Purling Brook Falls Circuit

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area

The Purling Brook Falls circuit leaves the Gwongorella picnic area in world heritage listed Springbrook National Park and passes through open eucalypt forest of New England ash (Eucalyptus campanulata), before descending via a series of steps into the gorge to view the falls from below. A steady climb through forest brings you back to the picnic area via a lookout above the falls. See fire-adapted species such as lepidozamias, hakeas and various wildflowers growing in the open forest, while ferns and moisture-loving rainforest plants grow where it is shady. Water flowing over Purling Brook Falls is high quality because its catchment is protected in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

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 two kilometres and allow another 40 minutes to return. Admire buttress roots, epiphytes, and a grove of piccabeen palms.

Journey Details

2 Hours
Itinerary Type
Mode of Travel
4 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
Level of Difficulty
Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience


  • Car park
  • Walking Tracks


  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking

Other Information


Children are welcome. Keep to the track and supervise children closely, especially near cliff edges, steep slopes and watercourses. Avoid contact with the leaves of stinging nettles and stinging trees. Protect yourself and children from ticks, biting insects and leeches by wearing insect repellent and long sleeves and long trousers.
Forestry Road
Springbrook National Park - Springbrook Plateau
Springbrook, Gold Coast Area

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