Purling Brook Falls



About Purling Brook Falls


For magnificent views venture into the Gold Coast hinterland in Queensland and head to Purling Brook Falls.

The falls have a drop of 109 metres, and although you will get water going over the edge all year, Purling Brook Falls are especially spectacular after much rain when the water pours into the abyss giving a show that is quite exciting.

Called a horsetail waterfall, because the falling water does indeed resemble a silky horsetail, there are no ledges on the cliff face behind the falls, so the water does plummet into a pool at the bottom, that is surrounded by forest.

Purling Brook Falls are part of Springbrook National Park, and can be reached in less than an hour from Surfers Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Enjoying the falls

There is a short walk down to the falls from the car park, and visitors have the opportunity to complete a four kilometre round trip to the bottom of the falls, and back following a circuitous route.

Although there are 450 steps to the bottom of the falls, the visitor’s attention is mostly focussed on the lovely surroundings and magnificent views than on the actual plod down the hill.  Make sure you take the left fork when you leave the carpark, otherwise you will be walking up the 450 steps.

Springbrook National Park forms part of what is known as the Gondwana Rainforests, which form the most extensive region of subtropical rainforests in the world.

This area is mountainous, and is part of Australia’s Great Dividing Range which forms a barrier from the northernmost to southernmost length of mainland Australia, close to the east coast of the continent.

These forests are extremely old, and some species existed 180 million years ago when Australia was part of the supercontinent Gondwana.

The rainforests surrounding Purling Brook Falls are extremely lush, which is a major part of their attraction.

Exploring the falls

If you do follow the track to the bottom of the falls, it actually leads you behind them.  It is also possible, if it is a hot day, to enjoy a refreshing swim in a nearby waterhole.

Your reward to taking the walk is to encounter some magnificent trees. Soaring palm trees, giant fig trees and Australian gum trees, some of which claw precariously to rocks in order to be fed by moisture from the falls.

The drive up to Springbrook National Park is quite lovely, and you can take a circuitous route through the mountains to enjoy other magnificent scenery and some quite stunning lookouts on what is, always, a great day out.

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