Natural Bridge Circuit, Springbrook National Park

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This circuit walk is in the Natural Bridge section of Springbrook National Park. Dominating the Gold Coast's western skyline, Springbrook's cool forests and mountain streams offer views of impressive landscapes, and walks among subtropical and temperate rainforest, open eucalypt forest and montane heath. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

A sealed circuit track takes you through the forest, across Cave Creek and into the arched cave to witness the waterfall plunging from above. The hoop pines that emerge through the thick greenery of the surrounding rainforest are living relics of the Jurassic Age—the Age of the Conifers—about 180 million years ago. These pines are 'living dinosaurs'—they are among the most primitive of all conifers.

Natural Bridge is very popular with walkers and bird lovers during the day. At night the cave comes alive with the tiny green lights of thousands of nocturnal glow-worms, and the silent wings of microbats. Glow-worms are visible year-round, their display is significantly reduced during the winter months.

To protect the glow-worms and maximise visitor safety, parts of Cave Creek are a restricted access area—swimming is prohibited and penalties apply.

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Duration Distance
1 Hours 1 Kilometres

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Natural Bridge circuit

Natural Bridge circuit

This circuit walk is in the Natural Bridge section of Springbrook National Park. Dominating the Gold Coast's western skyline, Springbrook's cool forests and mountain streams offer views of impressive landscapes, and walks among subtropical and temperate rainforest, open eucalypt forest and montane heath. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

A sealed circuit track takes you through the forest, across Cave Creek and into the arched cave to witness the waterfall plunging from above. The hoop pines that emerge through the thick greenery of the surrounding rainforest are living relics of the Jurassic Age—the Age of the Conifers—about 180 million years ago. These pines are 'living dinosaurs'—they are among the most primitive of all conifers.

Natural Bridge is very popular with walkers and bird lovers during the day. At night the cave comes alive with the tiny green lights of thousands of nocturnal glow-worms, and the silent wings of microbats. Glow-worms are visible year-round, their display is significantly reduced during the winter months.

To protect the glow-worms and maximise visitor safety, parts of Cave Creek are a restricted access area—swimming is prohibited and penalties apply.

Please Note: The Natural Bridge Circuit is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. This map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the website for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type Circuit
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children

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