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Cougal Cascades

Gold Coast

Springbrook National Park


Distance (kms):

1.5 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

46 m

Max. elevation (m):

179 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 1)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A short but beautiful walk through lush rainforest to a selection of rockpool waterholes, with some amazing waterfalls to view along the way.

The heavily trafficked short walk starts from the car park at the very end of Currumbin Creek Road.

Part of Springbrook National Park, but accessed via a drive through the Currumbin Valley, Cougal Cascades features a number of great waterfalls and countless swimming spots.

The short walk meanders through beautiful rainforest, alongside Currumbin Creek, and is suitable for all ages and abilities, including assisted wheelchairs and families with strollers.

A viewing platform offers great views down onto the cascades. Further along the path, a number of footpads make their way to the creek and rockpools, suitable for those with steady footing and rock scrambling abilities.

At the end of the track is an interesting disused sawmill from the 1940’s.

Track: The path is paved and easy to follow, with railing at various places. There are no steps, meaning the walk is wheelchair accessible, however assistance may be required on some of the slightly steeper sections.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track, returning the way you came.

getting there

The walk is located at the end of Currumbin Creek Road in Currumbin Valley, 1.5 hours drive south of Brisbane.

There is clear signage highlighting the start of the walk from the carpark.

Parking is ample, however the walk can be very busy, especially on weekends, so it can fill up.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

Like all walks involving waterfalls, they are best done after recent rain, however be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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