Springbrook National Park Tours
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Part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforests, the startling landscapes of Springbrook National Park are among the many highlights of Queensland’s Gold Coast Hinterlands. Carved out by an ancient volcano, the rugged plateau is now a natural wonderland of forested gorges, jagged cliffs, and cascading waterfalls.
Most visitors opt to explore Springbrook National Park on a day trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, often in combination with the neighboring Mt. Tamborine National Park, famous for its glowworm caves. A typical full-day tour might include a visit to landmarks such as the Natural Bridge and Cave Creek Waterfall; a short walk through the rain forest, spotting exotic birds and other wildlife; and a spectacular view over the Numinbah Valley followed by a picnic lunch at Purling Brook Falls.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Springbrook National Park is ideal for outdoors lovers, hikers, and bird watchers, who will want to look out for the rare Albert’s lyrebird, found only at Springbrook.
- There is no entrance fee to enter the national park.
- A 4WD is recommended for driving in the park.
- The park has limited visitor facilities, so be sure to bring everything you need including comfortable shoes, sun or rain protection, food, and plenty of water.
How to Get There
Springbrook National Park is located 65 miles (105 kilometers) south of Brisbane and it’s an around 1.5-hour drive from the city or 45-minute drive from the Gold Coast. There are no public transport options for reaching the park so the only way to get there is to join a guided tour or hire a private vehicle.
When to Get There
You can visit Springbrook all year, but the most popular time is the summer months (December to March). The forested mountains are often much cooler than the beaches and coastal towns, so don’t worry about it being too hot to hike. From June to September, the weather is ideal for hiking but it can get cold in evening, so bring some warm clothing.
Hiking in Springbrook
The best way to experience Springbrook is on foot. Many of the walks in Springbrook National Park are signposted, making it easy to find your way, and some also include information boards explaining the various plants and wildlife. Popular short walks include the 2-hour Twin Falls Circuit, passing through lush rain forest, where you can admire the views from Canyon Lookout and swim in a natural rock pool. Another busy trail is the Purling Brook Falls Circuit, a 2- to 3-hour hike including a suspension bridge through a dramatic gorge. For something more challenging, the Warrie Circuit is a full-day hike (around 6 hours) to stunning Goomoolahra Falls.
Address: Springbrook, Australia
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Springbrook National Park
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Journey into the hinterlands on this 5-hour afternoon tour of the Springbrook National Park from the Gold Coast. Explore the UNESCO-listed Goondawanna rainforests by coach, stopping to walk through the jungle, peek into ancient caves and enjoy views of Mount Warning from the Best of All Lookout. Visit natural wonders like Purling Brook Falls, Numinbah valley and Rainbow Falls, and soak up the scenery from the Canyon Lookout. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people for a personalised experience, and includes hotel pick-up and afternoon tea.
Nature and Wildlife
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast for the day on this tour around through the serene Springbrook National Park. Explore miles and miles of stunning Australian rain forest with help from your guide, a former Queensland Wildlife Ranger. Discover hidden waterfalls and animal habitats, meet the glowworms living under the unreal Natural Bridge, and take stunning photos at the park’s many lookouts including the appropriately-named Best of All Lookouts.
Exploring the Gold Coast Hinterland can be a challenge if you don’t have your own transport, but this full-day tour from the Gold Coast offers the perfect introduction. Discover the natural wonders of the Springbrook National Park, stopping to take in the views of Mt Warning and the Numinbah Valley, and admire landmarks including the Natural Arch, Rainbow Falls, and Goomalarah Falls.
Consult with your dedicated personal tour guide to develop a hiking itinerary best suited to your group. With two national parks to explore, we offer trails with distance and difficulty ranging from 1km strolls to 20+km epics. Want to focus on waterfalls, ancient Antarctic Beech forests or a spectacular sunrise? Book a Private Tour and create your own unforgettable rainforest experience!
See the waterfalls of Springbrook National Park Discover Natural Bridge and it's waterfall through the rock Spot the glow worms View the Gold Coast from the numerous lookouts Relax in the surroundings of the National Parks
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Springbrook National Park?
The best ways to experience Springbrook National Park are:
- World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural Bridge
- Small group Gold Coast Mountain Tour: Springbrook National Park and Mt Tamborine
- Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast
- Private Tour
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