"Don't miss Springbrook National Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Murwillumbah Off The Beaten Path Tip by tiabunna

Murwillumbah Off The Beaten Path: 5 reviews and 13 photos

  Natural Arch, Springbrook
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      Natural Arch, Springbrook
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      Natural Arch, Springbrook
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      Down she goes!
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The Springbrook National Park covers a large expanse of rugged country to the east of the road, on the Queensland (northern) side of the state border. It probably deserves a VT page in its own right but for the moment let’s just focus on the western public entrance to it, a short distance after you cross into Queensland. Here, a short walk takes you to an interesting formation which I’d always known as Natural Arch, but which in some publications now is called Natural Bridge. Same place.

Here the creek (sadly, now much reduced by the drought) has carved a cavern in the basalt rock behind a waterfall. Then, it has found a way to drill a hole through the roof of the cavern, so the creek now has a waterfall heading into a small cave. Interesting and different!

Photo 1 shows the overall scene, with the waterfall seen inside the cavern. Photo 2 is a close-up (you can enter the cave), while Photo 3 shows the creek making its subterranean leap. What a pity there wasn’t more water!

Back to route instructions. Once you leave the National Park, the road is well signposted to Nerang, where you rejoin the freeway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2006
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