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Mt Cougal - Springbrook National Park

What's special?

Just behind the Gold Coast, Mt Cougal’s twin peaks overlook the scenic Currumbin Valley. This small section of Springbrook National Park protects a subtropical rainforest remnant, scenic cascades and the headwaters of Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks.

The Mt Cougal Section is an important wildlife habitat and the most easterly known location of the Lamington spiny cray. One of the world’s largest skinks, the land mullet, also lives here.

The Yugambeh people lived in this valley for at least 6000 years and still have a close connection with the park. A dreaming story is associated with Cougal’s twin peaks.

A bush sawmill operated here from 1942 until 1954 producing timber for housing and to crate bananas grown in the Currumbin Valley. The remains of the partly restored sawmill are located at the end of the walking track.

The Mt Cougal Section of Springbrook National Park is part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves World Heritage Area.

Exploring Mt Cougal

Go for a scenic drive through the picturesque Currumbin Valley. Have a bush picnic by the creek or just sit quietly and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the bush away from the noise and bustle of the nearby Gold Coast. Take drinking water.

See the local wildlife. Eastern water dragons, sooty owls, water-rats, brushtail possums, brush-turkeys and logrunners are some of the animals you might see. Please do not feed the animals.

Read about the park’s world heritage values at the display shelter at the start of the walking track and signs along the track.

Be careful around the creek. People have been seriously injured jumping and diving into the creek.

Camping is not allowed in the park. A public phone, toilets, barbecues and picnic facilities are provided 6km away at the Currumbin Rockpool.


See cascades and rockpools along the walk to the bush sawmill. Wear insect repellent to discourage ticks and leeches.


Mt Cougal has wheelchair-accessible toilets and picnic tables. Wheelchairs could possibly negotiate the sealed track with assistance.

Getting there

Mt Cougal is just 35 minutes’ drive from Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, 43km from Nerang or 113km from Brisbane. Turn off the Pacific Motorway south of Palm Beach and drive 19km along the Currumbin Creek Road to Mt Cougal.

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