Springbrook Waterfalls are arguably some of the best waterfalls in South East Queensland! Located just 1-hour drive inland from the beautiful Gold Coast beaches, you can discover magnificent waterfalls, lush rainforest, epic viewpoints, and iconic Australian wildlife, all of which make Springbrook National Park an incredible place to visit.
In this guide, I have included a complete list of the 5 Best Waterfalls In Springbrook including where to find them and what to expect at each one.
Also, at the bottom of this post, I have included some useful information on where to stay in Springbrook, recommended tours on the Gold Coast, and links to more of my Australia travel guides that you might like to check out.
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OVERVIEW – WATERFALLS SPRINGBROOK
Here is a quick overview of the 5 Best Springbrook National Park Waterfalls that you will find in this post:
- Purlingbrook Falls
- Warringa Pool
- Twin Falls
- Blackfellow Falls
- Natural Bridge
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5 BEST SPRINGBROOK WATERFALLS
#1 PURLINGBROOK FALLS
Purlingbrook Falls, in my honest opinion, is the best waterfall in Springbrook! Purling Brook Falls is surrounded by ancient forests in the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest in Springbrook National Park.
PURLING BROOK FALLS TRAIL
The trail down to this Purlingbrook Falls is clearly signposted with a number of viewpoints along the way that offer spectacular views of the Gold Coast Hinterland.
It’s a 4km moderate hike down into the valley to reach the base of Purlingbrook Falls. Depending on how many times you stop to take photos or to rest, this walk will take the average person approximately 45 minutes from top to bottom.
The way down to Purlingbrook Falls is a combination of concrete steps and cleared dirt trails that will lead you through the lush Gondwana Rainforest.
There are some fun obstacles that you will encounter along the way such as hanging tree vines, flowing streams, and wooden bridges that adds to your exciting Springbrook waterfalls adventure!
Purlingbrook Falls in Springbrook
Purlingbrook Falls walk
Purlingbrook Falls – Best Springbrook Waterfalls
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PURLING BROOK FALLS
The trail will lead you right into the natural amphitheater at the base of the falls and from here you can explore the rocky and grassy areas on both sides of the waterfall.
You can even go for a swim in the freshwater rock pools to cool off after the hike down!
The discharge of water from Purlingbrook falls is not too powerful and it’s safe to stand directly beneath the flow of water, making for the perfect outdoor shower.
The rock pools are very shallow so I wouldn’t recommend doing any rock jumping at this particular spot.
There is also a pathway that leads directly behind this Springbrook waterfall and from here you can get another cool perspective looking down the valley.
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Exploring Springbrook Waterfalls
Purling Brook Falls
An aerial perspective
#2 WARRINGA POOL
Next up on this list of best waterfalls in Springbrook is Warringa Pool.
Warringa Pool is not quite as grand as Purlingbrook Falls, but it is indeed not to be missed during your visit to Springbrook National Park.
HOW TO GET TO WARRINGA POOL
Warringa Pool is located a stone’s throw away from Purlingbrook Falls. In fact, it’s on the same trail, making it really easy to find.
When you’re standing at the base of Purlingbrook Falls, you will see a sign that points the direction down to another trail which is the way to Warringa Pool.
It’s an easy 2km return hike that leads you further down into the valley towards this Springbrook National Park waterfall, emerging at this little hidden gem.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT WARRINGA POOL
Warringa Pool features a small but beautiful waterfall and swimming hole which is the perfect opportunity to take a refreshing dip.
You can even do some rock jumping into these falls if you’re up for an adrenaline rush! I would recommend bringing a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes for extra grip.
It’s also possible to explore further upstream from Warringa Pool to where you’ll find a series of cascades and smaller pools. The water is quite cold as it’s shaded from the canopy above, though it is every bit invigorating!
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Warringa Pool Springbrook
The main falls at Warringa Pool
#3 TWIN FALLS
Twin Falls Springbrook is one of my favorite Springbrook waterfalls which can be explored via an easy walking trail known as the Twin Falls Circuit.
This epic waterfall is an awe-inspiring natural attraction that is not to be missed when visiting Springbrook National Park.
TWIN FALLS CIRCUIT TRAIL
There are two different jump-off points to access the Twin Falls Circuit trail, also referred to as Warrie Circuit, one is located at the Tallanbana Picnic Area and the other is located at the Canyon Lookout.
Both jump-off points have free car parking spaces available and the trailheads are clearly signposted.
