Purling Brook Falls
Purling Brook Falls
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WorldTravla7
Cairns, Australia6,044 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Purling Brook Falls are just spectacular - There’s no two ways about it. I visited as part of a day trip down to Springbrook National Park starting with Natural Bridge & then over to Purling Brook. I had a hearty lunch at Springbrook Cafe (great burgers!) and then set off on the 4km Purling Brook Fall circuit heading clockwise. There’s about 265 steps heading down to the base if the falls through beautiful rainforest. Seeing the towering falls from the valley below is a real thrill. They are big and beautiful and easy to stare at with wonder. Some younguns were swimming at the base but I kept walking over the John Stacey suspension bridge (great views of Purling Brook from here!) and up the other side of the valley to the Eastern lookout. There weren’t many walkers heading up this part as some of the track was closed so you couldn’t circle back;most just walked back the way they came from the falls. I ended up at the Settlement Campground and followed the road back to the cafe where I parked. It rained during the walk too - which I always love as the rainforest loves rain, you can just feel the gratitude of the forest, trees & plants! 10/10
Written 30 September 2023
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,268 contributions
Feb 2023
A huge waterfall over a sheer cliff above a tropical valley. Definitely worth a stop on the way back from Springbrook.
Written 19 February 2023
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Cris H
Pittsburgh, PA450 contributions
Sept 2022
the hike to the bottom was closed and only the west viewing platform was open due to damage from a recent storm. It was still a nice view but not a lot else other than a five minute walk to the viewing platform.
Written 5 October 2022
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639abbie
Canberra, Australia1,109 contributions
Sept 2022 • Friends
This is a grade 3 walk (fairly hard) but worth the effort. The walk suits a fit person but can be challenging for the less fit but still manageable. Do pause and soak in the scenery and environment- don’t just walk as a physical challenge as that would be wasteful. Not much good place to dine or lunch around so prepare.
Written 3 September 2022
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Tiarna Georghiou
Brisbane, Australia158 contributions
July 2021 • Friends
The view from the top of the falls is magical, and even more magical when you get to the bottom and experience the force and size of Purlingbrook Falls! I recommend saving 3 hours to do the hike, as there are a few lovely spots along the way to explore and play at which are all part of the fun! And the falls themselves are incredibly beautiful. It was magic! The hike wasn’t too hard, we did a lot of puffing but it was completely worth it! It was such a wonderful adventure. Definitely do the circuit!
Written 15 August 2021
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Andy
Burleigh Heads, Australia1,240 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
It is a wonderful hike to these awesome falls. Lush rain forest mixed with stunning views. Hot too hard and not to easy. Enjoy...!
Written 7 August 2021
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,809 contributions
Apr 2021
This is a wonderful walk through subtropical rainforest with the falls a commanding centrepiece to the experience. And despite the not-insignificant descent and then ascent, if you follow the instructions and do it in a clockwise direction, it is not overly demanding. Much tougher doing it the other way and coming up those steps, I would say. We completed the walk in about 2 hours 40, but about 40 minutes of that is because we took a wrong turn and ended up at the dead-end at Warringa Pool. That was a nice walk in its own right and we were glad to do it, but it was not our intended path. Some signs at the base of the falls saying this is the track to Warringa Pool and this is the track back up to the parking area would be most helpful. My other concern, a bigger one really, was the huge number of weeds to be seen along the track, including thick stands of lantana. It all suggested the local QLD National Parks Service is seriously underfunded.
Written 24 April 2021
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Patrick and Kira Bromley
Brisbane, Australia92 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Wonderful falls especially after rain.
Great view from the bottom and from the lookout. Picnic spots all around and a few cafes on the street leading up to the falls. Nice walk that’s not a hard one for those who don’t want a hard walk.
Written 12 April 2021
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Deborah K
Caboolture, Australia341 contributions
Feb 2021
Don't just look at these falls from the top - take the walk below and really get a sense of the power and height of these falls. Do the Twin Falls circuit clockwise to minimise the stairs going up. Continue to the Canyon Lookout and beyond to take in Blackfellow Falls - you can walk behind the waterfall which is really cool ! Spectacular after rain !!
Written 21 February 2021
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jimnhelen
Brisbane, Australia2,063 contributions
Jan 2021
Medium level walk particularly when it has or is raining as some walks can be a little steep or uneven however is a very pleasant walk and the falls are fabulous when there has been some rain. You can also take your bathers and have a swim in the pools at bottom of falls....can be a little chilly!.. Lovely rainforest walk. There is parking at the beginning of the walks. Take bug spray although we didnt have any bugs on our walk it is a rainforest. Take water also if a hot day..
Written 5 February 2021
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