Natural Bridge Springbrook, also referred to as Natural Arch Springbrook, is one of the most iconic attractions on the Gold Coast which can be discovered via an easy walking trail known as Natural Bridge Circuit.
Located at the top of Springbrook Mountain on the Numinbah Valley side, Natural Bridge Springbrook is an awe-inspiring waterfall and glow worm cave that is not to be missed when visiting Springbrook National Park.
In this guide, I have included useful information on how to get to Springbrook Natural Bridge, the best time to visit, and what to expect on the Natural Bridge Circuit trail.
Also, at the bottom of this post, you will find my recommendations on where to stay on the Gold Coast, a list of fun-fuelled Gold Coast tours, and links to more of my Gold Coast travel guides that you might like to check out!
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WHERE IS NATURAL BRIDGE SPRINGBROOK?
Natural Arch Springbrook is located in the hinterland region of the Gold Coast in Springbrook National Park, and it’s easily accessible from Numinbah Valley.
From the main tourist hub on the Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise) it’s approximately a 1-hour drive to reach Springbrook National Park.
If you are coming from the south end of the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) the journey time also takes around 1-hour.
HOW TO GET HERE
There is no public transport to access Springbrook National Park so you will need to have your own vehicle to make the drive up to Natural Bridge Springbrook.
The road leading out to Springbrook and Numinbah Valley is unbelievably scenic with a few lookout points along the way that are clearly signposted and worthy of stopping at to take a quick photo.
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Springbrook Natural Arch
The iconic Natural Bridge
BEST TIME TO VISIT NATURAL BRIDGE GOLD COAST
Natural Bridge Gold Coast is quite a popular tourist attraction and it can get quite busy on the weekends. If you can time your visit for a weekday, you will get to enjoy it with fewer people.
The best time to visit is between 8 am and 12 pm for the best lighting from the sun.
If you’re not a morning person, you can still visit Natural Arch Springbrook at any time during the day, just make sure to allow yourself enough time if you wish to complete the Natural Bridge Circuit which takes up to 1-hour.
BEST TIME TO VISIT GLOW WORMS SPRINGBROOK
If you weren’t already aware, Natural Bridge plays home to the largest known Glow Worm habitat in South East Queensland!
The best time to visit the Natural Bridge Glow Worms is at night time when the sun goes down and the luminescent worms glow in the darkness.
You can book a tour to see the Springbrook Glow Worms with Klook and the tour includes a hotel pick-up at 6:30 pm, transport to Natural Bridge, a guided night walk, and tour of the glow worm cave, and a hotel drop-off at 9:30 pm.
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Natural Bridge in Springbrook
ARRIVING AT NATURAL BRIDGE SPRINGBROOK
When you arrive, you’ll find a large parking lot with dozens of free parking spaces available.
There are also toilet amenities and picnic areas next to the car park that you can make use of before and after your Springbrook Natural Arch adventure.
From the parking lot, the way to the trailhead is clearly signposted so you can’t get lost.
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The parking lot
The trailhead to Natural Bridge Springbrook
NATURAL BRIDGE CIRCUIT TRAIL
The Natural Bridge Circuit is an easy 1km walking trail with a combination of wooden boardwalks, bridges, stairs and concrete pathways that will lead you through the lush Gondwana Rainforest and down into the cave at Springbrook Natural Bridge.
The Natural Bridge Circuit should take you no more than 1 hour to complete from start to finish and I recommend walking in a clockwise direction.
There are some fun obstacles on the way down that you will encounter such as hanging tree vines, flowing streams, viewpoints, and bridge crossings.
Natural Bridge Circuit
The way down to Natural Bridge Gold Coast
Follow the signs
Creek crossing on the Natural Bridge Circuit
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SPRINGBROOK NATURAL BRIDGE
The Natural Bridge Circuit trail will lead you right into the cave beneath the arched rock formation which has been carved out by the force of the waterfall.
There are two viewing platforms at the base, one is positioned further back from the falls on the edge of the stream and the other viewing platform is located inside the cave itself where you are able to get a closer look at the waterfall.
When you first lay eyes on Natural Arch it’s easy to see how its name came about. The waterfall flows through a hole in the roof of the basalt cave, creating a natural bridge formed out of rock.
Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible to go swimming at this location in order to protect the natural habitat in the area and for your own safety. Rangers patrol the area and if you are caught swimming at Natural Bridge Gold Coast you can be fined up to $350.
Apart from marveling at the unique natural bridge and curtain-like falls, you can go for a wander around in the glow worm cave, though unfortunately, you won’t be able to see their luminescent glow during the daytime.
If you want to see the glow worms Springbrook in their full form, it’s best to book a nighttime tour or simply go on a DIY tour of the Natural Bridge glow worms.
Natural Bridge glow worm cave
Curtain-like falls at Springbrook Natural Arch
SPRINGBROOK NATURAL BRIDGE VIEWPOINTS
Once you’ve enjoyed your time down at the base of the falls, continue clockwise on the Natural Bridge Circuit trail, up the stairs, and along the pathway which emerges at a viewpoint situated on top of the natural bridge.
From here you can get another cool sight of Natural Bridge from a higher perspective. You can see a running stream that flows through the valley and down into the naturally carved out hole in the basalt rock.
There is also another viewing platform on the opposite side of the valley which can be reached by following the pathway across the bridge at the top of the stream and down some stairs on the other side.
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One of the viewpoints
Rockpools at the top of the valley
Wooden bridge at the top of the stream
Another viewpoint at Natural Bridge Gold Coast
Cool perspective of the falls
OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN SPRINGBROOK
Don’t end the adventure here at the Natural Bridge as there are many more adventures to be had during your visit to Springbrook on the Gold Coast.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SPRINGBROOK
There are dozens of accommodations in Springbrook to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations in Springbrook below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: THE SANCTUARY
MID-RANGE: SPRINGBROOK MOUNTAIN CHALETS
BUDGET: DANCING WATERS COTTAGE
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF NATURAL ARCH GOLD COAST
I have visited many waterfalls on the Gold Coast and this one takes the cake for being the most unique! It’s a location that’s definitely not to be missed on your Gold Coast itinerary!
If you are planning to spend an entire day exploring Springbrook National Park, I recommend pre-packing a lunch and plenty of drinking water before heading up the mountain. There are a few cafes and convenience stores in Springbrook though they can be quite expensive, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
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