Springbrook National Park

By now you would have realised we love getting outdoors and going hiking. There is nothing better than breathing in some fresh country air and feeling the warm sun streaming through the tree tops. So over the weekend we took advantage of another beautiful Autumn day and ventured south to check out Springbrook National Park. We’d already conquered nearby Mount Warning but we were interested in what Springbrook had to offer. And it definitely didn’t disappoint!
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Springbrook National Park is only 100 kilometres south of Brisbane and the drive itself makes the trip worth while – the natural landscape is stunning! The park covers almost 7000 hectares and features thick rainforest, incredible waterfalls and flowing creeks streaming through ever-changing landscape. When you’re traveling along the high ridges, it offers spectacular views down to the Gold Coast and the ocean beyond.
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There are a variety of tracks to choose, ranging from 300 meters to 54 kilometres long. Make sure you select one that works for your fitness level and the amount of time you have. We opted for the Twin Falls circuit which is about 4km return but relatively steep. We loved it because it’s a circuit so your surroundings are different every step of the way and the half way mark is the bottom of the waterfall which is amazing, so make sure you bring your camera.
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Since it was a relatively short track we drove to a few other spots to try go for another short hike but unfortunately many were closed due to storm damage. Instead, we found a spot at Canyon Lookout and enjoyed a picnic lunch. We find that getting up early and doing a morning hike works best because it’s a little cooler and you still have the rest of the afternoon free. We drove home via the coast so we could travel along a different road and have a quick latte stop and beach walk before heading home on the highway. An easy beach to walk along is starting at Currumbin Valley and heading towards Tugun. And the best coffee place we’ve found is Barefoot Barista at Palm Beach, so good!
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Note: Although a well maintained park, make sure you come prepared with water bottles, warm clothes (the deep rainforest gets cold) and appropriate footwear. And don’t forget to always go with someone else, hiking can be dangerous by yourself (plus it’s a lot more fun with friends).

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