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Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

The Natural Bridge is a naturally formed rock arch over Cave Creek, a tributary of the Nerang River. It was formed from a waterfall which undercut a cave beneath the waterfall and dug a pothole on top, until the two joined and the creek flowed through the cave, leaving an arch across the front.


Waterfall running through the Natural Bridge during Spring.

The bridge is in the territory of the local Kombumerri aboriginal people (a family group of the Yugambeh language peoples). The first Europeans to find it are said to be timber cutters Alexander (Sandy) Duncan and Din Guinea.

The cave is home to a colony of glow worms (larvae of the insect Arachnocampa flava) and commercial operators lead night tours into the cave. Swimming is no longer permitted in order to protect the glow worm habitat. I have read the local aboriginal people and the local Europeans from the earliest times swam and played in this grotto.


I originally went some months beforehand in an effort to photograph this natural wonder without any success with blown out waterfall and dark surrounds, avery tricky lighting situation. I had a little think, after all the optics of a digital camera do not come close to the light adapting abilities of our own eyes, and returned when no one was about and with the late afternoon light on a overcast day. I set up the tripod and took several images at different light settings and as we are in the magic of the digital age took these home and hand blended to show the detail of the rocky cavern. I did post this image some months back am reposting after reprocessing. I did at the time take a model and have several images of her in this natural arch au natural which I think is quite fitting.

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Taken on September 28, 2011