A visit to Springbrook National Park is my favourite day trip from Brisbane – when we choose not to go to the beach. It is just a short drive from Brisbane. There are many easy walk options with spectacular views of the rainforest and on beautiful falls.
Just near the Gold Coast, it can be a perfect opportunity for a weekend away: one day at the beach, one day in the forest!
You’ll find many walks and lookouts in Springbrook. The two places that I highly recommend checking out if you have a limited time and cannot explore them all: Natural Bridge and Twin Falls Circuit.
Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park
This is likely to be the most touristy spot in Springbrook National Park. But as they built a beautiful boardwalk so the traffic is flowing rather freely to keep the visit enjoyable. The views on all the different facets of the Natural Bridge waterfall are remarkable.
As it is a popular destination, the wildlife is limited, but you can always hear many birds during the walk. We also spotted a python a few meters away from the track. The cave near the fall is inhabited by small bats that you can distinguish if you look attentively. If you visit the Natural Bridge during summer, try to plan your trip so you stay after sunset to see the glow worms.
It took us time to get the timing right, but it was a fascinating experience. Make sure you turn off all your lights before entering the cave. You will adapt to the obscurity. The glow worms cover and light up the entire cave, it looks magical. Don’t forget to also turn off your light while you’re on the track: we saw glowing mushrooms too!
Sadly, it is also a perfect place to fulfil my new commitment to clean My Favourite Escapes. It is surprising how people can travel that far to admire the nature and leave their rubbish there… We spotted (and took back with us) bottles of wine or cans of beers on the side of the track.
Twin Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park
It could be the most diverse 4km hike I know.
You start from the top of the cliff with spectacular views up to the ocean to then go down through the rainforest from one waterfall to another, between rocks and caves. I enjoy it a lot every time I go there.
The hike is relatively easy and only took us about 90 minutes (whereas it was indicated 2 to 3 hours on the sign!) – but be ready to go up and down.
Although it is when the falls get more impressive, I always tend to avoid the heat of summer for hikes. Moreover, the paths sometimes get closed after storms.
Where is Springbrook National Park?
Springbrook National Park is in the Gold Coast hinterland. It takes about 1.5 hours to drive there from Brisbane.
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