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Purling Brook Falls Circuit

Possibly the most stunning area I have hiked so far, Springbrook is a definite one to add to the ‘must do’ list! A gorgeous little town tucked into the Gold Coast Hinterland was the location I decided on for my girls first camping trip and it certainly did not disappoint.

Purling Brook Falls circuit makes up a portion of the Gold Coast Great Walk. You can start from the Settlement Campground in Springbrook or for a shorter hike kick off from the more popular start point Gwongorella Picnic Area (see map, it’s located at the end of Forestry Rd Springbrook). This picnic area has toilets, tables and BBQ facilities so make a full day of the area if you have time…or an overnighter at the campgrounds or local accommodation venues if you prefer to have the luxuries, like a shower.

Anyway, there are three hike options from the picnic area the first is a short 100m to the lookout where you get a spectacular view from the top back toward the falls and over the valley. The second is Purling Brook Circuit which takes you down to the base of the falls and on a complete loop of 4km along a grade 3 track and takes about 1.5-2 hours. This is absolutely spectacular passing two lookouts and winding through amazing open Eucalypt rainforest complete with suspension bridge at the bottom. There are 450 steps down to the base of the falls and remember what goes down must come back up! The third option is continuing further along the Great Walk past the base of the Falls an extra 1km to Warringa Pool, making the journey 6km return. Swimming is allowed in Warringa Pool if you are game as it is a tad chilly.

The water flowing over Purling Brook Falls is high quality because its catchment is protected in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, it is an incredibly special area so be sure to show respect. Also be sure to check National Parks for any closures first as heavy rains can cause slippage and closures to parts of the track Enjoy 🙂



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