The Ecosystem of Natural Arch and Springbrook

In 1994, the Springbrook National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Gondwana Rainforest on the Gold Coast that characterises it. Here, the plateau is a throwback to the days when the northern part of the park was once made up of an impressive volcano. It rose around 2000m skywards, and its lava flows have created the sheer cliffs that can be found around Springbrook to this very day.

Today, heavy rainfall feeds the meandering streams in the park, powering several waterfalls and continuing to shape the landscape over time. Natural Bridge is a fine example of the water’s incredible power. At one point in time, the bridge was the lip of an ancient waterfall before its soft base was eroded by swirling waters.

Now, rocks in the stream have created a sort of pot-hole, which has opened up into the cave beneath. The old lip now looks like a bridge, hence the name of this fascinating natural wonder.

The Flora of Springbrook

The pretty backdrop of Springbrook is created with a diverse array of colourful, native plant life. The mixture of temperatures means there are plenty of different species to look out for, including the pink-trunked brush box and lichen-encrusted coachwood. The warmer temperatures of the rainforest see a collection of tropical species continuing to thrive here.

There are also two different kinds of open eucalypt forest on the Springbrook plateau and in the deeper Numinbah Valley. You can find white-trunked flooded gums soaring above tropical palms and ferns, while Blue Mountain Ash varieties can be found on poorer soils.

The Animal Life in Springbrook

The size of the park and its many different landscapes mean there are an incredible array of animals living there. Most commonly, you’ll find rainforest wallabies – keep an eye out for them as they dart across the roads and feed at the edge of tracks when the sun begins to set.

You might also have the pleasure of spotting brushtail possums, sugar gliders, and koalas as they bask in the lush rainforest scenery.

Listen out for the distinctive calls of the cuckoo-dove and the elusive Albert’s lyrebird while you’re exploring, as well as smaller species of bird that thrive on along the lush tracks, including yellow robins, fantails, and the incredibly dainty fairy-wren.

Nature lovers will revel in the sheer diversity of the ecosystem in Springbrook and its surrounding regions. The landscape is thousands of years old and has remained home to an ever-growing and fascinating collection of plant and animal life just waiting to be explored.