Natural Bridge Springbrook, also referred to as Natural Arch Springbrook, is one of the most iconic attractions on the Gold Coast which can be discovered via an easy walking trail known as Natural Bridge Springbrook Circuit.
Located at the top of Springbrook Mountain on the Numinbah Valley side, Natural Bridge Springbrook is an awe-inspiring waterfall and glow worm cave that is not to be missed when visiting Springbrook National Park.
In this guide, I have included useful information on how to get to Springbrook Natural Bridge, the best time to visit and what to expect on the Natural Bridge Circuit trail.
Also, at the bottom of this post, you will find my recommendations on where to stay on the Gold Coast, a list of fun-fuelled Gold Coast 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 NATURAL BRIDGE SPRINGBROOK
Natural Bridge Springbrook is located in the hinterland region of the Gold Coast in Springbrook National Park, and it’s easily accessible from Numinbah Valley.
From the main tourist hub on the Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise) it is approximately a one hour drive to reach Natural Bridge Springbrook. If you are coming from the south end of the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) the journey time also takes around 1 hour.
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 Natural Arch Springbrook.
The road leading out to Springbrook and Numinbah Valley is unbelievably scenic with a few lookout points along the way that are clearly signposted and worthy of stopping at to take a quick photo.
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Springbrook Natural Bridge
The iconic Springbrook Natural Bridge
BEST TIME TO VISIT NATURAL BRIDGE GOLD COAST
Natural Bridge Springbrook is quite a popular tourist attraction and it can get quite busy on the weekends. If you can time your visit for a weekday, you will get to enjoy it with fewer people.
The best time to visit Springbrook Natural Bridge is between 8 am and 12 pm for the best lighting from the sun.
If you’re not a morning person, you can still visit Natural Arch Springbrook at any time during the day, just make sure to allow yourself enough time if you wish to complete the Natural Bridge Circuit which takes up to 1-hour.
BEST TIME TO VISIT GLOW WORMS SPRINGBROOK
If you weren’t already aware, Natural Bridge Springbrook plays home to the largest known Glow Worm habitat in South East Queensland!
The best time to visit the Natural Bridge Glow Worms is at night time when the sun goes down and the luminescent worms glow in the darkness.
You can book a tour to see the Springbrook Glow Worms with Klook and the tour includes a hotel pick-up at 6:30 pm, transport to Natural Bridge Springbrook, a guided night walk and tour of the glow worm cave and a hotel drop-off at 9:30 pm.
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Natural Bridge Springbrook National Park
ARRIVING AT NATURAL BRIDGE SPRINGBROOK
When you arrive at Springbrook Natural Bridge, you’ll find a large parking lot with dozens of free parking spaces available.
There are also toilet amenities and picnic areas next to the car park that you can make use of before and after your Springbrook Natural Arch adventure.
From the parking lot, the way to the trailhead is clearly signposted so you can’t get lost.
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Parking lot at Springbrook Natural Bridge
Toilet amenities at Natural Arch Springbrook
The trailhead to Natural Bridge Gold Coast
Picnic area at Natural Bridge Springbrook
NATURAL BRIDGE CIRCUIT TRAIL
The Natural Bridge Circuit is an easy 1km walking trail with a combination of wooden boardwalks, bridges, stairs and concrete pathways that will lead you through the lush Gondwana Rainforest and down into the cave at Springbrook Natural Bridge.
The Natural Bridge Circuit should take you no more than 1 hour to complete from start to finish and I recommend walking in a clockwise direction.
There are some fun obstacles on the way down to Natural Bridge Springbrook that you will encounter such as hanging tree vines, flowing streams, viewpoints and bridge crossings that add to the adventure!
Natural Bridge Circuit
On the way down to Natural Bridge Gold Coast
Follow the signs at Natural Bridge Springbrook
Creek crossing on the Natural Bridge Circuit
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SPRINGBROOK NATURAL BRIDGE
The Natural Bridge Circuit trail will lead you right into the cave beneath the arched rock formation which has been carved out by the force of the waterfall.
There are two viewing platforms at the base of Natural Bridge Springbrook, one is positioned further back from the falls on the edge of the stream and the other viewing platform is located inside the cave itself where you are able to get a closer look at the waterfall.
When you first lay eyes on Natural Bridge Springbrook it’s easy to see how its name came about. The waterfall flows through a hole in the roof of the basalt cave, creating a natural bridge formed out of rock.
Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible to go swimming at Springbrook Natural Bridge in order to protect the natural habitat in the area and for your own safety. Rangers patrol the area and if you are caught swimming at Natural Bridge Gold Coast you can be fined up to $350.
Apart from marveling at the unique natural bridge and curtain-like falls, you can go for a wander around in the glow worm cave, though unfortunately, you won’t be able to see their luminescent glow during the day time.
If you want to see the glow worms Springbrook in their full form, it’s best to book a nighttime tour or simply go on a DIY tour of the Natural Bridge glow worms.
Natural Bridge Springbrook National Park
Viewing platform at Natural Bridge Springbrook
Awe-inspiring scenes at Natural Bridge Springbrook
Natural Bridge glow worm cave
Curtain-like falls at Springbrook Natural Arch
SPRINGBROOK NATURAL BRIDGE VIEWPOINTS
Once you’ve enjoyed your time down at the base of the falls, continue clockwise on the Natural Bridge Circuit trail, up the stairs and along the pathway which emerges at a viewpoint situated on top of the natural bridge.
From here you can get another cool sight of Natural Bridge Springbrook from a higher perspective. You can see a running stream that flows through the valley and down into the naturally carved out hole in the basalt rock.
There is also another viewing platform on the opposite side of the valley which can be reached by following the pathway across the bridge at the top of the stream and down some stairs on the other side.
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Natural Bridge Springbrook viewpoints
Rockpools at the top of the valley
Wooden bridge at the top of the stream
Another viewpoint at Natural Bridge Gold Coast
Cool perspective of Natural Bridge Springbrook
SPRINGBROOK NATURAL BRIDGE MAP
FINAL THOUGHTS OF NATURAL ARCH GOLD COAST
I have visited many waterfalls on the Gold Coast and Natural Bridge Springbrook takes the cake for being the most unique! It’s definitely not to be missed on your Gold Coast Itinerary!
If you are planning to spend an entire day exploring Springbrook National Park, I recommend pre-packing a lunch and plenty of drinking water before heading up the mountain. There are a few cafes and convenience stores in Springbrook though they can be quite expensive, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
If you have any questions at all about Springbrook Natural Bridge, please leave a comment below and I will reply as soon as I can!
OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN SPRINGBROOK
Don’t end the adventure here at the Natural Bridge as there are many more adventures to be had during your visit to Springbrook on the Gold Coast.
Click on the links below for more fun things to do in Springbrook National Park;
WHERE TO STAY ON THE GOLD COAST
The Gold Coast has no shortage of accommodation options and most people want to be by the beach as often as possible (I don’t blame them). It’s first in, best-dressed when booking a place to stay on the Gold Coast, especially in the peak holiday season which is during the summer months between December and February.
I have narrowed it down to a few of the best 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 center 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 travelers.
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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
• Gold Coast: 3 Day Gold Coast Itinerary
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• Springbrook: Springbrook Waterfalls
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• Sydney: Things To Do In Sydney
• Melbourne: Things To Do In Melbourne
• Fraser Island: Fraser Island Day Trip
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AIRBNB GOLD COAST
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WHAT TO PACK FOR GOLD COAST
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 smartphones.
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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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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