Purlingbrook Falls

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Spectacular waterfalls and cool ancient forests await you in the beautiful World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest of Springbrook National Park. On this beautiful circuit walk, in the Springbrook Plateau section of the park, pass through open eucalypt forest of New England ash, before descending into the gorge to view the falls from below. After crossing the suspension bridge a steady climb through forest brings the walker back to the picnic area. Look for ancient lepidozamias, colourful hakeas and dazzling wildflowers along the way to this stunning waterfall.

There are 265 steps on this walk and it's easier to walk in a clockwise direction. For visitor safety Purling Brook Falls has a restricted access area at the top and base of the waterfall. There are sheer cliffs and waterfalls so keep to the track. If you've got time, detour on the Warringa Pool track, which leads downstream from the base of the falls; you'll add another 2 kilometres to the walk and need to allow another 40 minutes to return. 


  • Hiking
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography


  • Walking trail - 4km loop | grade 3
  • Carpark
  • Toilets
  • Signage
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic areas
  • Family friendly
  • Suspension Bridge

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current conditions. Ensure to check for any updates relating to any warnings that may be issued for the area, and check for the opening and closing times.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but memories.

Photo & content credits: Tourism and Events Queensland


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3 Reviews

OutdoorswithJohnnoat 09 Mar 24

Been a few times now, has never disappointed the full circuit can definitely get the heart pumping.

PerformanceCrewat 26 Oct 23
Loved it

Great place

  • Review Photo of Purlingbrook Falls
Samanthaat 26 Sep 20
Loved it!

We did the entire walk including the extra 2km to the Little Rock pools. One of our fav waterfall hikes.

  • Review Photo of Purlingbrook Falls
  • Review Photo of Purlingbrook Falls

Location & Supplier

Purlingbrook Falls

Address: Forestry Road, Springbrook, Queensland 4213

Email: qpws@nprsr.qld.gov.au

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