Springbrook National Park
Visitors can enjoy the contrast of urbanized lowlands in the montane heath, eucalypt forests, fresh mountain streams, and cool rainforests of the Springbrook plateau that dominates the skyline that passes the Gold Coast to the west. Visitors can walk among the open montane heath and eucalypt forest that is located in the subtropical cool and warm temperate rainforest. Impressive landscape can be viewed. Forest habitats can be explored, and diverse wildlife encountered. Some of the wildlife are part of primitive, endangered, or rare species.
There are four sections that comprise the Springbrook National Park around and on the plateau. To the west, one will find Numinah and Natural Bridge. To the east, the Mount Cougal section is located. Along the plateau’s crest, the Springbrook plateau section is located.
Where to Camp
Located on the Springbrook plateau is The Settlement camping area. Caravan and tent sites are available. The cooking shelter has free electric barbecues provided. There is drinking water and toilets are available. No showers are provided at this location.
For national park camping, advanced booking and a permit are required. Booking can be made online at www.qld.gov.au/camping. Phone booking can be done by using a credit card and calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
The rugged landscape of Springbrook is the result of the tremendous Earth’s surface changes that still occur. Visiting Springbrook plateau’s Best of All lookout allows visitors to see the remnant of a huge shield volcano, that 23 million years past, dominated the region. The landscape continues to be carved by rainfall-fed waterfalls and streams. Lookouts have been safely constructed at Natural Bridge that allows visitors to watch this in action.
The park’s human story can be discovered by visiting the information centre display on the Springbrook plateau. The logging history of the park is evidenced by a bush sawmill located in the Mount Cougal section.
Specific forest trails permit horseback riding in the Numinbah Forest Reserve. Visitors are asked to use an approach of minimal impact when horse riding. Plan the day’s riding with the use of a trail map.
Minimum impact bushwalking, horse riding, and camping means visitors are challenged to leave no trace of the visit. No toilets are provided away from campgrounds or picnic areas. If rubbish is carried in, it should be carried out. Locally purchased firewood should be used in the designated barbecues. Dead and fallen timber serves as homes for small mammals, reptiles, and insects. Nutrients are returned to the soil.
Walking Track Classifications
Classification of walking tracks has been made to help select a walk matching experience and fitness. Class 1 track is wheelchair accessible. Class 2 is an easy level track. All fitness levels will find this track suitable. It is not necessary to have previous bushwalking experience. All junctions have signs posted that include interpretive signs.
A reasonable fitness level and footwear that is ankle-supporting is recommended for the Class 3 and Class 4 tracks. Signs are posted. The track surfaces are rough with exposed rocks and roots. Steps, steep grades, and muddy sections may be encountered. Rockfalls and fallen tree hazards might be present.
Feature photo by mickyg9