Springbrook National Park

Warrie means “rushing water” in the local Aboriginal language. The Yugambeh people are the traditional custodian of this land.

Out of all the bush walks I have ever done, the Warrie Circuit is probably one to not underestimate in terms of time recommended to complete it. We did it 3 times (twice in Summer and once in Winter) and I am ranking it amongst my favourite bush walks on the Gold Coast.

 

  • CONVENIENCE: 6/10

  • DIFFICULTY: 7/10  

  • UNIQUENESS: 8/10

HOW TO GET THERE

Beware: Road Closure. Google Maps is not always up-to-date. As of July 2017, the Gold Coast-Springbrook Road via Mudgeeraba has been closed due to flooding and landslides caused by Cyclone Debbie. Springbrook is only accessible via Pine Creek Road.

Parking options: If there is not enough parking space at the Canyon lookout, try the Tallanbana picnic area which is only located 600m away, less crowded and more convenient if you need to go to the toilets before starting the walk.

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DISTANCES

The Warrie circuit is a 17km loop which requires 5 to 6 hours to complete if you walk at a moderate-to-quick pace or is the type to snap photos of every wonder that nature has to offer!

If you start the walk clockwise, be aware that it becomes steep quickly as you walk down into the valley. Conversely, if you start the walk counterclockwise, the gradient is not as steep and the track is more exposed to the sun.

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Some of the steps are quite steep as they are large or tall

What’s special about the Warrie Circuit

WATERFALLS, WATERFALLS, WATERFALLS

The Warrie Circuit rewards you with 9 waterfalls. You can walk through them, under them, through them, above them or you can listen to them.

My favourite is Rainbow Falls – it really lives up to its name.

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Walking behind Rainbow Falls

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More waterfalls from a distance

FAUNA

The first time we attempted the Warrie Circuit,  only 30 minutes into the walk we stumbled upon a diamond python. It seemed pretty unbothered by our presence. The best thing we could do was to keep our calm, wait patiently so it can move on the other of the track then disappear into the rain forest.

 

 

THE LOOKOUTS

As we walk alongside the cliff, we are presented many opportunities to see the Gold Coast skyline. On a clear day, we can even see the ocean.

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Whenever I stare at the horizon, it reminds me of the immensity and beauty of this country… How fortunate we are.

 

BONUS

When I first attempted the Warrie Circuit, I could not stop wishing there was more on site documentation available to the public about the spiritual meaning of this pristine place. I was craving to know more about the waterfalls, the creeks and their significance for the Yugambeh people.

At the end of the walk (clockwise), I was delighted to see an old interpretive signage from the Queensland Forest Service which displays the translation of local Aboriginal words into English.

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Poonyahra means “beautiful” for the Yugambeh people. It’s the name of 1 of the 9 waterfalls on the Warrie circuit.

This year’s NAIDOC theme “Our Languages Matter” aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in Australia. Many place names for suburbs, rivers, mountains and national parks are Indigenous language words. I think it is important for everyone in the Australian society to acknowledge their importance. I am a strong supporter of reinstating Indigenous name for places.

Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia by Colin Yallop is a book I would recommend to anyone who wants to know more about this topic. You can order it online here.