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Family Day Trip to Springbrook National Park

Springbrook Natural Bridge
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Day Trips from Brisbane – Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is one of those natural wonders that almost seem too beautiful to be real. The whole family will be enthralled by the park’s spectacular views, countless walking tracks and beautiful native flora and fauna. In fact the park features waterfalls, creeks, views and mountains that are not easily beaten in South East Queensland region, making this a must-do day trip from Brisbane with kids.

Springbrook is a huge National Park that is sure to be a major attraction for kids and adults

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Spanning over 6500 hectares, Springbrook National Park has four sections to visit, each with it’s own unique outlook. Choose from the Springbrook plateau and Mount Cougal, located on the south east or the Natural Bridge and Numinbah to the west. If you love endless views, then The Plateau will be for you, offering many spectacular lookouts. If you’re history buffs, Mount Cougal, can provide you with an interesting historical insight into the logging industry, which was strong in the area.

For an encounter of the glowing kind, visit Natural Bridge and meet the glowworms

At night, Natural Bridge comes to life with thousands of glowworms lighting up the area. The kids will love looking into a ‘starry sky’ created by these fascinating little creatures. During the day enjoy the sights of Natural Bridge and its’ picturesque waterfall where you can enjoy a picnic lunch by the Nerang River in the Forest Park picnic area.

How to get to Springbrook section of the Park

About 100km outside of Brisbane, Springbrook National Park is worth the drive. There are so many areas to visit;

Make your way south, down the Pacific Motorway. From Mudgeeraba, Springbrook plateau is just 24km. If you’re coming from Nerang it is only 36km. All you need to do is take the 79 Exit at Mudgeeraba (exit 80 from the south). Then, follow the Gold Coast–Springbrook Road. There is also the option to exit the Pacific Motorway at Nerang (exit 69) the continue up Nerang–Murwillumbah Road for approx. 23km. The Springbrook turn-off is located at Pine Creek Road. If you enjoy driving then these roads are for you as they are quite windy.

There is a magnificent scenic route via the Springbrook Plateau from Mudgeeraba, offering a windy and narrow passage through some impressive natural country. From the Pacific Highway you will need to take exit 80 from the south or exit 79 from the north and follow the Gold Coast–Springbrook Road to the Plateau. Once there just turn right onto Pine Creek Road. Continue along Pine Creek Road then turn left on Nerang–Murwillumbah Road. If you prefer you can also access the Natural Bridge Section from Murwillumbah. Following the Numinbah Road for 28km.

You are not allowed to swim at Springbrook

Springbrook Natural Bridge

Unfortunately it is not permitted to swim at the Natural Bridge Section and penalties apply if you are caught so take in the view, just don’t dip your tootsies in the water.

Have a family picnic at the Mount Cougal section

From the Gold Coast Highway take either one of the Duringan Street or Thrower Drive exits. There will be signs leading to Currumbin Creek Road (route 98). If you’re coming from the Pacific Motorway, head to Stewart Road then turn onto Currumbin Creek Road. Once you come to a T-intersection turn left. You’ll soon arrive at the Cougal Cascades car park and picnic area.

If you’d like to take a scenic Sunday drive try the Numinbah section

Just a short drive from Natural Bridge section you’ll find Numinbah. From the Pacific Motorway turn towards Nerang (exit 69) and follow continue approx. 25km along the Nerang–Murwillumbah Road.

There’s a longer route to follow if you’ve got extra time along Springbrook Plateau from Mudgeeraba. Take exit 79 from the Pacific Motorway from the north or exit 80 from the south and follow the Gold Coast–Springbrook Road to the Plateau. At the end, turn right onto Pine Creek Road, turn left on Nerang–Murwillumbah Road.

Once you arrive there are plenty of things to do

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You’ll be spoilt for choice with activities at Springbrook. There are many walking tracks and if you like, you can join a guided tour to learn about the area, the plants and the wildlife. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and come home with a wealth of knowledge. There are walking tracks from 300m all the way to 50km! For ease of use the walking tracks are classified visitors can choose a track that suits their abilities and time schedule.

There are many picnic areas where you can enjoy a shady spot and play some ball games with the kids. Remember not to feed the animals as they can get sick from human food or become dependent on it, causing them to be aggressive towards visitors.

What to bring for your day trip

Its is important to remember that outing with the family out into nature can sometimes require a little extra ‘luggage’, here is a list of essentials to bring.
• Bug spray for mosquitoes, leeches and ticks
• Plenty of drinking water as it is not available at the park. Don’t drink the creek water as you could get sick
• Walking shoes (closed toe are best), a hat, protective clothing and sunscreen
• Rubbish bags to remove your rubbish and recyclables from the park. Rubbish bins are not provided

Whether you’re family are a wildlife lovers, or budding photographers who love a great landscape, or perhaps avid bush walkers, Springbrook National Park is an ideal day trip for young and old.

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