How do I get to Springbrook waterfalls?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: March 9, 2023

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Springbrook is a beautiful national park with waterfalls, a rainforest, and exceptional views.

Springbrook National Park offers some of the best scenic landscapes in Queensland from the waterfalls to the lush rainforests. The best way to get to Springbrook is by car or by booking a tour. Both options have their own advantages, but regardless it’s worth the trip out to Springbrook for a day!

By car

If you’ve got a car, you’ll be able to drive to Springbrook! If you’re around Gold Coast it can take around 50 minutes or if you’re in Brisbane it can take about an hour and a half to drive. When you have a car, it gives you a bit more freedom.

Booking a tour

If you don’t have a car to drive, booking a tour is another great option to get to Springbrook. There is a one day tour that takes you to Springbrook but it only departs from the Gold Coast area.

On the tour, you’ll explore Springbrook by going on guided rainforest walks. You’ll be seeing many different waterfalls, checking out scenic viewpoints, and seeing Natural Arch Bridge.

If a tour sounds like something you want to do, make sure you book early! This tour can get very popular and book out quickly.

What can I see in Springbrook?

When exploring Springbrook, you’ll be amazed at how beautiful and outstanding the area is. You have so much to explore, so let’s start talking about the highlights!

Natural Arch Bridge

Natural Arch was once a cave before many years of erosion from the waterfall above. The waterfall caused a hole in the cave, which created the arch. Now the Natural Bridge Waterfall flows through the arch and splashes into the blue lake below.

To reach Natural Arch there is a short one kilometre circuit walk before you reach the fascinating rock formation. There is a platform inside the cave to be able to have a better look.

If you visit at night, you’ll have the chance to see some glow worms! Also seeing Natural Arch at night where the moonlight lights up the cave slightly is magnificent.

Rainforest walks

As you walk through the lush rainforest, you’ll see ancient trees and might spot rare plants and birds. There are many different rainforests walks at Springbrook and some have a natural lookout. The two walks with the lookout points are the Canyon lookout and Warrie circuit.

No matter what walk you decide to do, keep a lookout for some rare plants and wildlife. You’re likely to spot a few different birds as there are over 100 bird species that call Springbrook home.


Springbrook has some remarkable waterfalls that you must see. Head over to Purling Brook Falls lookout right after there’s been rain in the area. You can even take a walk around the nearby area of the forest and to the base of the falls to walk across the bridge.

Natural Bridge Waterfall at Natural Arch is again amazing to see. Just watching the waterfall come through the opening of the arch and crash through into the lake.

Whether you drive yourself or book a tour to Springbrook, you’ll enjoy the gorgeous natural park. From the rainforest walks to the waterfalls, there’s so much natural beauty at Springbrook.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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