Sunday, July 12, 2009
Springbrook National Park and Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park is a most unusual geological feature created over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. Natural Bridge is home to an amazing colony of glow-worms, whose lights can be seen only after sunset. Lookouts and lush rainforest also grace this World Heritage-listed haven, making it one of the most popular parks in Australia.
he rock archway of natural bridge spans the mountain-fed waters of cave creek. Behind the bridge, the creek forms a waterfall, which plunges into a gaping hole, disappearing into the depths of a cavern. From the pool below the bridge emerges a sparkling stream, which flows into the Nerang River and down the Numinbah Valley. Surrounding the creek is dense subtropical rainforest. To the east, towering cliff faces form the edge of Springbrook.
On the deep deposits of rich volcanic soils grow the dense lowland subtropical rainforest of natural bridge. The forest canopy is a mosaic of many fruit tree species. Lillipillies, Figs, Ferns, Vines, Orchids and Staghorn also grow. Pademelons, Eastern Yellow Robins, Eastern Whipbirds, Green Catbirds, Koels, Fruit Doves, Bush turkeys, Goannas, Lorikeets, Brush tailed Possums, Sugar gliders, Bandicoots, Boobook Owl are just some of the wildlife which can be found.