There are also toilet amenities and picnic areas next to the parking lot at Tallanbana which you can make use of before and after the waterfall adventure.
Twin Falls Circuit is a 4km moderate hike that takes the average person around 2 hours to complete.
It doesn’t matter where you begin the Twin Falls Circuit, whether you head down the trail to the left from Canyon Lookout (clockwise) or you decide to head down the trail to the right from Tallanbana Picnic Area (anti-clockwise). Both trails will take you right down to the base of Twin Falls.
If you don’t want to do the entire 4km Twin Falls Circuit (Warrie Circuit), it’s best to park your car at Tallanbana Picnic Area and follow the trail down to the right (anti-clockwise) which is a more direct route to reach these Springbrook waterfalls. This way takes around 15 minutes to walk down and around 20 minutes to walk back up again.
Twin Falls Springbrook
Natural caves on the trail
Twin Falls Circuit
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THESE SPRINGBROOK WATERFALLS
If you began the hike from Tallanbana Picnic Area, you’ll cross a wooden bridge at the very top of Twin Falls and it’s a 15-minute walk down the trail to reach the base of the main falls.
When you first lay eyes on Twin Falls, it’s easy to see how it got its name. The waterfall is broken up into two streams, one has quite a heavy flow of water whereas the other one is a bit of a trickle.
First things first, is jumping into the freshwater pool to cool off after the hike down and you can even swim right up beneath these Springbrook falls and dip your head under for a free massage.
The discharge of water is not too powerful and it’s safe to stand directly beneath the flow of water. Not a bad spot for a fresh cold water shower if you ask me!
The swimming area beneath Twin Falls is quite shallow on the edges so I wouldn’t recommend doing any rock jumping into the basin.
There is also a concrete pathway that lines the circumference of the natural pool and it leads directly behind the falls. From here you can get another cool perspective looking down the valley at Twin Falls Springbrook.
The concrete path behind the waterfall is part of the circuit trail that will lead you back to the starting point in the parking lot.
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Idyllic scenes at these Springbrook Falls
Behind the falls
#4 BLACKFELLOW FALLS
Blackfellow Falls is yet another one of my favorite Springbrook waterfalls and which is why I have included it on this list!
HOW TO GET TO BLACKFELLOW FALLS
Blackfellow Falls is located on the Twin Falls Circuit trail.
If you begin the Twin Falls Circuit (Warrie Circuit) from Canyon Lookout (clockwise), at the halfway point to the main falls you’ll come across Blackfellow Falls on the trail.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BLACKFELLOW FALLS
I have visited Springbrook National Park waterfalls on a number of occasions but for some reason, I never did the full Twin Falls Circuit. Though this time around, I’m glad I did because I was able to discover Blackfellow Falls which is equally as impressive, in my opinion.
The coolest feature of Blackfellow Falls is being able to walk behind the silvery, curtain-like falls via a naturally carved out cave beneath the cliff.
I ended up spending around 30 minutes at Blackfellow Falls taking photos and marveling at the vibrant surroundings before continuing along the trail to the main waterfall, Twin Falls.
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Curtain-like waterfalls in Springbrook
Blackfellow Falls Springbrook
#5 NATURAL BRIDGE
Natural Bridge Springbrook, also referred to as Natural Arch Springbrook, is one of the most iconic waterfalls on the Gold Coast which can be discovered along the Natural Bridge Circuit.
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, emerging at this epic Springbrook waterfall.
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.
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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 the 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
Viewing platform at Natural Bridge Springbrook
Natural Bridge glow worm cave
Natural Arch Springbrook
Natural Bridge viewpoint
Natural Bridge Springbrook
BEST TIME TO VISIT SPRINGBROOK WATERFALLS
Springbrook waterfalls are very popular tourist attractions and they tend to be quite busy on the weekends. If you can time your visit to Springbrook National Park for a weekday, you will get to enjoy them with fewer people.
The best time to visit the waterfalls is between 8 am and 2 pm for the best lighting from the sun.
If you’re not a morning person, you can still visit Springbrook National Park at any time during the day, just make sure to allow yourself enough time if you wish to visit the majority of the Springbrook waterfalls on this list.
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 to Springbrook Mountain. There are a number of cafes and fudge stores in Springbrook, though they can be quite expensive if you’re on a tight budget.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SPRINGBROOK
There are dozens of accommodations in Springbrook to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations in Springbrook below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: THE SANCTUARY
MID-RANGE: SPRINGBROOK MOUNTAIN CHALETS
BUDGET: DANCING WATERS COTTAGE
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