The Ancient Beauty of Natural Bridge

Springbrook National Park is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular attractions and Natural Bridge is one of its finest features. It is a natural rock formation that has been formed over thousands of years by the cascading water that runs over the erosive basalt cave that surrounds it. Here, you can experience the majestic scenery of a stunning waterfall, the resident glow worms that live in the cave, and the colony of bent-wing bats that occupy the area.

Getting to Natural Bridge is very simple. You join the Nerang Murwillumbah Road that takes you through stunning mountain scenery and picturesque little villages on the New South Wales and Queensland border. From there, you can turn-off to Natural Bridge.

The Natural Bridge Circuit Track

As well as plenty of wildlife to discover and a landscape that looks like it has stepped out of an ancient history book, Natural Bridge and its surrounding area has lots for you to see and do.

The Circuit Track is one of the more popular activities, as it gives visitors the chance to enjoy everything the area has to offer. The sealed route weaves its way through lush forest, across the impressive Cave Creek, and into the arched cave itself where you can see the cascading waterfall for yourself.

If you’re visiting at night, the centuries-old basalt cave comes to life in the glow of the resident glow worms. Thousands of these creatures light up the crevices of the cave, providing a magical backdrop for exploring. The glow worms are visible throughout the year, but if you want to see them at their best, visit in the summer months when their glow is significantly brighter than in the winter months.

Along the route, you can learn more about the special features of Springbrook National Park and Natural Bridge through a series of interpretive signs. You can also catch a glimpse of some of the region’s oldest plant life, taking in hoop pines that date back almost 180 million years.

You can start the one-kilometre circuit from the carpark, and then weave your way clockwise through the ancient Gondwana rainforest to the rock arch itself. Keep your eyes peeled for colourful creatures, like paradise riflebirds, green catbirds, wompoo fruit-doves, tree frogs, sooty owls, and the native koala. At night, see the glow worms in the cave as well as the resident microbats that live in the area.