Purling Brook Falls circuit, Springbrook National Park

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Spectacular waterfalls and cool ancient forests await you in the beautiful World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest of Springbrook National Park. On this beautiful circuit walk, in the Springbrook Plateau section of the park, pass through open eucalypt forest of New England ash, 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.

Look for ancient lepidozamias, colourful hakeas and dazzling wildflowers along the way to this stunning waterfall.

There are 265 steps on this walk and it's easier to walk in a clockwise direction. For visitor safety Purling Brook Falls has a restricted access area at the top and base of the waterfall. There are sheer cliffs and waterfalls so keep to the track.

If you've got time, detour on the Warringa Pool track, which leads downstream from the base of the falls; you'll add another 2km to the walk and need to allow another 40min to return.

Image credits—Briony Masters © Queensland Government

Journey Details

Duration Distance
2 Hours 4 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching

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Purling Brook Falls circuit, Springbrook National Park

Purling Brook Falls circuit, Springbrook National Park

Spectacular waterfalls and cool ancient forests await you in the beautiful World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest of Springbrook National Park. On this beautiful circuit walk, in the Springbrook Plateau section of the park, pass through open eucalypt forest of New England ash, 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.

Look for ancient lepidozamias, colourful hakeas and dazzling wildflowers along the way to this stunning waterfall.

There are 265 steps on this walk and it's easier to walk in a clockwise direction. For visitor safety Purling Brook Falls has a restricted access area at the top and base of the waterfall. There are sheer cliffs and waterfalls so keep to the track.

If you've got time, detour on the Warringa Pool track, which leads downstream from the base of the falls; you'll add another 2km to the walk and need to allow another 40min to return.

This walk is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. The map only shows an indicative start point; the track route and end point are not shown, and the map cannot be used for navigation purposes. See www.des.qld.gov.au for detailed maps and the latest park information. When you are in the park, read the signs at and near the start of the track.

LINESTRING (153.26884746551514 -28.189567529700536, 153.2688581943512 -28.189576985983354)
Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type Circuit
Level of Difficulty Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience
Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience

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