There are many ways in which to be surprised in the bush. There are good ways and not so good ways. All of them, however, combine to help create the lasting memories which stay with us long after we finish a trip or walk. Last week, Maree and I did the Twin Falls Circuit at Springbrook N.P. and going by this measure, we are sure to remember this walk for a long time.
Springbrook is one of those places that has flown under my radar for some time. Apart from the Great Walk and the Purling Brook Falls track, I had never looked into many of the other tracks in the area. I admit that whenever heading to the Gold Coast Hinterland, I have always given preference to Lamington N.P. However, some recent posts on followed blogs (such as this one on Mildly Extreme), and the desire to checkout some waterfalls after the recent rain turned my attention back to Springbrook.
The first surprise was found the minute we stepped out of the car at Canyon Lookout. The view across to the long line of cliffs, despite being partially shrouded by mist, was enchanting.
Beyond this, they came thick and fast. The track headed through beautiful bushland and skirted around the top of cliffs. We passed another couple of lookouts before reaching a walkway across the top of Twin Falls.
At this point the rain started (this one wasn’t a surprise). Despite limiting the photo opportunities, this only added to the ambiance.
After following the top of the cliffs a short distance, the track found a break in the rock to zig-zag down via some ramps and steps to beneath the cool rainforest canopy. At the first track junction we chose to make a worthy detour out and back to Rainbow Falls.
The track continued on to the full Warrie Circuit from here. We chose to head back the way we’d come and finish off the shorter walk this day. The walking was easy, with a few slippery rocks the only hazard of note.
Once back on the circuit we passed under huge boulders, large rocky overhangs and walked under or near three more waterfalls as the path hugged the base of the same cliffs we were above minutes before. To quote Cornetto: “No Boring Bits”.
The final pleasant surprise was that somehow the route back to the top of the cliffs wasn’t as steep as expected. Not that you’d notice if it was, due to the beautiful lush vegetation and bright new growth distracting your gaze and keeping your mind busy with things other than plonking one foot in front of the other.
At only 4KM, this is definitely one of the best short day walks I’ve done in South-East Queensland and highly recommended. Get out there and surprise yourself.
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