2020: SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK: Best of All Lookout … July

From this website: Springbrook National Park

Dominating the Gold Coast’s western skyline, Springbrook’s cool forests and mountain streams offer views of impressive landscapes, and walks among subtropical and temperate rainforest, open eucalypt forest, and montane heath.

Spectacular waterfalls, cascades and tumbling creeks are dominant features in this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

Springbrook National Park covers 6,558ha and is in four main sections—Springbrook plateau, Mount Cougal to the south east and Natural Bridge and Numinbah to the west. The plateau has many lookouts with fabulous views while Mount Cougal offers an insight into the area’s logging history.

Visit Natural Bridge by day to see a unique waterfall or after dark to discover the park’s amazing glow-worms. While travelling through Numinbah Valley, take in the commanding views of the impressive cliffs that line either side of the valley, this landscape was formed by the Tweed volcano some 23 million years ago.


The sign that says ‘Best of All Lookout’ is a walk of 350 metres. There are rare Antartic Beech Tree

These trees typically grow to 25 m (80 ft) tall and have large trunks to 1 m in diameter with scaly, dark brown bark. The maximum height is about 50 m. The leaves are simple and alternate, growing six centimeters long.[5] The leaf color is dark green, with new growth brilliant red, or orange in spring. The tree is deciduous in its native environment, but only partially deciduous in warmer areas, dropping half its leaves in autumn. The leaves are triangular to oblong with fine teeth along the crenate edges. The plants have separate male and female flowers that occur on the same tree. The flowers are small and form inconspicuous clusters near the leaves towards the end of the branches. The fruit, produced from December to February, is a small woody structure of four prickly valves. Each fruit contains three small winged nuts.

Complicated root structures are frequently exhibited. These roots would once have been soil-covered, but have been exposed over the ages by erosion, and covered in moss and lichen. Many of the trees have multiple trunks emanating from a crown, formed by this root structure. Fires are detrimental to the survival of the Antarctic Beech which, unlike many other Australian plants, is slow to recover from fire.