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
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.