Goomoolahra Falls

Springbrook National Park, Queensland, Australia

About Goomoolahra Falls

Hiking Distance: 400m round trip
Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Date first visited: 2008-05-10
Date last visited: 2008-05-10

Waterfall Latitude: -28.22263
Waterfall Longitude: 153.28314

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

I say “extended” because we had visited both Natural Bridge and Purling Brook Falls just prior to Goomoolahra Falls.

Goomoolahra_Falls_009_05092008 - Goomoolahra Falls
Goomoolahra 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 above).

From this same lookout, we also witnessed a nice panoramic view 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 we could only experience this waterfall from the overlook.

Julie and I remembered this waterfall vividly because the picnic area and car park for it was full.

Goomoolahra_Falls_015_05092008 - The panoramic view towards the Gold Coast from near the top of Goomoolahra Falls
The panoramic view towards the Gold Coast from near the top of Goomoolahra Falls

The reason for the amount of activity here was that our visit just so happened to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend.

As a result, it turned out that most of the commotion was for the M-fest (a festival that celebrated Motherhood).

It took place in one of the properties directly opposite the walking track and picnic area for the Goomoolahra Falls.


Goomoolahra Falls resides in the Springbrook National Park near the Gold Coast, Queensland. It is administered by the State of Queensland Department of Environment and Science. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Goomoolahra_Falls_002_05092008 - The start of the short 200m walk to the lookout for Goomoolahra Falls
Goomoolahra_Falls_007_05092008 - Looking out towards the Gold Coast from the lookout for Goomoolahra Falls
Goomoolahra_Falls_014_05092008 - The panoramic view of the left side of the open scenery from the top of Goomoolahra Falls
Goomoolahra_Falls_010_05092008 - The obstructed partial view of Goomoolahra Falls from the lookout
Mfest_001_05092008 - Our visit to Goomoolahra Falls just so happened to have occurred on Mothers Day Weekend, and hence the M-fest, which was right across from the walking track to the falls, was taking place

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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