15 Waterfalls in Gold Coast You Must Visit!
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Natural Bridge, Cedar Creek Falls, Morans Falls, Twin Falls, Cougal Cascades, Curtis Falls, Purling Brook Falls, Elabana & Box Log Falls, Coomera & Yarrabilgong Falls, Mirror Falls, Goomoolahra Falls, Gorge Falls, Lip Falls, Stairway Falls, Denham Falls and many more.

Gold Coast is one of the most beautiful regions of Queesland and is home to some of the best natural attractions. Apart from its famous beaches, museums, parks and restaurants, there are a plethora of amazing waterfalls in Gold Coast. From the scenic Morans Falls in lamington National park to the cascade falls of Cougal, Gold Coast has it all. Also visit other famous Gold Coast waterfalls like the Twin Falls and Curtis Falls, which are known among people to be some of the most serene places on Earth. Take the Box Forest Trail to come across four scenic falls -  Box Log Falls, Elabana Falls, Nugurin Falls and the Darragumai Falls.

For the best family-friendly waterfalls, take the trail and drive Gorge Falls or the Mirror Falls. These falls have some of the most scenic views, and offer the best experience for families. Lastly, don’t miss out on other ones like the Coomera Falls, Yarrabilgong, Stairway Falls and the Goomoolahra Falls.

Here is the list of some of the waterfalls in Gold Coast:

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In the western part of the Springbrook National Park, Natural Bridge is a heavenly cave-like rock formation created by the waterfall over the basalt cave. This attraction offers an excellent opportunity for tourists to encounter green catbirds, paradise riflebirds, wompoo fruit-doves, and other endangered species of koalas, tusked frogs, sooty owls, and cascade tree frogs

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Morans Falls, Lamington National Park

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Located in the UNESCO-listed Gondwana Rainforests in the Lamington National Park, Morans Falls is definitely one of the most elegant waterfalls in the Gold Coast. It is an awesome plunge waterfall, flowing like milky waters in an amazing set of fresh green and rugged landscapes.

 It is one of the best places to sit and relax with your partner, friends, or family and lay out a picnic. It can be accessed easily and to reach it you will have to take the 4.6 km trail and bush walk your way to the fall. To enter the walking trail, you will have to start at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat.

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Tamborine Mountain is the perfect escape from the heat of the Gold Coast and this picturesque mountain destination is popularly known as the "Green behind the Gold". This enchanting mountain village is located on a mountain plateau and it is surrounded by evergreen rainforests and cascading waterfalls. Tamborine Mountain is a great place to explore nature, indulge in some locally made wine, beer or gin while you enjoy the mesmerizing sunsets.

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Purling Brook Falls is a waterfall in the Springbrook National Park known for its unique structure and natural value. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose name has been derived from the gurgling sound of the water that rushes down the pool. On your visit to the attraction, visitors can indulge in hiking and trekking activities and explore the other places around the tourist interest.

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Twin Falls, Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is an amazing place to come across the most beautiful waterfalls in Gold Coast that you could ever imagine. You will have to use the Twin Falls circuit and walk your way upto the park to reach the waterfalls. The waterfalls have two closely located yet distinct paths, and the sight of the water falling across the greenery and the rocks is simply appealing.

There is also a little pool at the feet of the waterfall where you can spend amazing moments. It is an awesome spot for picnics and there are also a few cafes and eating areas on the way to the falls.

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Cougal Cascades, Currumbin Valley

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The Cougal Cascades is an amazing natural waterfall in the Currumbin Valley, located a few kilometres from the Currumbin Beach. Walk along the amazing walkway along the Currumbin creek to be greeted with splendid views of the small plunging waterfall. The walking trail is paved and easily accessible, and you’ll also find a few picin and eating spots on your way.

There is also an old sawmill dating back to a few hundred years ago, that you can visit to get a glimpse into the working of past mills. Also take the 100 m route to reach the amazing swimming hole and enjoy it in an amazing natural setting. 

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Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park

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The Tamborine National Park houses a number of beautiful Gold Coast waterfalls, and visiting it will make you feel as if you have landed in some other world. Take the challenging Curtis Falls circuit, and rejoice as you walk between an amazing eucalyptus forest. Also Come across an amazing number of exotic plant and bird species.

To get the most intoxicating views in the place, make sure to arrive early in the morning. During the normal season, the falls may be gentle in their flow, but with rain, its speed increases. Although the pool is closed, go near the rock pool where you’ll find a number of fish species, and also cute turtles lazing around. 


Elabana & Box Log Falls, Lamington National Park

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Start your hiking or bush walking expedition on the Box Forest Circuit, and come across a number of waterfalls in Gold Coast like the Box Log Falls, Elabana Falls, Nugurin Falls and the Darragumai Falls. Arrive at the Box Log Falls in the Scenic Rim Regions of Lamington National Park to be rewarded with beautiful natural landscape.

Also visit the cascade waterfall of Elabana Falls, and find an amazing place to unwind and relax for the day. Lastly, on your way back on the circuit, take the chance and swim in the waterhole of Picnic Rock.

