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The Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park QLD

The Natural BridgeIt is a typical hot Brisbane summer day and you are very tempted to just sit around in the air conditioning avoiding the world sizzling outside. But that doesn’t really appeal to those of us who feel more accomplished when we get outside and explore!

As I have mentioned before, this year I want to make a conscious effort to get outside more and experience some of the beauty just short drive away. Chances are if you live in Brisbane or the Gold Coast you have heard of or already visited The Natural Bridge located in Springbrook National Park. This had been on my long list of places to visit for a while now and a hot summer day seemed perfect for escaping into the rain forest.

The Natural Bridge section of the national park is located about 100km south of Brisbane and is an easy drive down the Pacific Motorway, exiting at Nerang (exit 69) and following the Nerang-Murwillumbah road. As it is a popular destination you will see many signs that will lead you in the right direction. The road is a little winding but the views are spectacular which makes it quite a pleasant day trip.

On the way we chose to make a quick stop at Hinze Dam as my husband and I had not been there either. Hinze Dam is the Gold Coast’s drinking water supply therefore access is restricted to electric and paddle craft only to prevent contamination from petrol powered engines. Next time we will be sure to bring our kayaks!

DSC01152 DSC01153 DSC011621Continuing on through the dense forest we could feel the outside temperature begin to drop. This was a good idea!

We arrived at around 10am which meant we didn’t have a very early Sunday morning but were still able to beat some of the crowds. The actual walking track is very well maintained and runs as a circuit with a few little bits that take you to different vantage points so you can see the waterfall from all angles. With only a few stairs to manage this track is very suitable for most people.

The Natural Bridge Area The Natural Bridge Trees The Natural Bridge RoadOne of my goals this year was to learn how to properly use my camera and take amazing waterfall photographs like I see often on the Visit Gold Coast and Queensland Instagram pages; you know, the ones where the water looks all soft and mystical? While I found it challenging to manage changing elements in nature I had a great time playing around with different settings and was pretty happy with some of the results! It all comes down to practise, so I guess I’ll just have to keep chasing waterfalls…

The Natural Bridge The Natural Bridge 2 The Natural Bridge From Above

What is your favourite waterfall at The Gold Coast?

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie
    February 29, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Awesome pictures! Looks like somewhere I’d like to visit 🙂

    • Reply
      Sally
      February 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks Katie 🙂 This is just one of the amazing places in this area!

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    Alina
    February 29, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Beautiful pictures! I want to get on a plane right now and visit.

    • Reply
      Sally
      February 29, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks Alina!

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    malena penney
    February 29, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I love this place too! So pretty 🙂 I’m hoping to go back one day…

    • Reply
      Sally
      February 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      It is such a beautiful spot, so much to explore! I hope you do get back soon 🙂

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    Dannie
    March 1, 2016 at 4:29 am

    These photos are so so so beautiful! I totally agree that hot days are better spent out exploring. It’s the end of winter where I am so thinking of warm summer days is getting me excited for the warmth that will be coming soon.

    xoxo,
    Dannie
    http://www.stilefotocibo.com

    • Reply
      Sally
      March 1, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Dannie 🙂 We are lucky here in Queensland as our winters are quite mild meaning getting outside is a great option all year round! I hope you make the most of your summer days!

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    footnotes and finds
    March 1, 2016 at 4:55 am

    beautiful photos!

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com

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    Clare Speer
    March 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Wow wow – you captured the beauty by your lovely pictures – I sure wish I was there right about now!

    • Reply
      Sally
      March 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Clare 🙂

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