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It’s known for its rainforest hikes and sprawling views, but there’s a lot more to discover in this hinterland oasis.

Eat
Seeing as this suburb is almost entirely set upon a mountainside, it isn’t exactly teeming with spots to grab a fancy dinner or embark on a pub crawl. Luckily, the food options that are available to you are both delicious, so you definitely won’t feel like you’re missing out. Dancing Waters Café offers light lunches and delicious morning teas to help sustain you on your day out. Made with love from locally-sourced ingredients, Dancing Waters Café is one of the best places to get an authentic Springbrook feed. Another similar spot is Polly’s Country Kitchen, which offers a menu bursting with simple, quality goodness and even better coffee. And, if you’re after a sweet treat, The Fudge Shop Springbrook is always, always worth a detour.

Stay
It may only be a 45-minute drive inland from the Gold Coast’s beachside suburbs, but Springbrook makes for the perfect weekend getaway destination. If you’re a keen camper, Springbrook National Park has its own camping grounds that appeal to everyone from lone explorers to families with their well-kept facilities and private sites. Those who are after something a little more up market will love the many chalet and retreat options available in the Springbrook area – the Eagle’s Nest Cottage, Mouse’s House and the Springbrook Mountain Chalets are just a few of our top picks. Or, if you’ve got a large family or group of friends, Whipbirds Calling by the Falls has everything you need for the ultimate mountain getaway.

Explore
Springbrook may be a trendy Instagram spot these days, but its origins date way back to an ancient volcanic eruption around 23 million years ago – which might explain some of the weird and wonderful things you can find in the area. Whether it’s glow worm caves at Natural Bridge, perilous plants like strangler figs and massive vines, gigantic boulders and more rare bird and plant species than you could spot in one day, there is always something new awaiting you on the rainforest floor at Springbrook National Park. Or, you can see it all from above at one of the many lookouts in the national park. We’re not sure why, but we think Best of All Lookout is one you should probably check out. Whether you’re keen to hike, swim or simply soak up the serenity, there’s always an excuse to head up the mountain.

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