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Follow winding trails along forested gorges and stop at waterfalls and lookouts along the way in scenic Springbrook National Park. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a unique slice of wilderness.
The sanctuary is known for its diverse flora and fauna and wonderful views. The park stretches over 6721acres (2719 hectares) in the so-called Scenic Rim of southeast Queensland, a mountainous and forested area close to the New South Wales border.
Take a drive to Canyon Lookout for jaw-dropping views of the Gold Coast punctuated by volcanic ridges and valleys. From there, you can take the Twin Falls Circuit, a 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) track that passes behind two waterfalls and through rock clefts. Follow the Purling Brook Falls circuit to see spectacular waterfalls from a suspension bridge across Little Nerang Creek.
Don’t miss the Natural Bridge, the park’s most picturesque geological feature. The rock was formed over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. Take the fairly easy circuit walk over Cave Creek to see the waterfall entering the cave, forming a picture-perfect emerald pool.Wander back through the rainforest and listen out for green catbirds, paradise riflebirds and wompoo fruit-doves. Join a nocturnal tour on summer nights to view the amazing light show put on by glow worms, luminous fungi and fireflies.
A café opposite the Wunburra Lookout offers home-made lunch dishes or Devonshire tea in a quaint cottage dining room setting. There are also many beautiful places to stop and have a picnic, such as the lovely Goomoolahra Falls Picnic Area.
Springbrook National Park is about a two-hour drive south of Brisbane. Book ahead via the Queensland Government website to reserve a basic camp site within the park or stay just outside the park in privately run campgrounds, lodges and bed-and-breakfast rooms.
Situated in a national park, this cottage is steps away from Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Springbrook National Park. Canyon Lookout and Best Of All Lookout are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in the mountains, this luxury chalet is steps away from Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Springbrook National Park. Canyon Lookout and Bilbrough Falls are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Upper Crystal Creek, this luxury cottage is steps away from Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Springbrook National Park. Numinbah Nature Reserve is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) away.
Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is within 2 miles (3 km) of Numinbah Nature Reserve, Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Couchy Creek Nature Reserve. Limpinwood Nature Reserve and Crystal Creek Miniatures are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Austinville, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Boomerang Farm Golf Course and within 9 miles (15 km) of Springbrook National Park and Robina Town Centre. The Glades Golf Club and Cbus Super Stadium are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Binna Burra, this luxury lodge is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Gold Coast Great Walk and 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lamington National Park.
Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Springbrook National Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Burleigh Beach and David Fleay Wildlife Park. Stockland Burleigh Heads Shopping Centre and Burleigh Brewing Company are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Binna Burra, this lodge is within 2 miles (3 km) of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Lamington National Park and Gold Coast Great Walk. Rosins Lookout Conservation Park and Denham Scenic Reserve are also within 9 miles (15 km).