Natural Arch, Gold Coast – an intriguing part of Australian Paradise.
Nestling in the Numinbah Valley near the border of Queensland and New South Wales is Natural Arch, Gold Coast in the Springbrook National Park. This is part of the Gondwana Rainforest Australian Heritage region. The Springbrook National Park includes the amazing geological feature of the natural erosion of a basalt cave with water cascading down through the roof.
This spectacle has been in existence for many centuries and is a special attraction for visitors from around the globe, who come in their droves to visit annually. The walk from the cave to nearby Cave Creek to see the arch is an easy one. Natural Arch, Gold Creek is the perfect place for viewing both the waterfall and the cave.
Certainly worth visiting
Many visitors come along and relax in the area of Natural Arch Gold Coast to picnic, while they listen to the tinkling flowing streams of water, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the rainforest. Calls from wompoo fruit doves, paradise riflebirds, and catbirds heard as the birds chatter happily among themselves. During the summer nights, you see little glow-worms lighting up the area, together with fireflies resembling little starlight’s, and other creatures of the forest whose habitat is nocturnal, are visible. (Remember, to have a torch with you).
As Cave Creek is now a restricted access area, access to the creek bank and swimming in the creek is forbidden, with enforced penalties for offenders.
Getting there takes approximately 40 – 50 minute from Surfers Paradise, an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast along the Gold Coast – Springbrook road, or else about two hours drive from Brisbane. From the Pacific Motorway at Nerang follow the Nerang- Murwillumbah road for 38km where you turn left to enter the park. It is also reachable from Murwillumbah by travelling the Numinbah road for 28km. However, caution should be exercised when on the scenic access roads, as they are very winding.
About Natural Arch, Gold Coast
Also referred to as Natural Bridge; Natural Arch Gold Coast is in a subtropical rainforest area where a wealth of flora and fauna abound. Thriving together are palms, giant stinging trees, brushbox, tree ferns, black bean, strangler figs, lilly pillies and Hazelwood. There are tusked frogs, tree frogs, koala, and sooty owls, adding to this incredible collection. With many lookout points situated conveniently around in the Springbrook Park, there is great advantage for observation, and something to interest everyone when they visit the region.
Natural Arch Gold Coast is located in a sheltered part of subtropical forest where the summers are hot and humid and the summer rainfall reaches as much as 1500mm. During the winter period, there are many days that are clear, sunny but very crisp. In the rainforest it is possible for being cool at any time of the year.
The National Heritage Parks in Queensland are sights that you do not want to miss seeing while on your Australian holiday. In particular, go and see Natural Arch, Gold Coast.
Photo by Inspire Kelly