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We Love These Secret Walks And Waterfalls

By Rachel Lay - 14 Nov 2016

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The Gold Coast is home to more than just beaches, FYI. The Hinterland is littered with dreamy hidden waterfalls and hikes just waiting to be uncovered. We’ve done the hard yards to track down the Gold Coast’s best hidden waterfalls and hikes to explore this Summer, so you don’t have to. All that’s left for you to do is enjoy, kick back, and relax.

The Natural Bridge

Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park’s Natural Bridge isn’t so secret to locals, but out-of-towners are none the wiser. The hike is perfect for beginners and hiking pros alike, with options ranging from shorter to longer walks. The one kilometre circuit takes you to the Natural Bridge and back through rainforest. The waterfall is home to protected glow worms though, so don’t take a dip or you’ll give them a fright.

Purlingbrook Falls

Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is also home to Purlingbrook Falls which can be reached via a four kilometre circuit. Traipse through open Eucalyptus forest as you make your way to the bottom of the gorge and view the falls from the bottom. Plus, if you’re up for an extra stroll, you can keep on trekking down the Warringa Pool track for about six kilometres through rainforest to find arguably the best swimming spot in the national park. But shh, it’s a secret!

Coomera Falls

Lamington National Park

This is an easy track to walk with a pretty special reward at the end: the Coomera Falls. While there isn’t direct access to the falls, you can still get a pretty epic view. The walk is pretty spectacular as it cuts around Coomera Gorge and the Hinterland. The total walk is around 20 kilometres, but we suggest just tackling a section that covers the falls if you’re short on time.  

Morans Falls

Lamington National Park

The track to Morans Falls starts just before you get to O’Reilys—life hack: stay at O’Reilys and explore the national park with all the time in the world!—and is clearly marked so it’s pretty perfect for beginners. Keep following the track beyond the first look out and check out the jaw-dropping view across the gorge. This is one place you don’t want to miss.

Box Log And Elebana Falls

Lamington National Park

The Box Log Falls walk is a bit of mission, be warned—but, it’s totally worth it. Take the Box Forest Circuit and follow the signs to Elebana Falls. This track is home to a few waterfalls (Bunyip Falls and Nugurun Falls are the first of many). Make sure you stick to the signs and keep around a half day free for this one. It’s like the tour de waterfall!

Curtis Falls

Mount Tamborine

Curtis Falls have their very own track, so you know this will be a walk in the park (soz not soz for the pun). This waterfall forms at the headland of Cedar Creek and is a pretty spectacular water fall, if we’re being honest. The rock pools at the base are also home to glow worms too, so don’t go scaring them by diving in! This is the perfect waterfall for a quick day trip.

Twin Falls

Springbrook National Park

Twin Falls are hidden behind Canyon Lookout and around 30 minutes of walking. These pools aren’t too deep so don’t go diving here. You can hang around at the top or the bottom of the falls—the choice is yours. The view here is EPIC, so don’t forget your camera. You’re going to want to hang around to soak in the beauty of this place, trust us.

Currumbin Rock Pools

Currumbin

While not exactly a waterfall, the Currumbin Rock Pools are kind of perfect for hidden swimming spots. There’s rope swings, rocks to jump off, BBQs and grass to laze on as you sit back in your idyllic surrounds. Gold Coast, we love you. It’s fun for the whole family.

Cedar Creek

Mount Tamborine

Cedar Creek is littered with swimming holes and a picturesque waterfall, plus it’s really easy to access. See, the Gold Coast has more to offer than just beaches! Home to a huge rock pool for swimming and a cascading waterfall, this spot is kind of amazing. Don’t miss this one this summer. It will be your new favourite swimming spot.

Need an adventure? Explore the Gold Coast Hinterland and plan your getaway today–VisitGoldCoast.com

Image credit: Brooke Darling 

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