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Queensland's Best of All Lookout

Updated on July 21, 2013
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Bronwen has lived in, taught in and visited a number of countries and loves to share these travel experiences with others.

Springbrook World Heritage National Park

Springbrook World Heritage National Park is situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland, right on the border between Queensland and New South Wales, in Eastern Australia.

This park is a wonderful place to visit for anyone interested in nature and the world around us.

I recently revisited the area and was not disappointed. I knew I loved it, but had forgotten just how beautiful this area of views and waterfalls can be and it was so refreshing to experience again one of my favourite places.

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Beautiful Springbrook in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Take Your Time

The road from the coast to Springbrook rises from near sea-level to over a kilometre high, so there are twists and turns, even 'hairpin bends,' but if you are making a day of it there is no need to hurry.

There are several places to stop and enjoy the beauty of the scenery on the way. Take your time and breathe the fresh, clean mountain air.

The Signpost to the Best of All Lookout
The Signpost to the Best of All Lookout | Source

The Signpost

In Springbrook, the road is well signposted. Once you reach the tiny village of Springbrook, it is only seven kilometres to the entrance to the Lookout, so there's time to stop on the way and enjoy the scenery.

At this spot pictured below, Purlingbrook stream passes underneath the road, slides over rocks and tumbles down a small waterfall as it grows and makes its way down the mountain.

  • If you're driving, watch out for walkers and hikers along the road.

Once, when I was driving quite near here I was delighted to see a shining Golden Oriole fly right across the road. Unfortunately, I've never been able to photograph this beautiful bird that is an icon of the area.

Purlingbrook, on the Road to The Best of All Lookout
Purlingbrook, on the Road to The Best of All Lookout | Source

The Springbrook National Park

At the top end of Repeater Station Road, we came to a divided road. Both lead to car-parks. As it is mountainous, there is not much space for parking and the one on the right is the main park. From here steps lead up to the smaller car-park. Here there is space for Handicapped Parking and about three other vehicles. This car-park is right at the entrance to the walking track to the Best of All Lookout.

  • As you can see from the photo below, the park is protected. Although it may be tempting in the wildflower season, the only thing you are permitted to take are photos.

An Entrance to the World Heritage Springbrook National Park
An Entrance to the World Heritage Springbrook National Park | Source

The Track to the Best of All Lookout

As you can see from the following photos, which are just a couple from the many that I took, even in the rather bleak winter sunshine there is much to see and enjoy along the way.

There are many places where we noticed that the leaf-mould has been scratched by some creatures, but we did not see any. Perhaps they are nocturnal - or perhaps we made too much noise!

To the North of the Walking Track to the Best of All Lookout
To the North of the Walking Track to the Best of All Lookout | Source
A Mossy Nook Along the Track to the Lookout
A Mossy Nook Along the Track to the Lookout | Source

Temperate Rainforest

The walking track through temperate rainforest is made and smooth, so much better than it used to be. Although it does wind up and down a little, it is only 300 metres to the Lookout and it claims to be suitable for all fitness levels. It is fairly narrow, but there are places a little wider where people can stop for a moment to catch their breath or take photograph.

The temperate rainforest offers a variety of vistas and it's pleasant to walk slowly to enjoy it. I especially love all the mosses, lichens and tiny ferns.

The Easy Gradient Walking Track to the Lookout
The Easy Gradient Walking Track to the Lookout | Source

The Best of All Lookout

Wow! We arrived at the Best of All Lookout! And the vista was just as breath-taking as I remembered it.

  • We had been walking along the extensive northern edge of a huge ancient volcano that is known as the Green Cauldron.
  • Apparently it was last active about ten million years ago.

Before us was a very interesting and informative board at the Lookout that told us about the scene before us and explained what happened in the area so long ago.

The Information Board at the Lookout
The Information Board at the Lookout | Source

Looking South East

The highest peak is quite pointed and we know it as Mt Warning.

The Original Occupants

  • Long before the advent of white settlement, an aboriginal group, the Kombumerri people, lived in the area, usually down nearer the coast.
  • The Kombumerri probably came up into the cool mountains to escape the hot, humid summer weather, as stone tools have been found nearby.
  • The Kombumerri name for Mt. Warning is Wollumbin, which means 'cloud catcher,' such an evocative name.

The View to the South East From the Lookout: the Pointed Peak is Mount Warning
The View to the South East From the Lookout: the Pointed Peak is Mount Warning | Source

Looking North East

The border between Queensland and New South Wales, when we look north east, runs along the closest mountain, Springbrook Mountain. Another viewing point, the Bilborough Lookout, is situated on its tip.

Just beyond that, on a clear day, we can see the high rises of the Twin Towns, Coolangatta (Qld) and Tweed Heads (NSW). All along beyond the land is the coast and the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

It was a lovely stroll through the forest and the view at the end was certainly worth it, and this is just one part of Springbrook World Heritage National Park.

The View to the North East From the Lookout With the Pacific Ocean in the Distance
The View to the North East From the Lookout With the Pacific Ocean in the Distance | Source

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      kidscrafts: Yes, it was lovely. I'm glad you enjoyed it, I love sharing and thank you for your comments.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a nice place to visit! I love the pictures with the landscape of mountains in the background! Thanks for sharping your pictures, Blossom!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      F-Menchise: Thank you for visiting my hub - I hope you find time to visit the real place sometime soon. On my revisit I found it was so much more vivid than I had remembered it.

      Mhatter99: Glad you enjoyed it.

      Eiddwen: Thank you - especially from you, as you always have such beautiful photos yourself.

      Frank Atanacio: It was lovely to have you along. I appreciate the companionship and the sharing. God bless you, too.

      always exploring: I like corners like that too, and all the tiny mosses and ferns there. It's lovely to share.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your hubs always make me want to travel. I espically liked the picture, mossy nook. Thank's again for sharing your journeys...

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you blossoms for taking us along with you in words bless you :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So interesting Blossom and full of beautiful photos.

      Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the beautiful tour.

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      F-Menchise 4 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      Thanks for sharing the great views of Queensland, this is a great hub and reminds me of those sights that I have seen a very long time ago, since then I have always wanted to go back there, but I have never had the chance and today you have taken me there at least mentally. Thanks again for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Faith Reaper: Thank you for your lovely comments. It's so great to share with you. I hadn't heard from you much before I went away for my holiday to see family in Queensland, and was wondering how you are. God bless you, too.

      Jackie Lynnley: It truly is like a glimpse of Heaven - only that will be even better. The only bangs were when the volcano erupted. GBY

      rebeccamealey: Thank you. I've been able to enjoy it all over again in writing this and it's great to share.

      MsDora: Thank you. It's lovely to hear from you. Blessings.

      billybuc: If we use our eyes to really see there is so much beauty in the world for us to enjoy. Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm planning on writing more about that interesting day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No matter where we go there is beauty in this world. I doubt I'll ever get there, so thank you for showing me some beauty I would have never seen.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for this view of Springbrook World Heritage National Park through your eyes. Good work!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow! What spectacular views! Thanks for sharing your trip's photos.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, so beautiful. Those last two pictures are like looking down from Heaven. How could anyone think that just happened? Up and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dearest Blossom,

      I am always so thrilled to read your lovely hubs where you take us to places unknown, as least to me, as I do not get to travel much at this point in my life, so I enjoy traveling with you.

      I can see why Queensland is the best of all Lookouts! Your photos always add much interest to your hubs along with your writing, to really have the full impact of actually being right there with you!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you, Faith Reaper