Springbrook is a mighty impressive mountain within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia just an hour’s drive from the glittery Gold Coast. However unlike the big GC, Springbrook has resisted the temptation to cash in on flashy commercialism and still retains its mountain country charm. A small hippy-esque village connects the mountain to the modern world below and provides a base for campers to re-stock supplies.
On the mountain, happy little campers can relax in the heart of protected rainforest, wonder at the stars glimmering in the clear sky from an observatory and visit a nearby colony of glow-worms.
One of several breathtaking rainforest walks will lead you to ancient antarctic beech trees believed to be over 2000 years old. Another will take you to one of Australia’s tallest waterfalls, the jawdropping Purling Brook falls.
“The Settlement” campsite has toilets and free electric barbeque areas, but no showers and no open fires are allowed.
Access: All vehicles
Best time of year: Any time however temperatures can reach zero and below during winter
Best bit: Breathtaking views and rainforest walks