The Natural Bridge - Springbrook National Park

This stunning Natural Bridge site was formed millions of years ago, as the river gradually eroded the basalt rock at the top of a massive cave, resulting in a waterfall cascading through its ceiling.

Michael Ellem from Offroad Images
Michael Ellem
Mar 11 2024

The Natural Bridge, located on the western side of Springbrook National Park, is a breathtaking spot to pause and appreciate.

While journeying north on the inland roads, exploring some of the quaint towns en route to Moreton Island, my wife and I stumbled upon a reference to the Natural Bridge. I initially recalled it being called the Natural Arch. Since my last visit there was during my childhood, we decided to include it in our trip itinerary to see how it had changed over the years.

Situated within a stunning rainforest wilderness just 100 kilometers southwest of Brisbane, the Natural Bridge is nestled along the Nerang Murwillumbah road at the end of Bakers Road. It's also conveniently close to the captivating Mount Tamborine and the picturesque scenic rim, both of which are definitely worth a visit.

This stunning Natural Bridge site was formed millions of years ago, as the river gradually eroded the basalt rock at the top of a massive cave, resulting in a waterfall cascading through its ceiling. The beauty of the site is simply breathtaking, and efforts by parks authorities over the years have significantly improved access.

The walking trail isn't particularly challenging and is thoughtfully designed with sturdy railings, bridges, and steps. However, it's worth noting that the steps can become slippery at times, so it's advisable to wear appropriate footwear for added safety.

I must admit, this is a remarkable location with fantastic features and facilities. Not only has the name changed, but access to the site is also a little different now. The area you see here, with the beach on the lower right, used to be a popular spot for swimming many years ago.

The issue arose because people accessed the location in various ways, including jumping through the falls. To address this, a sign has been installed indicating no swimming. Additionally, the sign provides details on alternative swimming spots a few kilometers away.

The restricted access is simply aimed at reducing the risk of injuries to individuals engaging in inappropriate activities, which does make sense. I vividly recall the daring adventures we embarked on, jumping through that waterfall many years ago.

The cave site is home to glow worms and can be accessed at night. I believe it would be worth experiencing, so perhaps consider planning to stay at nearby accommodation or campgrounds and make an evening of it.

We often make stops at waterfalls and short walks like this one, but typically, after a bit of rainfall, you'll find yourself quite muddy upon your return. However, this walkway has been thoughtfully designed to ensure easy access for visitors, with incredible staircases and railings guiding you around the site. As you explore, you'll be treated to views of the lush green canopy overhead and all around you.

The tree canopy is absolutely vibrant, with lush greenery stretching towards the sky in a breathtaking display. Some of these trees are massive and appear to have been strategically planted, perhaps to help stabilize the landscape against erosion. It's mesmerizing to observe the interplay between different species, with some supporting others high above. You could easily lose track of time just admiring these majestic trees.

The carpark and facilities are meticulously arranged to accommodate crowds, indicating that this place likely gets busy. However, the boardwalk and viewing platform are exceptionally well-designed to facilitate the enjoyment of many visitors simultaneously. They provide ample space for everyone to take in the sights comfortably.

If you're traveling through Queensland, consider taking a different route and exploring what the Natural Bridge and its surrounding areas have to offer. It's definitely worth the detour to experience the beauty and wonders of this stunning natural attraction.

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Michael Ellem
Michael Ellem is a long term friend of the Club 4X4 Insurance and voice of The Campfire. He is also an expert adventure, 4X4 photographer from the renowned Offroad Images and has over 20 years experience in the industry.