The Cream Track

Kids playing cricket in a park

The Cream Track is 5.3 kilometres long and runs from the heights of Springbrook Plateau to the lowlands of Tallebudgera Valley. Meandering past working cattle farms and banana plantations, the track traverses through rainforest, creek crossings, wet and dry eucalypt forests.

This challenging track rewards walkers with views from the mountains to the coast. Challenge brings other benefits too − with fewer visitors, areas along the track remain largely undisturbed and have an abundance of wildlife.

The Cream Track passes through Serenity Farm, a private property whereby a permit is required to traverse this upper section of the trail. Lawful access to the private property portions of the Cream Track (Lot 1 and Lot 3 on SP180551) has been temporarily granted by the property owner Realcal Pty Ltd. This is contingent upon walkers:

  • obtaining a permit from The Cream Track
  • carrying a printed copy of the permit on their person at all times
  • restricting the time and date of their walk in accordance with the time frame specified in the valid permit and
  • accepting all of the conditions of the permit as detailed therein, including the use of the pathogen control stations deployed at either end of the track.

The Cream Track is challenging when attempting from either direction with many steep sections and creek crossings. Previous bushwalking experience and a moderate to high level of fitness are recommended for this trail. Walk with a partner or group and take:

  • drinking water
  • insect repellent
  • sturdy shoes
  • GPS and or compass.

Plan ahead and check the local weather forecast before walking and if conditions aren’t favourable, consider rescheduling. For more information, refer to the Fire Danger Rating for the region on the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website and check for bushfire alerts on their Current bushfires and warnings web page.

At the Springbrook end of the track, look for New England Blackbutt forests with their thick leafy canopies, absorbing most of the sunlight. In the wet eucalypt forest, closer to the valley, the white trunks of flooded gums reach for the sun. Their canopies are more open, allowing light to reach a mid-storey of smaller trees growing below. Ferns, palms and vines cover a forest floor thick with moist leaf litter.

To help preserve the environment:

  • Keep to the designated roads and walking tracks at all times.
  • Be mindful of adjoining private properties.
  • Start and finish your bushwalk with clean footwear.
  • Use pathogen control stations located at the track entrances and exits.
  • No camping.

The Cream Track trail maps

Terrain map(PDF, 2MB)

Note: Dogs must be walked on a leash unless otherwise stated and are prohibited in all children's playground areas.

Dog exercise areas

City of Gold Coast has numerous areas where you can exercise your dog off leash.

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The Cream Track, End of Springbrook Road, Springbrook 4213  
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