GOLD COAST – Natural Bridge
We did a day trip to the beautiful and unique Natural Bridge in the Gold Coast Hinterland, in Springbrook National Park which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia’s World Heritage Area.
Only a half hour drive from Nerang (about 50 mins from Surfers Paradise and about 1 ½ hours from Brisbane) many locals refer to it as Natural Arch but it is now officially known as Natural Bridge.
The Natural Bridge is a wonder. It is a beautiful arched cave formation where a shimmering waterfall plunges from above. Swimming is prohibited.
It is an easy well maintained 1km paved circuit, through lush rainforest of the Numinbah Valley suitable for all ages, it is not wheelchair or pram friendly due to the stairs, however my Husband had no problems with this circuit and he has 2 prosthetic legs. Thankfully the stairs had handrails which made it possible for him. If you go clock wise you will be descending down the stairs, anti clockwise you will be climbing up the stairs. Keep a look out for frogs, goannas, birds, owls, koalas and inside the cave you might even see some bats or eels.
The cave is also home to Glow Worms so if you do this walk at night (make sure you take your torch) you will be in for a stunning sight. In fact, Natural Bridge is home to the largest colony of glow worms in Australia!
There are toilet facilities at Natural Bridge but only at the car park, so you can go before or after the walk.
This is a remarkable natural gem well worth the visit. If you live on the Gold Coast it is a great place to take your visitors.