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Springbrook National Park
Springbrook is a national park in Queensland, (Australia), 78 km south of Brisbane. It is part of the World Heritage site Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves. In December 1994, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee officially extended the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australia (CERRA) World Heritage Area over the Scenic Rim (including Main Range, Mt Barney, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks and Goomburra Forest Reserve) and the rainforests of northern New South Wales.
In all three sections of Springbrook National Park (Springbrook Plateau, Natural Bridge and the Cougals) you can picnic, study nature and enjoy a wide range of walks in a beautiful, natural environment. Springbrook Plateau section has many lookouts with spectacular views.
The southern cliffs in Springbrook (and Lamington National Park) are part of the remnants of the northern rim of the huge ancient volcano, Mount Warning. The 2954ha Springbrook National Park comprises three reserves on and around the plateau: Springbrook Plateau section along the crest of the plateau; Mt Cougal section to the east; and Natural Bridge section to the west. The national park preserves rainforest and eucalypt forests in the cliff-lined headwaters of rivers and creeks flowing to the Gold Coast.
At 900m above sea level, Springbrook Plateau can be quite cool even in summer. The area averages more than 3000mm of rain a year, most of which falls between December and March. Natural Bridge section receives most of its annual rainfall (2500mm) during the hot, humid summer.
- Area: 27.20 km²
- Date of establishment: ?
- Managing authorities: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
- IUCN category: II
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