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Springbrook Township, Queensland

Updated on July 28, 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.

Rainbow Lorikeet in the Springbrook Township
Rainbow Lorikeet in the Springbrook Township | Source

Springbrook Township: Tiny, But Interesting

You don't need to go further than tiny Springbrook Township to see interesting sights, especially if you are looking forward to seeing some of the birds of the area. Of course, at the end of the road there is the National Forest and there are some lovely walks, tall trees and waterfalls to see there.

In less than an hour from the Queensland Gold Coast, you can drive into the Hinterland and enjoy the cooler air of the mountains around Springbrook.

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Nestled in the mountain area amidst beautiful National Parks, we find the tiny township of Springbrook.

The Signpost

When you come to the signpost, on your left is a short road that leads to some popular walks in one part of the Springbrook World Heritage National Park.

Turn into this road and straight away, on your left is The Shop.

Signpost in the Centre of Springbrook.
Signpost in the Centre of Springbrook. | Source

The Shop

The Shop is a spread out building made up of three parts: In the centre there is the general store, to the right is the Post Office and to the left an Aladdin's Cave of interesting goodies and the Café.

We parked outside The Shop, avoiding the owner who was sweeping the small car-parkin area. She was accompanied by a large dog, known as Dook.

After a leisurely chat, we went into the Café for a morning coffee.

The Shop - and Café
The Shop - and Café | Source

The Café

The Café was a surprisingly good size and there were many interesting corners to explore and a variety of articles that could be purchased. Some were made by local crafts people and it is good to be able to support them by buying something there.

Artefacts in the Café
Artefacts in the Café | Source

A Diversion

After our coffee and another chat with the interesting and friendly owner, she gave us a brochure and map of the district.

We drove off to see 'The Best of All Lookout', but you have probably already read my article about that. When we arrived at the car-park, it was only about three hundred metres to see the wonderful view. By then it was lunchtime.

We drove back and turned again into the road past The Shop. There were a few houses and then on our right we came to the Forest Café. Here, we could dine inside or outside.

Although it was winter, we wanted to enjoy the birds and the trees around us, so we chose to sit outside.

The Forest Café al fresco Area
The Forest Café al fresco Area | Source

The Kurrawong

A kurrawong was already there, sitting on the rail to greet us. I have seen kurrawongs in many different parts of Australia and love them. They're not as beautiful as many of our birds, but they have such interesting calls.

Once we took a party of a schoolboys' Nature Club to look at the flora and fauna in the High Country for a week. The only trouble was, it snowed! We had told them to pack light, but some had really heavy cases and backpacks and were not amused when the coach would go no further and they had to carry them up a steep hill in Falls Creek to the Lodge. The snow was deep and soft and filled their shoes.

We could not take the boys out to see the things we had planned, but the Kurrawongs came around and we enjoyed their songs as they, and some dingoes, enjoyed our food scraps.

Kurrawongs are mostly fruit eaters and they live in what I like to call separate tribes. Each tribe has its own song, just a little different from that of other groups.

A Curious Kurrawong
A Curious Kurrawong | Source

Other Birds

While we waited for our meal and hot chocolate drinks, some other birds came to join us.

  • There was a baby Minah Bird that tried to look forlorn, but we found it could fly quite well.
  • Then a Kookaburra came into a nearby bush and saw the joke and laughed mightily. Such a happy sound to enjoy, but he did not come near us.
  • Next there were some Rainbow Lorikeets and a couple of them looked like juveniles, although it was winter.
  • Finally we were joined by a Butcher Bird. He's not my favourite, as he loves to eat other birds' babies, but he has the most beautiful liquid song, so he's not all bad.

A Baby Minah Bird
A Baby Minah Bird | Source
A Kookaburra Thought We were Funny and He Laughed and Laughed
A Kookaburra Thought We were Funny and He Laughed and Laughed | Source
Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet | Source
Butcher Bird
Butcher Bird | Source

We Share our Hot Chocolate

Then our meal came, along with our hot chocolate. It looked delicious, but unfortunately, not just to us!

The Rainbow Lorikeets seemed to think it was especially for them and the way they approached our drinks they had obviously done this before.

Their colours were so beautiful that we let them have a share, too. After all, it was winter, so food is not as freely available as in the summer.

The Waitress Brought our Drinks
The Waitress Brought our Drinks | Source

My Turn Now!

