The Gold Coast is famous for its sun, sand and surf – and for good reason. But our enchanting Hinterland is equally worthy of attention. Head for the mountains of Springbrook and Lamington National Parks, or Tamborine Mountain, where you can wander among ancient rainforests and cool fresh water creeks flow into rock pools and waterfalls. On a scorching hot summer day, these special spots provide a serene escape from the heat. For those wanting to explore the beyond the beaches (and we highly recommend you do!) here’s our list of some of the best Gold Coast waterfalls.
This popular waterfall is found in the gorgeous Mount Tamborine region of the Gold Coast hinterland. It’s a short and easy walk through sub-tropical rainforest to this stunning spot – if you walk quietly and keep your eyes open you’re likely to spot some local wildlife like lizards, wallabies, koalas and bird life. And if you go at night in the right season (take a torch for the walk!) you’ll see a galaxy of glow worms – a truly magical sight.
Purling Brook Falls in Springbook National Park is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the region, plunging 300 feet into a gorge. The walking circuit to the base of the falls is a 4km return trip that will take approximately two hours. It’s certainly not a stroll – there are some steep ascents and 265 steps on the way. It’s less gruelling if you take the path left and walk the circuit in a clockwise direction. It’s a stunning walk through Gondwana and Eucalypt forests teeming with wildlife, down into the gorge, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the falls from below and cool down in the refreshing spray.
One of the most incredible sights to see on the Gold Coast is Natural Bridge in the Numinbah Valley. There is an easy 1km circuit takes you above, below and around the beautiful spot (walk it in a clockwise direction). The best time to go is in the late afternoon so you can stay until the sun has gone down and see the incredible glow worms as they light up the cave, and if you’re lucky the fireflies too.
Morans Falls is a great place to sit, relax and watch the sun set. This place, while still in the Lamington National Park, is in the Green Mountain section. Getting to Morans Falls is a rather easy 4.6km return walk, and the entrance to the track is just down the main road from the peaceful O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
This waterfall is one of the most stunning waterfalls in the Lamington National Park. It is an 8km return trip making up part of the Box Forest Circuit. If you’re feeling up to it, walk a little further to take in the beautiful serenity of Box Log Falls.
BOX LOG FALLS
Box Log Falls is one of many waterfalls you will pass along the Box Forest Circuit, which starts from the O’Reilly’s Carpark. The Circuit is a 10.6km hike so come prepared with good walking shoes, water and supplies – but rest assured, it is well worth the effort.
You’ll find Mirror Falls along the Albert River Circuit which starts at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. It’s quite a hike at 20.6km long, but the enchanting sight of the falls make it all worthwhile and the untouched terrain you travel through will fill you with wonder.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.