On the day we left Byron we were planning to spend most of the day driving, but I’d heard about the Natural Bridge and was hoping to get there, and it had been awhile since we did any hiking, so we decided to take a little detour to see it.
The road through Springbook National Park to get to the Natural Bridge is a bit treacherous, it has a lot of animal crossings and some very steep inclines, but it’s a very pretty drive with lots to look at.
The actual hike to get to the Natural Bridge is pretty tame, it’s really more of a walk, it’s all paved with railings, but it’s nice to be strolling around in the trees anyway.
It was actually kind of cold in the rainforest, a group of people were walking out dressed in long pants and jackets and they looked at me like I was crazy as I was strolling in in my tank top and shorts, but it wasn’t too bad.
The Natural Bridge was formed by a small river flowing through the rock over millions of years. It eventually carved out a cave. The waterfall is pretty cool, but we didn’t even get to see the very best thing about the cave, which is the glowworms.
At night, the entire place is completely lit up by thousands of glowworms, and it’s supposed to be amazing.
I reallllly wanted to stay to see it, but since it was only 9 a.m., and we were hoping to make it a few hours north of the Sunshine Coast, we decided it didn’t really make sense to sit there all night waiting for nightfall.
If you are going to be in the area, try to plan it so you can go later in the afternoon, and stay to see the cave all lit up at night.