National Parks


QLD Gold Coast- Springbrook National Park

Over thousands of years, water and volcanic activity have carved a spectacular landscape of cliffs, gorges and waterfalls around the Springbrook Plateau just behind the Gold Coast. Almost 3000ha of rainforest, open forest and montane heath are protected in Springbrook National Park. Picturesque creeks, tumbling waterfalls and panoramic views make Springbrook one of the state’s most popular parks.

More than 100 bird species live in the park and rare and threatened animals like the Richmond birdwing rely on Springbrook’s forests for their survival. Ten percent of the plants are only found locally.

Springbrook is part of a chain of mountains and forest remnants on both sides of the Queensland/New South Wales border known as the “Scenic Rim”. These forests are protected in the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves World Heritage Area.

Springbrook is a refreshingly cool retreat from the summer heat. The park’s picnic areas and walking tracks are very popular.

Take a scenic drive to Springbrook and enjoy spectacular views over the Gold Coast and hinterland. Go for a short walk or simply relax in the bush.

Find a perfect picnic spot at Goomoolahra, Tallanbana or Gwongorella. You might see brush-turkeys, satin bowerbirds, noisy miners and crimson rosellas. Toilets, a shelter shed, picnic tables and barbecues are provided. Gwongorella has electric barbecues. Boil the water for five minutes before drinking or take your own water supply.

Enjoy a bushwalk in the fresh mountain air. Look for logrunners in the rainforest leaf litter or listen for the call of the Albert’s lyrebird. The Twin Falls circuit is a great introduction to the park. See rainforest, open forest and montane heath, waterfalls and scenic views on this short walk.

You can bush camp at Purling Brook Falls. Campsites are limited and bookings are essential. The campground has very basic facilities (no showers or bins) and is unsuitable for caravans. Bush camping is not allowed in the park.

Discover the plateau’s fascinating past and the present-day forests at the Springbrook Information Centre. The centre is housed in a 1911 schoolhouse.

Choose from graded tracks between 700m and 17km. The Purling Brook Falls circuit is the most popular walk.


Springbrook is 30km from Nerang or 42km from Mudgeeraba via the Springbrook plateau.

Further Information

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 15187
City East Q 4002

13 QGOV (13 74 68)