Waterfall Creek Loop

4 h to 6 h

12.7 km
circuit

↑ 452 m
↓ -452 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park off Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley, this circuit walk takes you into the woodland of Springbrook National Park, crossing the Waterfall Creek multiple times along the way. Enjoy this tranquil hike along a beautiful creek as you disconnect from the thrum of modern life. The tracks are mostly undulating and quiet as the walk is a bit secluded relative to the other ones nearby. You’ll cross the creek multiple times, but as long as the water level is normal, your feet will stay dry. On the other hand, the creek becomes stronger and forms little waterfalls in a couple of spots after some decent rainfall, This can lead to slippery footing and getting a bit wet, but the gorgeous scenery might just be worth it. Avoid peak hours to minimize the road noise. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Waterfall Creek Break & Nerang Murwillumbah Road (-28.1136384,153.2403609)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to then drive for 490 m
  • Turn left onto Gilston Road and drive for another 1.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gilston Road, 40 and drive for another 750 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gilston Road, 40 and drive for another 1.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gilston Road, 40 and drive for another 340 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gilston Road, 40 and drive for another 450 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Gilston Road, 40 and drive for another 325 m
  • Keep right onto Latimers Crossing Road and drive for another 3.2 km
  • Turn left onto Nerang - Murwillumbah Road, 97 and drive for another 13.8 km
  • Turn left onto Waterfall Creek Break and drive for another 3 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park off Nerang Murwillumbah Road(just south of intersection with Pine Creek Road), head towards the wide dirt fire trail along the car park, moving directly away from Nerang Murwillumbah Road. Follow the said trail(Waterfall Creek Break) as it meanders into the woodland and crosses the creek to continue along Waterfall Creek Loop(clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Waterfall Creek Break & Nerang Murwillumbah Road Start heading along Waterfall Creek Break (a vehicle track).
After another 500 m continue straight, to head along Waterfall Creek Break.
After another 270 m (at the intersection of Waterfall Creek Break & Maynards Break) continue straight, to head along Waterfall Creek Break.
After another 440 m cross the ford.
After another 285 m cross the ford.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Waterfall Creek Break & Torana Break) turn right, to head along Waterfall Creek Break.
After another 1 km cross the ford.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Waterfall Creek Break & Loop Break) veer left, to head along Waterfall Creek Break.
After another 800 m (at the intersection of Red Hill Break & Waterfall Creek Break) veer left, to head along Waterfall Creek Break.
After another 160 m (at the intersection of Waterfall Creek Break & Loop Break) continue straight, to head along Waterfall Creek Break.
After another 960 m (at the intersection of Waterfall Creek Break & Yauns Break) continue straight, to head along Waterfall Creek Break.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Waterfall Creek Break) turn right, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 840 m climb over the stile.
At the intersection of Chesters Road & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk veer right, to head along Chesters Road (a vehicle track).
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Chesters Road & School House Break) continue straight, to head along Chesters Road.
After another 140 m (at the intersection of Yauns Break & Chesters Road) continue straight, to head along Chesters Road.
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Chesters Road & Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk (a vehicle track).
After another 330 m (at the intersection of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk & Yauns Break) turn right, to head along Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
After another 1.2 km pass the toilet (100 m on your left).
Turn sharp right.
After another 630 m turn right, to head along Chesters Road.
After another 760 m (at the intersection of Chesters Road & Red Hill Break) continue straight, to head along Red Hill Break (a vehicle track).
After another 800 m (at the intersection of Red Hill Break & Tagablum Break) turn left, to head along Tagablum Break.
After another 2.1 km continue straight.
After another 245 m turn right, to head along Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
After another 335 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Waterfall Creek Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 12.7 km
Time 4 h to 6 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 7.9 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
7.9 km[toilet]
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