Best Of All Lookout – the name simply says it all. Located at the very top of Springbrook National Park, the Best Of All Lookout is arguably the best panoramic viewpoint on the Gold Coast, Australia.
I have been to Best Of All Lookout on several occasions and have put together this complete guide on how to get there, the best time to visit, things to know before you go and what to expect!
Also, at the bottom of this Best Of All Lookout guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay on the Gold Coast, a list of recommended tours and links to more of my Gold Coast travel guides that you might like to check out!
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HOW TO GET TO BEST OF ALL LOOKOUT
Best of All Lookout is located in the hinterland region of the Gold Coast known as Springbrook Mountain.
From the main tourist hub on the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, it is approximately a one hour drive. From the Gold Coast Airport, the journey time is also a one hour drive.
There is no public transport to access Springbrook National Park so you will need to have your own vehicle to make the drive up to Best Of All Lookout Springbrook.
The road out to Springbrook is unbelievably scenic with a few lookout points along the way that are clearly signposted and not to be missed.
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View of the countryside at Best Of All Lookout
Best Of All Lookout nestled into the hillside
BEST TIME TO VISIT BEST OF ALL LOOKOUT
The best time to visit the Best Of All Lookout Springbrook is, in my opinion, at sunrise!
Not only will you get to enjoy the early morning rays of sunshine fill the valley beneath the viewpoint, but chances are you will also get to enjoy the Best Of All Lookout all to yourself with no other tourists around. The early bird gets the worm, as they say!
If you’re not a morning person, you can still visit Best Of All Lookout at any time during the day to enjoy the breathtaking view!
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BEST OF ALL LOOKOUT – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Before you leave home to visit Best Of All Lookout, I recommend packing some warm clothing to take with you as it gets quite cold up the top of Springbrook Mountain, especially at 5:30 am – 6:00 am if you’re there for sunrise.
My buddy Samuel made the mistake of not wearing long pants to keep warm and he was indeed struggling in the icy cold breeze as we waited for the sunrise.
Another thing to note is that there are no rubbish bins provided at Best Of All Lookout, so if you do have any trash or see any trash along the trail, please pick it up and take it home with you to dispose of.
There are also no toilets at the Best Of All Lookout. The nearest public toilets can be found just 5 minutes’ drive away at the Tallanbana Picnic Area, which is on the way to Twin Falls.
Shooting sunrise at Springbrook Best Of All Lookout
Best Of All Lookout Springbrook
View of Mount Warning in the distance
ARRIVING AT BEST OF ALL LOOKOUT
When you arrive at the jumpoff point for the Best Of All Lookout, there are plenty of free spaces in the parking lot where you can park your car safely.
You will see a sign in the parking lot that reads ‘Best Of All Lookout’ which points the direction to the trailhead and it’s a short 350-meter walk from here to reach the viewpoint.
The parking lot here at Best Of All Lookout, is in fact, the highest point on Springbrook Mountain at 1020 meters above sea level.
The parking lot at Springbrook Best Of All Lookout
The trailhead to Best Of All Lookout
THE TRAIL TO BEST OF ALL LOOKOUT
The trail to Best Of All Lookout is an adventure in itself. A concrete path weaves its way through a serene rainforest featuring hanging vines, tropical ferns, majestic Antarctic beech trees and an abundance of Australian birds and other wildlife.
On the walk down to Best Of All Lookout, take a moment to relax and let your senses enjoy the rainforest. How many sounds, smells and textures can you experience here?! Think what might have become of this rainforest if it had not been declared a national park.
When you’re ready, continue walking to the very end of the path which emerges at the Best Of All Lookout.
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Antarctic beech trees along the trail
Link to ancient times – Best Of All Lookout
Marveling at the lush rainforest
The trail ends here at Best Of All Lookout
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BEST OF ALL LOOKOUT
When you reach the end of the trail, you’ll find a wooden viewing platform (Best Of All Lookout) that offers extensive panoramic views of the Gold Coast hinterland, Mount Warning, Murwillumbah Valley and the southeast coastline right the way down to Byron Bay.
The awe-inspiring view from the Best Of All Lookout is my all-time favorite and I guarantee it’ll take your breath away!
Simply enjoy the phenomenal view of the coastline, the foothills and surrounding mountain ranges from this vantage point.
There is an informative sign at the Best Of All Lookout which indicates specific locations that you can see from the viewpoint and an info-graphic that shows what it would have looked like 22 million years ago until now.
It is said that when Australia drifted northward some 20 million years ago it passed over one of the Earth’s hot spots which gave rise to volcanic activity. As a result, it formed the Mount Warning shield volcano.
The Best Of All Lookout is situated right on the very edge of the eroded rim of this ancient volcano!
I recommend spending around 30-minutes to 1-hour soaking up this stunning view in front of your eyes at Best Of All Lookout Springbrook!
An epic sunrise at Best Of All Lookout
View of Murwillumbah Valley
Soaking up the morning rays
Best Of All Lookout Gold Coast
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WHERE TO STAY ON THE GOLD COAST?
The Gold Coast is a popular tourist hub so there is no shortage of accommodation options and most people want to be by the beach as often as possible. It’s first in, best-dressed, especially in the peak holiday season which is the summer months between December and February.
I have narrowed it down to a few of my favorite places to stay on the Gold Coast to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Luxury Beachfront Sky Home
Centrally located in Burleigh Heads and a stone’s throw from the beach. This 5-star accommodation features an outdoor swimming pool, garden, fitness centre and free wifi. The apartments are spacious and include a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, hot tub, flat-screen tv and ocean views. Perfect for families and couples.
Mid Range: Outrigger Burleigh
The best and most affordable hotel in Burleigh Heads. The Outrigger is a two-minute walk from Burleigh Beach featuring an outdoor pool, hot tub and ocean views! The rooms are spacious, air-conditioned, equipped kitchenette, living room, private bathroom and balcony. Close to supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, bars and public transport. Perfect for couples and families.
Budget: Komune Resort & Backpackers
Komune Resort is located south of Burleigh Heads in Coolangatta and it’s one of the cheapest and best backpackers on the Gold Coast! Located a stone’s throw from the beach, Komune Resort features a beach club, outdoor pool, table tennis, hammocks, pool bar and nightclub. There are dorm rooms and private apartments available, perfect for friends and solo travellers.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT GOLD COAST
The Gold Coast is one of the only places on the East Coast of Australia that sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.
If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting between May and October (Autumn – Spring) which is most ideal for beach bumming, nature walks and water sports.
Summer on the Gold Coast is between December and February which sees hot temperatures and a lot of rainfall.
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MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES
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- Springbrook: Springbrook Waterfalls
- Currumbin: Currumbin Rock Pools
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- Byron Bay: Things To Do In Byron Bay
- Sydney: Things To Do In Sydney
- Melbourne: Things To Do In Melbourne
- Fraser Island: Fraser Island Day Trip
WHAT TO PACK FOR AUSTRALIA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF BEST OF ALL LOOKOUT
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and that it finds you well on your Best Of All Lookout adventure! If you have any further questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will reply as soon as I can!
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