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Amazing waterfalls on the Gold Coast

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February 12, 2020

Every Gold Coast local knows how lucky they are to call this magnificent city home.

If you’re an early riser, chances are you’ve been blown away by the glorious sunrises that shimmer over the Pacific Ocean to the east of the city.

If you’ve escaped to the greenery of the hinterland you have no doubt marvelled at a purplish-pink sunset to the west that falls behind mountain ridges which make up the Gold Coast hinterland.

Bushwalking trails both long and short weave there way throughout the sub-tropical rainforests of the hinterland and across the national parks that reach the ocean shores.

With natural rock pools, more canals than Venice, crystal clear calm creeks and pristine beaches and rivers; there is always somewhere to find your inner water baby and try a new water sport.

But perhaps the city’s most spectacular natural asset is the collection of waterfalls that cascade down cliff faces and fall into word-heritage listed rainforest.

Here’s a list of some of the amazing waterfalls you can find on the Gold Coast.

Purling Brook Falls are over 100 meters high

The top of Purling Brook Falls

Purling Brook Falls – Springbrook

Length: 4km (return) Level: Medium Note: Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear recommended

The Purling Brook Falls are spectacular and are rated on Tripadvisor at #2 things to do in Springbrook National Park. Towering at over 100 meters in height, visitors flock to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests after rainfall to see it at it’s most magnificent.

Start your hike along a scenic and elevated path that descends from open eucalyptus forest into a subtropical gorge to view the amazing falls from below. Cross the suspension bridge which provides a perfect photo opportunity. Slightly further down the track the falls flow into tranquil waterholes perfect for rest stop. Prepare for a steady climb through rainforest which will bring you back to the picnic area.

Natural Bridge – Springbrook

Length: 1km (circuit) Level: Easy Note: The track has long sets of stairs, walk this track in a clockwise direction for an easier hike.

Natural Bridge is a very popular part of Springbrook National Park, the sealed circuit track takes walkers through the forest, across Cave Creek and into an arched cave where a waterfall falls in from above.

It provides phenomenal photographic opportunities so don’t forget to bring your camera.

In the evening the cave becomes illuminated by thousands of glow-worms. The glow-worms are visible all year round, however their population increases significantly during the summer months.

Find hoop pines along the trail that emerge through the surrounding rainforest. These pines are living relics of the Jurassic Age—the age of the conifers— from approximately 180 million years ago. These pines are the most primitive of conifers.

The natural pool under the Natural Bridge

A top view of water cascading into Natural Brigde

Twin Falls – Springbrook

Length: 4km return Level: Medium Note: Allow about 2hrs walking time

Springbrook’s sub-tropical landscape is punctuated with amazing waterfalls including Twin Falls.

The walk begins from either Tallanbana picnic area or Canyon lookout. The 4km track’s scenery continually changes as it makes it’s way the the falls. Expect to see interesting rock formations, very steep cliffs, an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking views all the way down to the beach.

This track allows walkers to access the two waterfalls from behind, through rock clefts and among palms and treeferns.

Some of the trees located in this part of the World Heritage area have been radiocarbon-dated at 1500 years, making these trees the oldest ever carbon-dated on Australia’s mainland.

A waterfall in a rainforest

Goomoolahra Falls

Length: 200m return Level: easy  Note: wheelchair accessible

From the top of the lookout the Goomoolahra waterfall cascades 60 meters down to land on a subtropical rainforest floor.

This is a wheelchair-assisted track that passes through the Goomoolahra picnic area. Visitors are able to access several great lookouts from the top of the Goomoolahra Falls. The north facing views reach as far as Stradbroke Island to Moreton Bay and surrounding islands.

Cougal Cascades

Take a scenic drive into the Currumbin Valley to discover the wonder of the Cougal Cascades. A short but beautiful walk through the lush rainforest reveals a stunning waterfall and large swimming rock pool. If you’re keen on some heart-pumping mountain hiking you may prefer to try the nearby Mount Cougal. It’s not for the faint hearted but certainly one to tick off your bucket list.

A couple walking through a creek
Cougal Cascades, Currumbin Valley

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Twin Falls

Goomoolahra Falls – Photo courtesy of GoldCoastInfo.net