Purling Brook Falls Springbrook Mountain

The Falls


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

It is known for being one of the most spectacular falls on the east coast of Australia and with its sheer size is certainly one that is impressive.


Purling Brook Falls is 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.

At The falls

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.

Purling Brook Falls Circuit

Our favourite part of the journey though would have to be about 2km Purling Brook Falls Circuit 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

The water this day wasn’t flowing to hard, but still spectacular. On days after heavy rainfall the flow is extremely brutal and fierce.

Us at the bottom

The Details Of The Falls

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.

Be Respectful

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.

And Finally

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.

Another one of our Springbrook Mountain excursions to us to the Natural Bridge, . This is a must and one of the most popular day excursions to take on a Gold Coast trip, and one many people enjoy.

Springbrook is also a point which links the cream track to Tallebudgera creek. This track is not a popular well known track but is very rewarding but be warned is certainly as tough as they come. Read about our Talledudgera cream track adventure.

On The Way Home

After all this exploring your work up an appetite and what better way than to come back towards the coast and as you come off the motorway head towards Burleigh Heads and the surrounding areas and stop at a cafe like some of these below.

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  1. Karalee – Hello! I created this blog in 2016 to share my reviews of cosmetics, skin care, and books. As well as reviews, you will also find various lifestyle posts from blogging advice to recipes!
    Karalee says:

    The falls look beautiful & it would be nice to have a picnic there!

  2. Lannie Travels – Isle of Islay – Full time aid-worker, part time food and travel blogger. Love experiencing the world through its food culture! Happily fueled by coffee, great food, and whisky.
    Lannie says:

    What a great waterfall! And the 4 km loop walk is the perfect length for an easy going activity. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Purling Brook Falls look amazing. We haven’t been to Springbrook NP yet so it’s definitely on the list for when we next visit the Gold Coast.

  4. wattwherehow – Bernie and Jess Watt are travel bloggers from Australia, living in NYC. Award winning copywriter by day (Bernie) and legal professional (Jess), casual photographers and hobbyist Vloggers in the making, our blog blends travel experiences from around the world with tips for those coming to NYC to live or vacation.
    wattwherehow says:

    Springbrook is a magical region and like you said, it’s a privilege to walk amongst its natural wonders.

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