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Coomera & Yarrabilgong Falls, Lamington National Park

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Located on the upper region of the Coomera River, the Coomera Falls in the Lamington National Park is one of the most appealing waterfalls in Gold Coast. Take all the required equipment and set off on a bushwalking expedition to the Coomera Falls Circuit along the Binna Burra.

The walking experience is simply amazing, and you’ll come across a number of never-seen-before bird species on your way. Arrive at the vantage point and admire the amazing scenery of the cascading waters down into a beautiful pool. Also visit the Yarrabilgong Falls, which is located in its vicinity and spend a while gazing at its scenery.

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Mirror Falls,Lamington National Park

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Another great waterfall among the top in the Lamington National Park, the beauty of Mirror Falls is simply stunning. Take the incredible 20 km hiking and bushwalking expeditions on the Albert River circuit to be rewarded with pleasant views of the Mirror Falls in Lamington National Park.

Walk a short distance to reach the vantage point from where you'll get amazing glimpses of the Mirror Falls with its stunning beauty. It is a family friendly place and your kids will definitely love it.

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Goomoolahra Falls, Springbrook National Park

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Located at the end of the famous Springbrook Mountain main road, these falls are among the most magical waterfalls in Gold Coast. It consists of an amazing natural setting with lush green vegetation swaying elegantly with the winds, and the view simply gets better at the time of dusk and dawn.

The Goomoolahra Falls have amazing facilities and amenities for visitors, and a small walk to the vantage point can be highly rewarding. It is a couple and family-friendly spot, and has a number of picnic tables spread around.

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Gorge Falls, Tallebudgera Valley

Walk along the 4km Cream Track starting at Tallebudgera Creek Road to reach the amazing Gorge Falls, one of the best waterfalls in the Gold Coast. Located in the Tallebudgera Valley, one of the best parts of this tour is the bushwalking expedition, where you’ll come across amazing natural wonders like creeks, rivers, and a number of trees and plants.

It is a relatively easy route, and once you reach the Gorge Falls, take click-worthy pictures with stunning natural beauty in the background.

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Lip Falls, Beechmont

Found in the Scenic Rim area of Gold Coast, the Lip Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Gold Coast. It is known for its blissfully secluded ambience, where you can simply loosen up. It is popular for being one of the escapes during the hot summer months, and people come here to cool off themselves.

Go on an expedition down the falls to come across amazing picturesque views of Beechmont gorges and also other falls. It is an amazing place for shutterbugs since you’ll find awestrucking views of the falls and the green landscapes around the falls.

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Stairway Falls, Lamington National Park

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There is nothing more relaxing and appealing to do at Stairway waterfalls in Gold Coast and soaking up the natural morning views. It is located close to the Green Mountains in the park, and is thronged by tourists across the year. The path to it starts from O’Reilly’s Retreat and is rather challenging and a bit of precaution must be taken into account.

Once you reach the viewpoint, sit back and lose yourself while watching the milky waters flowing down from such great heights. It also has an amazing pool, which is generally open and not too crowded with tourists.

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Denham Falls, Beechmont

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Denham Falls is another great fall among the top Gold Coast waterfalls. Surrounded by a plethora of natural beauties like greenery, mountains and amazing rocky formations, this waterfall is simply a hit among bushwalkers and hikers. It has an amazing oasis in the big valley below it, and surrounded by rocky formations as high as 30m and a paradisiacal natural setting.

With its enormous charm and magic, this fall is an amazing spot for shutterbugs to click some amazing pictures. It is easily accessible for people of all ages, although there might be a few places which are slippery and a bit of caution would be needed. 

People Also Ask About Gold Coast

  1. Which are the waterfalls in and near Gold Coast?

    Some of the best waterfalls in Gold Coast are the Purling Brooks Falls, Morans Falls and the Natural Bridge Falls. Known for their tranquil and secluded ambience, these falls are among the top rated attractions in Queensland. You can also visit other Gold Coast waterfalls like the Mirror Falls, Curtis Falls, Coomera Falls and the Lip Falls. On the Box Forest Circuit, come across a number of waterfalls in Gold Coast like the Box Log Falls, Elabana Falls, Doregama Falls and the Nugurin Falls.
  2. What is the best time to visit the Gold Coast waterfalls?

    The best time to visit Gold Coast waterfalls is in the morning hours between 8 am and 12 pm. At this time, the sun shines directly over the waterfalls giving it a shiny look, which makes the whole scenery mystical. Visiting the waterfalls in the spring months of September to November will be the best time, because the temperatures are warm and pleasant for bushwalking and hiking.
  3. Can you swim in the waterfalls of the Gold Coast?

    Due to safety reasons, the swimming areas of the many waterfalls of Gold Coast have been banned. Still, there are a number of waterfall destinations where swimming is allowed like the waters of Twin Falls, Elabana Falls and Purling Brook Falls.
  4. How long of a hike is Cedar Creek Falls?

    The section of Cedar Creek Falls trail is 500 m long, and can be completed in around 15 minutes.
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