It’s enchanted, I’m sure of it.
The entrance is cool, and there is a feel of magic in the air. Shadows are dappled with dancing light, making me wonder what sort of secrets the trees could tell. Green is everywhere: textured moss, twisted vines hugging tree trunks and dainty ferns spilling over rocks. Spots of water sit inside rock crevices, roots knot and gnarl at the ground, birds sing. Yes, it’s enchanted alright.
I’m talking about The Best of All Lookout, Springbrook, situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland, about 1 hour from Brisbane. It’s an absolute MUST SEE because there is truly something magical about this place.
The short, easy walk to the lookout (700 metres return) is enchanting! My kids enjoyed stopping to listen for birds and feel moss on the moist rocks along the way. The path takes you past ancient trees, Antarctic Beeches, said to be over 1,000 years old. The track is suitable for all ages, and is completely lined with bitumen.
It really is one of the best lookouts. Breathtaking! On a clear day you can see right out to Mount Warning, Byron Bay and Coolangatta.
- Jumpers. We visited the Best of All Lookout in May, and it was cool. I would imagine it would be chilly in the hotter months too, so bring jumpers.
- Insect and leech repellent. It’s very moist so it’s a good idea to spray on insect and leech repellent. We use Bushman Plus which helps protect from sandflies, mosquitoes, ticks, leeches & march flies.
- Camera. To capture the view!
- There are many different kinds of bird life so bring binoculars and a birdwatching book if you like. We use the Simpson & Day Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.
- Take photos
- Tell stories as you walk
- Look up about Antarctic Beeches on the Internet when you get home
- Have a BBQ at Apple Tree Park, Springbrook
The Springbrook plateau is 29 kilometres from Mudgeeraba, a cute little down just off the Pacific Motorway.