We started to purling falls, sprinbrook around 9.30am. Of course like everyone else, I let Google maps navigate me to the location. The initial ETA was about an hour and half. Half way through the journey, we came to a hault. The roads were closed. I couldnt reroute from that location as there was no signal in my phone. Luckily, another couple joined us in a few minutes. They had a route map in hand. We were in the sprinbrook road. We had to go back all the way to the Nerang Murwillambah road to take the pine creek road towards Purling falls. Turns out a small part of the springbrook road has been closed for ages.
As we got back to the highway, we headed towards natural bridge, springbrook and then we visited the Purling falls.
The road to Natural bridge was pretty good. Beautiful trees, lush rainforest and chirping birds. I guess that is more than enough to calm your mind. You can find cafes on your way to the Natural Bridge. Just as we crossed a bridge over the pine creek, we saw the Numinbah Valley Environmental Education Centre. You can stop by if you like. The view of the pine creek from the bridge was so soothing. You can see trees amidst the creek.
As we reached Natural bridge, it was drizzling. We started our circuit walk down to the viewing platform. The Natural bridge is home to glow worms. The continuous wet condition of the cave makes it a suitable habitat for them. These little guys glow out of their butts. (No, they are not fire flies). I will tell you more about glow worms in the next section of the blog.
The walk to the viewing platform was lovely. It was drizzling and also the afternoon sun was doing its job, so it wasn't too hot nor too cold.
Before you head towards the bridge, there is a viewing platform that let us see the water flowing into the cave. Beautiful site.
Once you reach the bridge, it might be a little dark and wet down there. (Which makes it a perfect place for the glow worms). But the view is spectacular. You can see the Water flowing right into the cave through the natural bridge.
In our trip, I missed on one good thing about springbrook. It is a very popular location for star gazing. So I would suggest an overnight stay.