Springbrook, a rural town of nearly 700 people, is the main access road is from Mudgeeraba.

Location: 28 km west of Tweed Heads.

The Springbrook plateau is the most easterly spur of the McPherson Range. It has an average yearly rainfall of 120 inches or 300 cm, and a sub-tropical maritime climate. As well as having sub-tropical vegetation, the plateau has warm and cool temperate rain-forests. An improved road with lower gradients was built in 1925-28, leading to a boom in tourism and guesthouses. The first guesthouse, Rudders, had opened in 1925, and by the end of the 1930s there were seven, along with cafes and self-contained accommodation. A bus also brought visitors from Southport for wholesome holidays at Queensland's 'premier mountain resort'.

Until the early 1960s Springbrook was a tourist drawcard, but it went out of fashion in the heyday of beach tourism. A revival came in the next decade, led by retirees, alternative life-stylers and day-trippers seeking scenery and local crafts.

Springbrook National Park

Nestled between Lamington National Park and the coastline, Springbrook National Park is renowned for its waterfalls and ancient Antarctic Beech trees. It is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, World Heritage Area (1994). The southern part of the National Park, known as The Canyon, has the headwaters of the Little Nerang and Mudgeeraba Creeks, with spectacular waterfalls and lookouts.

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West of there, the Natural Bridge section makes up the balance of Springbrook National Park. (The Natural Bridge is a cave formation with a glow-worm colony).

The town of Springbrook backs on to the National Park and has walking-track access to the single-drop 106m Purling Brook Falls. South of Springbrook, steep roadways through the Numbinbah Valley offer one of the most picturesque drives on the Gold Coast.

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