The second part of our Springbrook Mountain excursion took us to the beautiful, Purling Brook Falls. Set amongst the dense rainforest of the Gold Coast Hinterland. The Purling Brook Falls is a horsetail waterfall with a sheer 106 metre drop.

Accessed by going to the village of Springbrook which is a 45 minute drive from Surfers Paradise. You take the turn for Springbrook off the Nerang – Murwillumbah road. WARNING, this is a steep hill to climb we managed in our little Getz but was hard work.

The waterfall has 2 look out points, which are accessed at both ends of a 4 km walk loop. The first point is a front on view of the gigantic falls. The view out and around is just spectacular. The lookout out point number 2 is situated from the top of the fall, where you are barely metres from the fall itself.

The top of the falls

Our favourite part of the journey though would have to be about 2km into the walk you arrive at the foot of the fall. at this point you surely do understand the sheer size of this fall as you look up to it. The walk down to it is a little challenging but trust us it is well worth persisting to get the great view up at the fall.

From the bottom of the falls
Us at the bottom

Here, below is a some info taken from a local Springbrook Mountain site.

Distance: 4km return

Time: Allow about 2hrs walking time. Note: it is easier to walk the track in a clockwise direction. If including the Warringa Pool track, which leads downstream from the base of the falls, add another 2km and allow another 40mins to return.

Caution: Sections of the Purling Brook Falls circuit and Warringa Pool track are part of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk: arrow markers indicate the walk. This is an arduous walk. Please do not attempt it unless you are a Great Walker and have a copy of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk topographic map.

Details: Pass through open eucalypt forest of New England ash Eucalyptus campanulata, where fire-adapted species such as lepidozamias, hakeas and various wildflowers grow, before descending into the gorge to view the falls from below. After crossing the suspension bridge a steady climb through forest brings the walker back to the picnic area. Water flowing over Purling Brook Falls is high quality because its catchment is protected in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Walking in this area is a privilege. Be responsible for keeping the catchment clean—practice minimal impact bushwalking.

Note: After significant rainfall, parts of the Purling Brook walking track may be closed for public safety. Access is generally still available to the western lookout during these closures. Please ensure you check the Park alerts before you visit this park.

For those wanting to make a day of it. You can bring a picnic there are ample picnic tables around and plenty of open areas to a enjoy a nice picnic. Alternatively there are a few cafes scattered around Springbrook Mountain itself.

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Until next time

Michelle and Richard