Purling Brook Falls
This is the best waterfall on the mountain and just a few minutes walk from the car park. It is particularly spectacular after rain. Enjoy a stroll through the forest at the top of the falls, all relatively flat. You’ll see epiphytes in the tree tops, monster tadpoles in the rock pools, maybe blue crayfish and moss covered old trees. There are 2 lookouts and a causeway across the top of the waterfall.
And then there is the new suspension bridge at the base of the falls. For those who are a little more energetic, take a walk down to the canyon floor and experience this suspension bridge.
These falls are accessible from the Twin Falls Circuit walk. It’s a short walk to the falls (about 30 minutes) and the rewards are worth it – lush forest, rock pools, huge rock clefts and amazing views. The falls cascade down into 3 separate rock pools – all good for a swim on a hot day. You could spend hours relaxing in this little patch of rainforest. Car parking and access to the circuit walk is available at Canyon Lookout and Tallanbana Picnic Ground.
Photo: Adam Maund
At the end of Springbrook Rd you’ll find a delightful little forest. A meandering mountain stream meets the cliff and cascades into the valley below. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the falls from the lookout that canterlevers over the rocks.
Goomoolahra Falls are just 100m (on asphalt) from the car park. From the lookout you’ll see across the canyon to the buildings of Surfers Paradise and beyond to the sparkling blue sea.