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Frequently asked questions

Facilities

Are there any powered camp sites?

No.

Are there any washing facilities?

No laundry or washing facilities are available. Campers must bring their own washing up bowl or bucket.

Are there any showers?

Showers are not provided at the camping area and there are no public showers available on Springbrook plateau, Natural Bridge, Mount Cougal or Numinbah sections.

Are fires allowed?

Wood barbecues are only allowed within officially constructed barbecues at Tallanbana, Goomoolahra and Forest Park picnic areas; please provide your own clean, milled firewood. Bark, sticks or branches must not be collected from the park or roadside—fines apply. No fires are permitted outside these areas; however fuel stoves such as gas, methylated spirits or other camping stoves can be used.

Camping

Can I bring a camper trailer?

The Settlement camping area located on the Springbrook plateau is the only camping area within the park. Only sites 1 to 4 have longer parking bays (approx. 10m x 4.2m) that could accommodate a camper trailer however the grassed area is partially separated from the parking bay by bollards. The other sites are not of an adequate size for all camper trailers.

Can I bring a caravan?

There is no caravan camping available on the park. The steep, narrow roads prevent caravans from accessing Springbrook plateau.

Will I get mobile phone service?

This depends to some extent on your carrier. Generally coverage is poor. Coverage is better from the parts of the plateau where you can see the Gold Coast.

What do campers do upon arrival at The Settlement camping area?

Stop at the information stand at the camping area entrance, check the map to find your allocated camp site and take a camp tag to display your booking number. Please read the information display to find out more about the camping area and current park news for Springbrook.

Should I be worried about theft?

There have been frequent reported thefts from cars. We recommend that you carry any valuables such as car keys, garage remotes, wallets, cameras and phones with you. Thieves favour vehicles with valuable items on show.

Bushwalking

Can I drink the water?

Please supply all your drinking water as water quality cannot be guaranteed. If using water from the camping area or in the park, please boil or treat with water treatment tablets before drinking.

What will the weather be like?

The weather on Springbrook is changeable and cooler than the Gold Coast. Be prepared for wet or cold weather. For more information, see climate and weather information located in things to know before you go or visit the Bureau of Meteorology's website.

Nature

Should I be concerned about snakes?

Snakes tend to be observed more in the warmer spring and summer months. Although there are twelve potentially dangerous species of snake in Queensland, it is unlikely that you will see one, let alone be at risk of being bitten by one. Snakes sense the vibration of approaching footsteps and usually flee into the undergrowth.

For your safety, never attempt to pick up any type of reptile. The rule to remember is that snakes have right of way! If you see a snake, the best way to avoid being bitten is simply to leave the snake alone.

The two most common reptiles to see are glossy black skinks known as land mullets, and sleepy carpet pythons. In the rare case of being bitten by a snake, apply a pressure immobilisation bandage, avoid moving the patient and seek medical attention quickly. It is good advice to carry a first-aid kit and always walk with another person.

What can I do to prevent leeches?

Leeches are common in rainforest, particularly after rain. Insect repellent on your socks helps keep them away. Remove them by pushing with your fingernail where they have attached. Some bleeding after removal is normal due to the anticoagulant in the leech bite, but there are usually no ill effects apart from an itchy bite-mark.

What should I do if I get a tick?

Ticks tend to live in forested areas with a dry, grassy understorey. However, during very dry weather periods, people have reported the occasional tick while walking on some of the rainforest walking tracks. To remove a tick, use fine curved forceps applied to the head, lift slowly and consult a first-aid manual. If the person becomes ill, seek medical attention promptly. Avoid ticks by wearing long sleeves and long trousers, hats and shoes. Apply insect repellent on exposed skin.

References:

St John's Ambulance First Aid

Last updated
3 August 2017