Early in January we had some friends from Darwin visit and whilst they were he we paid a visit to the Gold Coast to catch up with Naomi and have lunch with a couple of her lovely friends who we have previously met and spent time with.
On our way back we went off the track and drove to Natural Bridge which is in Springbook National Park.
The Aussie and I previously visited Natural Bridge shortly after moving to Brisbane and he had also been recently when he went hiking with one of his friends who was visiting but it is definitely a place to visit again and again so when I was trying to think of somewhere to visit on the way back from the Gold Coast this seemed like the perfect choice.
You will find Natural Bridge on Nerang Murwillumbah Road and Bakers Road which is at the end of a very long and windy road (I don’t remember it being this windy last time)!
Natural Bridge is well known for, well the natural bridge which is a rock formation, formed by the force of the waterfall over a cave but also because within that cave lives glow worms.
There is a 1km circuit walk in a clockwise direction. To begin with you descend towards the cave where you can try and spot the glow worms and then come back up through the rainforest. There are various points to stop along the track where you can see the the cave and waterfall as well.
It was lovely and cool and shady on the walk because we were surrounded by a canopy of trees which is great, especially if you fancy a visit during the middle of summer like we did.
Unfortunately we didn’t spot any glow worms on either of our visits but it was quite bright outside the cave and just means that we will just have to go again!
On the way back we also stopped off at Hinze Dam which is a 3700 acre resevoir at Advancetown. It appeared you couldn’t swim there but there appeared to be opportunities for fishing and sailing / boating and from reading around there are walking and horse riding routes in and around the lake.