Springbrook National Park is a cool eucalypt forest and temperate rainforest offering spectacular bird watching, bushwalks and some of the most stunning natural vistas in Queensland. It is one of the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, making it a popular getaway for travellers and locals alike.
Dominating much of the Gold Coast’s western skyline, Springbrook National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The majesty of ancient beech trees and breathtaking views of Mt Warning are something to be admired, as is the abundance of native wildlife - the subtropical rainforest houses more rare and threatened species than any area in southeast Queensland.
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Springbrook National Park is divided into four distinct areas, each home to picnic areas, walking and hiking trails and stunning natural scenery. The Springbrook area is home to the most dramatic lookouts over rugged rainforest-covered hills punctuated by spectacular cliff faces. East Peak and West Peak dominate the Mt Cougal region, which offers a fascinating insight into the area’s logging history. The Numinbah area is just nearby, where horseback riding is allowed on designated trails. The creeks in the area also offer the chance of seeing a platypus in the wild – but only if you look closely. The Natural Bridge section is named after a unique waterfall falling over a naturally-created rock arch. The cave formed is home to a colony of glow worms, a fascinating sight to see. There’s plenty of waterfalls, lookouts and camping areas across the four areas.
Despite being an easy two-hour drive south of Brisbane, Springbrook National Park is still a wilderness area, so it is important visitors come prepared. Always bring wet weather gear and warm clothing no matter what time of year you visit, as the weather can change quickly up in the mountains. Bring sufficient food and water, and be sure to bring rubbish bags as no bins are provided in the picnic areas. Springbrook is best accessed by private car, so visitors can slowly meander through the park, taking in the wonders of the natural region at their own pace.