About Goomoolahra Falls
Goomoolahra Falls (or Bilborough’s Falls) was one of those look-but-don’t-touch type waterfalls that we took the time to visit as we extended our time in Springbrook National Park after having visited both Natural Bridge and Purling Brook Falls. After going on a short 200m walking track, we ended up at a viewing platform yielding an obstructed view of the falls (see photo at the top of this page) as well as nice panoramas lookout outwards towards the coastal regions of the Gold Coast in Queensland’s southeast. We couldn’t find a way to get to the bottom of this tall but rather light-flowing falls from the picnic areas near the car park so the overlook was the only way we experienced the falls.
Julie and I remembered this waterfall vividly because the picnic area and car park for it was full. The reason why was that our visit just so happened to be on Mother’s Day weekend, and it turned out that most of the commotion was for the M-fest (a festival that celebrated Motherhood), which took place in one of the properties directly opposite the walking track and picnic area for the falls.
Goomoolahra Falls is further along the Springbrook Road than Purling Brook Falls (see directions on its page for how to get there). From Purling Brook Falls, we then continued south on the Springbrook Road (Route 99) for another 6km to the car park for the falls and picnic area.
Note that 3km south of Purling Brook Falls along Route 99, there was a turnoff on the right to go onto Repeater Station Rd. At nearly 4km along this spur road, we ended up at the so-called Best-of-all Lookouts, which afforded us expansive panoramic views across the border at New South Wales as well as eastwards towards the Pacific Ocean.
For context, Gold Coast was 78km (about an hour drive) south of Brisbane and 94km (over an hour drive) north of Byron Bay. We actually stayed in Surfers Paradise, which was a resorty area by the beach within the Gold Coast.
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