What to See and Do at Springbrook National Park

The Gold Coast is awash with stunning hinterland and plenty of landscapes to explore. Springbrook National Park is a magical oasis bursting with colour. Bright green floods the area, with reds, blues, and purples splattering the flowers blossoming within. Stretching 6,197-hectares within the Gold Coast Hinterland, you can discover a range of unique scenery and wildlife encounters, as well as wander the weaving trails that take you past rare plants, ancient hideaways, and cascading waterfalls.

In the heart of the park, you can stand on top of an ancient volcano and soak up the incredible views of the scenery surrounding you. Set just 45 minutes from the pristine beaches of the coast, this park gives you an insight into a different side of Australia.

Admire whimsical views across ancient landscapes, stand beneath magical waterfalls, and watch over cool rock creeks that cascade into refreshing swimming holes.

Beneath the lush canopy of the park, you’ll be ushered into a world of age-old magic, where rare birds can be spotted, and glow-in-the-dark mushrooms light your way. Elsewhere, thick vines tangle around ancient trees, while quirky rock formations are scattered through fern groves filled with cute little creatures.

Springbrook National Park

What’s So Special About Springbrook National Park?

Springbrook has a bit of everything within its confines. Expect to explore cool forests, mountain views, and subtropical rainforests, all of which are punctuated with mesmerising waterfalls and centuries-old creeks. There are four main parts to the park: Mount Cougal, where you can learn about the region’s rich logging history, Natural Bridge, home to unique waterfalls and glow worms, Numinbah, and Springbrook Plateau, which boasts several fantastic lookouts.

Things to Do in Springbrook National Park

While at the Springbrook National Park, there is plenty for you to see and do regardless of what kind of adventure you’re looking for.

The Trails of Springbrook National Park

Walking Trail, Springbrook National Park

The walks range in effort, starting from short walks easy for any kind of traveller, to long day hikes only fit for professionals. These walks have incredible spots on the way, including waterfalls, lookout points, natural constructions, and native flora and fauna.

You can wander along weaving trails that take you past lush rainforests and give you a chance to spot some of the native wildlife that calls it home. There are also plenty of picnic areas, where you can kick back and relax with a bite to eat against a stunning backdrop of ancient landscapes and unique natural offerings.

Noteworthy spots include the Purling Brook Falls, a spectacular cascading waterfall that thunders over the cliff tops. The natural ancient formation of the Natural Arch is well worth the walk. A cave structure that has been moulded by thousands of years of cascading water.

And for animal lovers, there are numerous encounters to be had, whether that’s with the colourful selection of bird life, the collection of native critters that rustle around in the forests, or horse riding through the magical landscape to explore it from a different perspective.

You can discover the amazing Australian sky at the Springbrook Research Observatory and learn more about the major constellations.

Springbrook is the perfect place to go if you want to admire the unique scenery of Australia that sits just moments from the lush beaches it’s so well-known for.

How to get to Springbrook National Park


If you’ve got a car, why not use it? Springbrook is easy to get to by car, only about a 45-minute drive from the Gold Coast, and a couple hours from Brisbane. Make sure you a confident behind the wheel, however, as the roads leading the national park are quite windy. If you’d rather skip the bendy roads, it will add around about 20 minutes to your trip. Parking is free throughout Springbrook, such as Tallanbana picnic area or at the Canyon Lookout. No petrol shops are located near the National Park, so we suggest filling up at the start of your journey.

Public Transport

If you are interested in a cheaper transportation, look out for the public bus or train available. There are multiple bus routes and train lines, depending on where you are starting from. If you’re a bit confused which line suits you, download Moovit, the transportation app, to help you figure it out.


Planning the perfect day trip adventure involves making a lot of choices. Make it a bit easier by joining a tour for the day. Sit back and relax as your guide does all the heavy lifting, taking you to the best attractions the National Park offers. Learn more about the ecosystem and history of the area, which you wouldn’t have known when going it alone. The tours start from early morning, picking you up in the heart of the Gold coast, and taking you around Springbrook, before dropping you back off at your chosen pick up.

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