Springbrook National Park

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Springbrook National Park is a national park at Springbrook on the McPherson Range in the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland, (Australia), 96 km south of Brisbane. It is part of the Shield Volcano Group of the World Heritage site Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (formerly known as the 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, Mount Barney, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks and Goomburra Forest Reserve) and the rainforests of northern New South Wales. In 2007 the areas of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia were added to the Australian National Heritage List.

In all four sections of Springbrook National Park (Springbrook Plateau, Natural Bridge, Numinbah and Mount Cougal) you can picnic, study nature and enjoy a wide range of walks in a 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 6,197 ha Springbrook National Park comprises four reserves on and around the plateau: Springbrook Plateau section along the crest of the plateau; Mount Cougal section to the east; and Natural Bridge and Numinbah sections 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 between 600 to 1000 m above sea level,[1] Springbrook Plateau can be quite cool even in summer. The area averages more than 3000 mm of rain a year,[2] most of which falls between December and March. Natural Bridge section receives most of its annual rainfall (2500 mm) during the hot, humid summer. This is also the location where the UK television programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! has been filmed.

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Flora and fauna

The park is good location for the sighting of nocturnal animals such as the Mountain Brushtail Possum, the ringtail possum and sugar glider.[3] Due to land clearing in the hinterland district Springbrook National Park has become a haven for birds.[2] In total the park provides habitat for more than a hundred different bird species,[1] including the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Rufous Fantail, Satin Bowerbird, Whipbird and the Albert's Lyrebird to name a few.[2] Long-finned Eels are commonly found in the pools of the plateau and there are numerous reptiles such as the Land Mullet, lace monitor and amphibians species like the Orange-eyed Treefrog and Great Barred Frog.[3] The rare Richmond Birdwing butterfly, Blue Spiny Crayfish and glow-worms which are the larvae of the fungus fly are also found in the park.

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