It was obviously so tasty that one hopped up onto the edge of the glass and especially enjoyed the creamy foam.

But that is my favourite part, too, so eventually we waved them away and enjoyed the drinks ourselves.

This Creamy Foam's Nice
This Creamy Foam's Nice | Source

All Gone!

One Lorikeet came back and was not at all happy that there was none left. Greedy humans!

They are quite wild, but were so keen to have the drink (and some of our lunch) that I was able to gently pat one bird and feel his lovely soft feathers. Only once. Then he shied away.

What a delightful place to visit and if ever you have the opportunity to visit Springbrook do have lunch at the Café at the end of the road that leads to the forest. It is fairly basic and the nearest toilets are in the forest, but the food is excellent - as those birds well knew!

What? It's All Gone? How Rude!
What? It's All Gone? How Rude! | Source

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sushma Webber: I'm so glad you have been there, it's so magical, isn't it? Thank you for your comments, too.

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      Sushma Webber 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I visited Springbrook in April and it was an unforgettable experience. I too saw the Rainbow Lorikeet at the cafe near the Best of all Lookouts if I remember right. Thanks for the photos and article.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      bettybarnesb: They really are a delight. It's a couple of thousand km away from where I now live, but it's such a joy to go back and see it all again. I'm glad to have shared it with you, too. God bless you.

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      bettybarnesb 4 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      How lovely are those birds! It appears to be a "little piece of heaven on earth." I would envision being there myself.

      Thanks for sharing.

      be blessed...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. It's certainly one of my favourite places to visit. I'd just love to have the opportunity to stay there for a few days and do lots of the walks.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful hub Blossom and has to be one of my favourites.

      Voting up.

      Eddy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      cleaner3: Yes, it would certainly be a beautiful place to live and enjoy all that bird life.

      Jackie Lynnley: It was a real joy to visit there again and I loved it.

      srsddn: Thank you. The Rainbow Lorikeets are colourful - and cheeky, but I love all the birds there.

      kidscrafts: Yes, that was only one tiny corner. That cafe had so many unusual items on display. Just as well I was travelling home by plane, so could not be tempted! Thank you for your lovely comments.

      Jean Bakula: Well, we enjoyed watching them, too. Just as well it was in the wilds and no chance of catching bird flu from them!

      tobusiness: I like the Kurrawongs, too. They're not as flamboyant, nor as cheeky as the Lorikeets, but they're interesting.

      phoenix2327: Thank you. Those birds are so photogenic. The only thing is being quick enough to catch them in the view-finder, they flit about so quickly.

      Mhatter: It's not difficult when I have the opportunity to visit such delightful places. Thank you for your comment, Martin.

      MsDora: They really are beautiful. I love to revel in the great variety of design and colour. Yes, it was cozy and interesting, too.

      condominium: It is truly magical and so unspoiled. There are so many birds there as that cafe backs onto the Springbrook National Park.

      Frank Atanacio: You've hit the nail on the head! It is just what I imagine Heaven's garden must be like and it was a privilege to be there again and lovely to have the opportunity to share.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow what beautiful little ctreatures.. this must be a Heaven's garden thank you for sharing this wonderful place with us :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      What beautiful birds! The cafe looks so cozy; I'm sure I would enjoy a good browse. Thanks for sharing.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Another great show around. You're really good at this.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This was a lovely hub. I really enjoyed the photos. This was a very enjoyable read.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Blossom, you go to all the best places.....those birds are so friendly and not a bit camera shy. That Kurrawong, seem to be saying " ready for my close up, miss Blossom". Great hub as always.

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      Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

      What beautiful birds! The Rainbow Lorikeet seemed to really enjoy the drink!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great pictures, Blossom!

      The Café seems to have interesting furniture! I find that sometimes it's in the smallest place that you can have the best discoveries like local crafts or great food!

      What a sight to see those birds enjoy your (their) hot chocolate! They know what is good ;-)

      There is a great variety of birds but I love the Rainbow Lorikeet; they are very beautiful with their bright colours!

      Thank you for sharing your tour of the Springbrook Township!

      Have a great week!

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      blossomsb, Rainbow Lorikeet is so colourful and lively. Springbrook seems to be a nice place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks for taking me along, I really enjoyed that and envy you the joy!

      Love reading you.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      wow .. those are some beautiful birds blossom .. quite a unique place there .. I would love to live there ..Blossom great hub..!