Well life has been pretty full on for me over the past few months hence the lack of posts! But I have managed to squeeze in a few walks recently, a few with friends and a family day trip up to Springbrook National Park a few weeks ago. I was in desperate need of a bushwalk and Harry wanted to go on a picnic so I decided to we should do the 4 kilometer Purlingbrook Falls loop track and then have some lunch at the picnic area where the walk begins.
Harry was full of energy and tried to race off ahead. I had to stop him and explain that there steep sections and cliff edges and that this time he was going to have to stay between us. This information wasn’t very well recieved as Harry wanted to be the leader, but after telling him both he and Daddy could be the leaders he was satisfied to walk beside Chris.
The walk is best done in a clockwise direction, meaning you need to turn left just after the track begins. The walk is well graded and begins by taking you through some beautiful open eucalypt forest along the cliff line for a bit before descending down to the bottom of the falls. There are a couple of lookouts along the track providing views over the mountains and valleys of Springbrook NP on a clear day.
It was pretty dry when we were there but if you can time it after some rain the falls do get a roar going. The track used to go behind the falls and I remember as a kid we would squeal with equal parts of horror and delight at copping a drenching from the falls. Us kids would also be in fits of laughter watching our parents and Aunties and Uncles get a soaking! These days it’s a much drier affair, as the track behind the falls has been replaced with a small suspension bridge crossing the creek below the falls.
We stopped and had a nice morning tea at the base of the falls before making our way back up the other side of the cliff. This is not a hard walk (Harry is only 4 1/2 and he managed just fine) but do expect a little bit of huff and puff to get you back up to the top of the falls. I have to apologise for the lack of the quality of the photos in this post – I didn’t bring my camera and all these photos were taken with my good old iPhone 4 camera (I know, I know. Shame on me!).
For those of you who do visit the Gold Coast and want to head up to hinterland and stretch the legs, the Purlingbrook Falls circuit is just one of the many walks up at Springbrook National Park to explore. Jane over at Mildly extreme has tempted me to have a crack at the Warrie Circuit sometime over the summer, however at 17 kms I don’t think Harry will be accompanying me on that one!
At a Glance
Purlingbrook Falls loop walk – 4 km return (allow 2 hours) class 3 track