Tanninaba Falls


Tanninaba Falls

A neighbor of Purling Brook Falls, Tanninaba Falls is found in Springbrook National Park. The waterfalls dries out completely during winter.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 28° 11.229' E 153° 16.030'
Parking: Forestry Rd, Springbrook
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 25m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐
GPS:          S 28° 11.229' E 153° 16.030'
Parking:     Forestry Rd, Springbrook
Access:     1hr 30min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Tanninaba Falls is roughly a 50 minutes’ drive away from Gold Coast. From Gold Coast travel north-west on the State Road 24 (Ashmore Rd) until you reach an intersection with SR 20 (Southport Nerang Rd). Turn left onto SR 20. SR 20 eventually becomes SR 90. Keep to the SR 90 until you reach intersection with SR 97 (Nerang Murwilumbah Rd). Follow SR 97 for the next 13 km, then turn left onto Pine Creek Rd. After 7.2km turn right onto SR 99 and follow it for the next 5.2km. Then turn left onto well-signposted Forestry Rd. Gwongorella picnic area (car park) is at the end of this road. The road is a sealed one.

The car park has a few dedicated spaces as well as all sorts of facilities, including toilets, BBQ, shelters and picnic tables.

From the car park follow Purling Brook Falls Circuit (clock-wise direction). A reasonable level of fitness is required due to some uphill/downhill sections. You will reach the top of Tanninaba Falls in 10-15 minutes. Continue on to the main track and in roughly 30-35 minutes you will reach the base of Tanninaba Falls.

From here you can return via the same route (1.5 hrs total walking time), or descend further to the base of Purling Brook Falls. Purling Brook Falls base is located somewhere in the middle of the circuit. Total walking time will be around 2 hours.

The waterfall is very tall, but has no water in a dry season. You can come very close and touch the water which drop from significant height. Best time to visit – after decent rain, or Jan to Mar.

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