It’s no secret that one of our favourite day trip destinations is Springbrook National Park. There are so many beautiful walking tracks, look outs and picnic areas to choose from, that you just want to keep coming back to explore some more. One of the tracks that we hadn’t had the opportunity to walk was the Purling Brook Falls Walking Track.
This four kilometre walking track takes you down into the bottom section near the base of the falls. The Purling Brook Falls circuit was closed for some time after floods washed away part of the track and a foot bridge. This has since been repaired and was re-opened in 2015.
There are two ways that you can approach this walk. I recommend that you tackle it in a clockwise direction. As you walk in from the car park veer to the left and follow that path. This leads to a viewing area where you can take in the full size of the falls and also look down into the bottom section where you will be walking to.
The walking track is fairly steep and narrow and has a total of 450 steps that wind their way down into the foothills of the falls. I would suggest that you have a moderate level of fitness before attempting this walk. I found the walk down and the steps easy to navigate. However, the walk back out was steep and I needed to stop a couple of times to catch my breath.
Sturdy footwear is a must as well. The dampness of the area makes parts of the track quite slippery in places. Some sections of the track are close to steep drops. It is a good idea to supervise any younger children at all times.
We stopped numerous times to take photo’s so all up the walk took us about two and a half hours. If you want to add an extra two kilometres onto your walk, you can include the Warringa Pool track walk. We didn’t on this occasion as the weather wasn’t looking the best.
The weather in the Gold Coast Hinterland is often unpredictable and can often be several degrees cooler than on the coast. I would suggest packing a light jacket. Some bottled water is also essential and you may want to consider packing a snack as well.
Once down the bottom it was much cooler and I could feel the spray blowing off the waterfall. And the views are nothing short of spectacular. I felt completely dwarfed by the cliffs that the falls run over.
Of course after you have finished your walk, you will want some lunch and there are some great picnic areas to choose from. We stopped at the Settlement Camp Ground Day Use Area. This is away from the main parking area and a lot quieter. Plus there is loads of open space for the kids to run around.
Although we haven’t camped at the Settlement Camp Ground it looks like a great spot for a few nights camping with decent size flat areas. There are barbecues and toilets available but no showers. The camp ground is run by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and a camping permit is required.