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Monday, May 18, 2015

Springbrook National Park: revisit in April 2015, Day 2.

One of our greatest pleasures is waking up in a tent as the sun is just beginning to rise. This was our morning view at The Settlement campground, Springbrook National Park. This Buff-banded Rail seemed to like the early mornings to inspect our campsite.

Sunrise from our tent.
Buff-banded Rail
We headed off early to walk the Purling Brook Circuit, a 4 km, Class 3 walk. 

Purling Brook Falls
It isn't long before the decent to the falls starts. We saw several Wonder Brown butterflies perching on the cliff faces. 

Wonder Brown Heteronnympha mirifica, female
At the bottom we passed Tanninaba Falls and got a quick view of Purling Brook Falls before turning away on a detour to Warringa Pool (2 km return). 

Tanninaba Falls
Purling Brook Falls
The walk to Warringa Pool is a beautiful rainforest walk. We saw two pairs of Logrunners scratching around in the undergrowth.

Mind your step, buttress over the trail to Warringa Pool.
Staghorn Ferns Platycerium superbum, native epiphytes
Logrunner, male
A Pale-yellow Robin welcomed us to the pools and was still there when we returned. We were blown away by the colour of its feet and the length of its toes.

Pale-yellow Robin
Warringa Pool is popular with swimmers in the warmer months of the year. This area of the track is part of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk which continues on to Apple Tree Park and beyond after crossing the stream.

Warringa Pool
Cross here to continue on the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk
After having a look around we retraced our steps to Purling Brook Falls.

Purling Brook Falls
We didn't realise until we had returned to the falls that it is no longer possible to walk right under the falls. Of course that was our favourite part of the walk on our previous visits. However, this area was prone to landslips which closed the trail going forward, forcing walkers to retrace their steps and climb back up the hard way. The newly opened trail now leads directly to the suspension bridge and gradually climbs out of the gorge. The suspension bridge is of very solid construction and was quite a challenge to build in such formidable terrain; necessitating the use of helicopters to help with some of the heavy lifting. The bridge is named after the late John Stacey, a local QPWS ranger known for his building projects and work in the area's parks. 

Looking back after crossing the John Stacey Suspension Bridge
On the walk out we came across this beautiful Spotted Pardalote which seemed to be just as interested in us as we were in him.

Spotted Pardalote, male
This Meadow Argus was in a lot better shape than the one we saw yesterday.

Meadow Argus Junonia villida
We soon arrived back at the campsite after an enjoyable morning. 

In the afternoon we took a wander around the campground and discovered that there were quite a few birds about.

Golden Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, White-browed Scrubwren and Brown Thornbill.
Eastern Yellow Robin
Every time we have stayed at The Settlement campground there have been lots of Variegated Fairy-wrens flitting around the campsite.

Variegated Fairy-wren, non-breeding male.
We went for a walk along the roadside to the Springbrook Community Hall. On the way we saw lots of Eastern Whipbirds, a pair of Pale-headed Rosellas and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. There are also lots of Red-browed Finches in the other direction where Carricks Creek and Carricks Road intersect. We heard many frogs there as well.

Springbrook Community Hall.
War Memorial next to the hall.
Vintage milk urns on Springbrook Road.
We enjoyed another clear night sky full of stars and a native animal, which looked like a small type of bandicoot, pottered around our campsite under the cover of darkness.


  1. What a fantastic collection of photos! I love the Pardalote one especially--this was the exact location that I saw my first example of this species! Now you've REALLY got me wanting to go back to this place :)

    1. The Pardalote was so close to us that we had to step back, as we were using a 70-300 lens. I'm sure you would really enjoy a trip to Spring Brook National Park.

  2. Amazing and beautiful photos and all scene capture beautifully. i must admire you really love this place.

  3. Are you a photographer? cause you took a picture of this brilliant places and animals. You really take the moment spending your time taking those picture and you deserve the best. I love it and post more beautiful things here. Review Gold Coast

    1. Thank you Carol.We are not photographers but we do like to take photos of what we see in national parks. We enjoy the memories and hope that we can inspire other people to visit national parks as well.