiencing here in Queensland. Because we have also had some good rainfall everything is lovely and green. It instantly makes you feel cooler.:)

  • Red Nomad OZ
    January 16, 2015

    I remember visiting Purlingbrook Falls at the end of summer and taking photos of everything just because it was so green!! There’s not much green around in summer in South Australia … It’s been WAY too long since I’ve been to Springbrook – hope my 2015 travels take me there!

    • Kathy
      January 17, 2015

      I was even pleasantly surprised as to how beautiful and green Springbrook was. It is amazing how much beauty there is in our hinterland. I am going to have to get out there more often with my camera. Yes we were travelling through SA early last year and it was extremely dry.

  • Toni
    January 16, 2015

    I’ve not been up since Christmas and the rain arrived, it’s looking fabulously green, must head in again soon. Your photos are gorgeous.

    • Kathy
      January 17, 2015

      Thank you Toni. What a difference some decent rainfall made to our beautiful hinterland. It was a magnificent sight to see water cascading down over the deep canyons and lush green everywhere. Thanks for visiting my blog. I will definitely be checking yours out as well. :)

  • malaysianmeanders
    January 18, 2015

    I feel the coolness just looking at our photo of the ferns by the side of the road. I like that they rate the trails as I am sometimes hesitant that it may end up being more difficult than what I anticipated. The views from the lookout are so pretty. It does indeed look like a great escape from the heat.

    • Kathy
      January 18, 2015

      We have had weeks and weeks of oppressive heat so a trip to the mountains is definitely just what the doctor ordered. Our National Parks do a good job with all the walking trails providing good pathways and clear information about the difficulty of the walks. I hope to bring you more of our beautiful hinterland. :)

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