Cougal Cascades is part of Springbrook National Park, however, like the Natural Bridge, is not accessed via Springbrook Road. Instead, Cougal Cascades is accessed from Currumbin Valley. The drive to the cascades sets the scene for the experience, with Currumbin Creek Road following the gently meandering Currumbin Creek for the last few kilometres. The drive there is beautiful.
Location: End of Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley, Qld 4223
Walking Distance: 1.6km Return
Time: 30 minutes to all day
Costs/Permit: No cost, no permit required
Opening Times: Only closed occasionally for maintenance
Facilities: Lookout platform, toilets, carpark 20 cars, picnic tables, old sawmill, information board, water holes for swimming
What to take: Insect repellent, camera, picnic, water, sunscreen, swimmers
Cougal Cascades section of Springbrook National Park is at the very end of Currumbin Creek Road. Just past the sign there is a carpark on the left. There is (just) space on the side of the road to park also. After heavy rain the road may be flooded. A week after a very wet Easter the creek was ankle deep over the road.
Next to the carpark is the picnic area. The tables overlook the flowing creek a few meters away. Make sure you pack insect repellent if you stop here for any length of time.
The path is pram and wheelchair friendly, however, the path is a bit cracked and bumpy in places. It is a very easy 800m walk from the picnic area to the old sawmill at the end of the track.
The old sawmill contains a few piece of rusted machinery. There is easy access to Currumbin Creek from here, and lots of opportunity for rock hopping or swimming.
The path closely follows the gently meandering creek. There are numerous points where you can leave the path and try out some rock hopping, or take a dip in one of the naturally formed water holes.
Cougal Cascades is ideal for young families wanting an adventurous nature experience. The surrounding rainforest and flowing creek make for a truly beautiful place to stop and play in. Another spot worth checking out if you are into rock hopping and swimming in waterholes is the nearby Currumbin Valley Rock Pools and Long Tan Park (About 5km from Cougal Cascades).