Shrouded in Mist – Bliss at Twin Falls Circuit – Springbrook National Park

Tree

Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart
Candy Polgar

Back in January,  I made my first trip to Springbrook National Park, part of the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests Region,  100km south of Brisbane.  Springbrook is a fantastic escape with a variety of walks ranging from a short 300m circuit right up to a challenging 54 km hike. Temperate and subtropical rainforest as well as montane heath and open eucalyptus bushland make up the diversity of this region.

The 17 km full day Warrie hike had been my original plan but since it was closed I opted for a relaxed  wander  along the Twin Falls Circuit with my son and daughter. This class 3, 4 km walk  meanders through subtropical rainforest, passing under and near several waterfalls and  through rock clefts. The suggested time is 2 hours but we did it easily in 90 minutes. For detailed information here is a printable guide and maps.

The mountains were shrouded in mist that day and although this meant our lookout views were obscured,  there was so much to enjoy about this beautiful walk that it didn’t matter. In fact, the mist added to the feeling that we were in a mystical setting from a Tolkien novel. After being used to hot Brisbane summer temperatures, the drop to 20C at Springbrook was a much needed relief. At times the sound of cicadas was deafening, particularly under rock overhangs.

Waterfall

Rocky tunnel

The only down side to the walk was that it was tick season so we needed to  check ourselves regularly and not brush up against plants. The paths are kept well clear of plants though which makes this much less of a risk than in my Tale of Ticks and other Terrors.

After  sweating through  43C (109.4F) yesterday and another scorcher today, reminiscing about this walk is giving  me a temporary escape. It was one of those trips that was just plain fun, and completely devoid of any suffering (apart from taking the wrong road home but that was more about my poor navigational skills.)  It made a nice change from my usual sweat-soaked summer adventures. My memories of this walk are really just a blur of happiness at being immersed in cool green rainforest. I’d even call it blissful. I’ll be heading back there very soon. I’ll let my album tell the story rather than ramble on any further! Click on images for a larger view.

When we need those healing times, there is nothing better than a good long walk. It is amazing how the rhythmic movements of the feet and legs are so intimately attached to cobweb cleaners in the brain. – Anne Wilson Schaef

8 thoughts on “Shrouded in Mist – Bliss at Twin Falls Circuit – Springbrook National Park

    • It is a beautiful spot! Yes, there are many areas to choose from just south of Brisbane. Lamington, Mt Tamborine, Springbrook are all beautiful. Main Range National Park SW of Brisbane and Glasshouse Mountains just north are great too. I particularly love the Byron Bay area in the south also. WA has lots of great walks I want to do. I just wish it wasn’t so far away. 🙂

  1. My, what a beautiful place! I think I could do quite well on those trails!
    The tick-borne malady doesn’t sound very comfortable. Is there a vaccine for it? We have a wealth of spotted ticks here and they carry Lyme disease (which has never gained any traction in my local area and so isn’t a concern) and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which was much feared way back when I was a kid but is largely ignored today. I have been bitten innumerable times with no ill effects.

    • Yes, it is a beautiful spot! I’ll definitely be going back again soon.

      There is no vaccine that I know of to prevent tick borne diseases here but I may well be wrong. I’m not sure that a vaccine could do anything against the effects of paralysis ticks but once again, I am no expert. I hope there is! There are oral and topical preventative treatments that helps repel the ticks but unfortunately the ticks are developing a resistance to it. As for Lyme disease, the topic is a bit controversial here with some saying we have it and others disagreeing. This is a very useful PDF guide to tick borne diseases and prevention in Australia if you want to read further. Apparently some people can develop a sensitivity to eating red(mammalian) meat after a tick bite. It’s certainly very interesting… I try to avoid them whenever I can. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂 http://www.aabr.org.au/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/AABR-Ticks-and-tick-borne-diseases-protecting-yourself1.pdf

    • Thanks, Leah! Yes, in this case there was no need to ramble on. It was simply a beautiful walk and all that is needed in that situation is pics I think. Plus I was feeling lazy! 🙂

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