Hiking Guide: Natural Bridge, Australia

Updated: Mar 17, 2019

One of the most well-known and commonly visited spots in Springbrook National Park – part of the Gold Coast Hinterland – is Natural Bridge. Also known as Natural Arch, this waterfall has over time carved a hole through the rock and now falls through a hole into the cave below.




Overview



Before you go

Pack: Water and camera Wear: Enclosed walking shoes, jacket in the cooler months as it gets cool in the rainforest, and swimmers if you’re brave enough for a waterfall dip!


Getting to the starting point

There isn’t any public transport out to Springbrook National Park, so you’ll need either your own car or to join part of a tour.

As this is a very popular destination, signage for Natural Bridge is very prominent. Heading south from Brisbane, exit the Pacific Motorway at Nerang and follow Nerang–Murwillumbah Road until you see the signed park turn off on your left.



Getting onto the trail

The trail begins right at the carpark – there’s plenty of information boards and maps here for longer hikes.



The hike

The walk from the carpark is only a 15 minute decline to Natural Bridge. There are a range of other hiking trails in this section – I do recommend to explore if you haven’t been there before!



Reaching the destination

You’ll hear the waterfall before you see it – depending on the amount of recent rainfall, the waterfall can be a slight spray or absolutely rocketing.

There is also a colony of glow worms who live in the cave (so no flash photography for those little guys!).  They’re only visible at night.



Returning

You can continue the trail further for a longer walk, or do the small loop up to the top of the waterfall, across the top bridge, and back up to the car park.


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