Purling Brook Falls [CLOSED]

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Springbrook National Park

Purling Brook Falls [CLOSED] is a 4.2 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springbrook, Queensland, Australia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.2 km Elevation Gain: 213 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

closed

no dogs

Please note: This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options and the park's website for up to date information. This is a short picturesque walk good for the whole family. There are great valley views and stunning waterfalls. You can hike it either direction, but most choose to go clockwise. The first half of the walk is heading down into the valley to the base of the waterfall, with lots of views. The base of the falls makes a great lunch or snack spot (please take your rubbish out with you). Over the suspension bridge and back up the other side of the falls. This gets the heart rate up a bit but fine for people of average fitness or better. Not as many view points on the way out but very pretty rainforest and lovely rock features. Beware this trail can get quite busy on a nice weekend day.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful but crowded. Around 2 hours including the Warringa Pools offshoot (6.3kms total). Gorgeous waterfall surrounded by dense rainforest and bushland. Trail in great condition.

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome trail with stunning views and exciting things to see all along the way. Nice rest area at the half way mark at the bottom of the beautiful waterfall. Easy to walk for whole family (2 kids, 7 & 9 yrs). Took us just over 2 hrs incl. plenty of breaks.

hiking
closed
over grown
18 days ago

Springbrook national park is still closed, still plenty of people out. Circuit a little overgrown, beautiful scenery. Apparently reopens soon though. We were given stern warning from detectives and national park at the end of our trek.

hiking
1 month ago

Start early to avoid the bus loads of tourists. There are leeches during Summer esp after rain. It does get slippery in the wet so wear sensible shoes and start left to avoid all the stairs. The fall itself is amazing and I love standing on the suspension bridge where you can watch the water rush by underneath where you're standing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, fun loop to walk along. Slippery when wet but easy for those of all levels of experience.

Nice walk, awesome views of the waterfall when stood beneath it. Too many tourists for my liking. Easy walk if you do it clockwise as you get the steps out of the way going down.

walking
2 months ago

sick as a stick, real tall waterfall, let's get maccas

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views, great walk - wear decent shoes as track and rocks are slippery.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail great for an easy walk but the only thing is to always turn left and walk down the stairs as this will make and easier walk back up there are not many stairs

hiking
4 months ago

A great little walk if you find yourself with a free afternoon. Initially very busy with lots of foot traffic and instabloggers, however once we got down into the valley found ourselves on our own for a majority of the way. Highly recommend doing the extra 2km return walk to Warringa pool, with a cheeky dip at the stream near the little bridge. Did it in thongs and wasn’t any trouble. Make sure you turn left when you start to ensure you don’t get stuck climbing the many stairs on the way back up! Great tip we are glad we took notice of!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful but crowded, during summer time no water in waterfall

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

Beautiful walk would be good to do after wet season as the noise and views would be sensational, still lovely to be out there so glad we went left instead of right to avoid having to come back up those stairs, went during the hottest part of the day saw and heard a few animals would have been nice to have heard and seen more though.

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful walk with well defined track. Well worth the walk to the bottom for a view from the base of the falls.

hiking
6 months ago

Start early to avoid crowds and plan to see the falls after the rains to see them at their best. Beautiful walk.

hiking
closed
over grown
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

A really picturesque walk with everything I look for...great views and a stunning waterfall! We walked it clockwise as suggested and I think it's probably the best way, as there is lot's of steps on the way down which would be hell to come back up :) The first half of the walk is heading gown into the valley to the base of the waterfall, lot's of view points of the valley and Falls, stunning. The base of the falls makes a great lunch or snack spot (please take your rubbish out with you). Over the suspension bridge and back up the other side of the falls. This gets the heart rate up a bit but fine for people of average fitness or better. Not as many view points on the way out but very pretty rainforest and lovely rock features. I highly recomment. Lots of people on the track, so don't expect to be alone with your thoughts :)

hiking
7 months ago

Nice dry and breezy weather in Oct. Few fallen trees (and OZ lizards) across the path but no dramas. Best first hike ever!

hiking
9 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole doing the loop start on the left. Views to falls over the hanging bridge in magnificent, highly recommend it.

hiking
10 months ago

Great walk and the view from the bottom is fantastic.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike down the the falls. I would do it clockwise as the trail suggests. Did the whole thing in an hour and 15 mins with both lookouts and sitting at the bottom of the falls for about 15 mins. Easy return up the other side, not steep.

hiking
10 months ago

Stunning

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

This was a great hike with some amazing views. It was rainy the day we made this hike and the trail was a little muddy. We only made a portion of the trail due to the weather, but what we saw was absolutely beautiful. The portion of the hike we made was totally worth it and if we make it to this area again we will certainly hike the entire loop.

hiking
11 months ago

Stunning hike! Would recommend going early before the crowd comes (either for the trail/bbq areas). Waterfall and creek views were amazing. Slight steep walk from bottom of Purlingbrook Falls back to carpark, bring a water bottle.

hiking
11 months ago

The big gun of Gold Coast waterfalls. Went clockwise as suggested and gradually strolled down to the base. Very beautiful area , easily followed track back up the other side. Steep but all done in 2 hrs

hiking
11 months ago

nice walk with beautiful swimming hole and waterfall to finish. i would have given it 5 stars but parking was difficult

Tue May 14 2019

Nice and easy walk. Beautiful waterfall and nice 2km add on to sit in a less busy spot to stop and eat.

Wed May 01 2019

easy walk, beautiful fall

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

An easy walk if moderately fit. Take the 2k extension to the rock pools. To finish the circuit walk past the falls and over the bridge then you can go up the other side and return to the starting point. Walking clockwise means the steps are on the descent and not the ascent on the way home.

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