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Springbrook National Park, Nr Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Warringa Pool is an incredibly peaceful swimming hole sheltered deep in a rainforested gully. There is a small plunge pool higher up which flows out over the rocks and into a deeper pool of about 10m in diameter and plenty deep enough for a proper swim. Stunningly verdant views up and down the valley give a lush deep jungle-like feeling to this spot. The extra effort of continuing past the more popular pool at the bottom of Purling Brook Falls will be rewarded with a more secluded and truly special wild swimming experience.
How To Get There: From the Settlement day-use area in Springbrook National Park, take the path to the Purling Brook Falls lookout. There is a small pool suitable for a quick dip about 500m along this trail but the top of the falls itself is not accessible. After looking out over the incredible needle-like falls, continue on the Purling Brook Falls loop walk which will bring you down to a beautiful deep pool approximately 15m in diameter at the bottom of the falls. The rocks are extremely slippery. From here continue on another 2km loop to Warringa Pool, the least accessible but more rewarding of the two pools.
Difficulty of access: 5/10 – A well-maintained trail means that this spot is easy to find, however it is a longer walk with plenty of ups and downs.
Opening Times/Seasons: All day/All Year
Entrance Fee: Free
Facilities Nearby: The Settlement campground boasts some of the most well-maintained and pleasant bush toilets we have experienced!
Other Activities: There is lots of hiking in the surrounding national park.
Other Places of Interest Nearby: Natural Bridge is a huge basalt archway 30km from the town of Springbrook at the south-western edge of the national park. The deep cavern, formed by water eroding the rock over millions of years, provides the perfect environment for Australia’s largest colony of glow worms. Don’t miss the chance to view the night sky through powerful telescopes at the Springbrook Observatory, which is open for tours daily by appointment. The Gold Coast with its famous surf breaks is only 45 minutes drive away.
Wildlife: Land mullet and a huge variety of small birds.
Places to Eat: Try the licensed Scuttlebutt Cafe on Springbrook Road for homemade food to sit down and enjoy or take with you on the go. Or Rosella’s, right next to the Canyon Lookout, for country-style cooking with a B&B on site.
Where to Camp: The only campsite in the Springbrook National Park is the Settlement camping area which has 12 camping spots, some of which are suitable for camper-trailers. Each one is nestled in its own semi-private area of bush with flat parking and grassy tent pitch. The hybrid drop toilets are among the most pleasant we have found. Alternatively, Numunbah Valley Adventure Trails offer the opportunity to camp in the Numinbah Valley as well as horseback tours of a working cattle ranch.
Other places to Stay: The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat offers charming luxury chalets in an incredible natural location with its own spring-fed plunge pool, sauna and hot tub on site. Springbrook Mountain Chalets are a quirky collection of chalets deep in the woods some of which have spa baths, jacuzzis and/or fireplaces meaning that both options are perfect places to warm up after a refreshing dip, especially in the cooler months.
Nearby Towns: Springbrook, Gold Coast, Surfer’s Paradise, Coolangatta.
Other Swimming Spots Nearby: Purling Brook Falls