5.48 mi

Elevation gain

2,536 ft

Technical difficulty


Elevation loss

302 ft

Max elevation

2,720 ft



Min elevation

392 ft

Trail type

One Way


2 hours 28 minutes




September 23, 2012


September 2012
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2,720 ft
392 ft
5.48 mi

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near Upper Tallebudgera, Queensland (Australia)

The Cream Track connects the top of the Springbrook plateaux and the end of the Tallebudgera Creek Road.

We walked uphill from Tallebudgera to Springbrook. Tallebugera end starts from the end of the road and you must go through a gate misleadingly marked private - the track is a public road reserve.

There are a few creek crossings lower down which could be tricky if there was a lot of rain. We didn't have any problems. We picked up some leeches and ticks.

At the Springbrook end, the track starts at the end of the bitumen. Just follow the track in the same direction as the road.


  • Cathy Jeffs Jul 12, 2015

    Please do not walk this track as what you are walking is mainly on private property and you are trespassing. The actual gazetted road reserve is totally impassable. The property owners were agreeable to walkers but since the numbers have increased they have now said no to more walkers.

  • gregkernaghan Jul 12, 2015

    The Cream Track is open... visit for details.

    It is true that a significant portion of the cream track at the Springbrook Mountain end is located on private property. I personally manage this private property, a working farm and Highland Cattle Stud and have done so for some years.

    The Gold Coast Bushwalkers Club regularly walk The Cream Track and are a great resource if you wish to walk this track with experienced folks or obtain further information.

    phone: 0490 488 064
    post: PO Box 59, Miami, QLD, 4220

    In order to allow walkers to legally traverse the private property sections of the track, simply visit the website and fill out your online permit which will be emailed to you automatically.

    With best wishes to all

    Greg Kernaghan
    Property Manager
    2940 - 3000 Springbrook Road

  • Cathy Jeffs Jul 12, 2015

    Your end may be OK but it also traverses private properties at the bottom as well. A gate, lock and no trespassing signs will soon be installed. Why is there a gate and fence with no trespassing signs your place then?

  • gregkernaghan Jul 12, 2015

    Hi Cathy

    Please contact the Gold Coast Bushwalkers Club - they had a party walk the track today and have a good working relationship with all of the folks in Tallebudgera Valley.

    The signs at our end are to notify walkers without a valid permit from that they are in fact trespassing on private property. More informative signage is being installed at both ends shortly.

    Best and thanks

    Greg Kernaghan

  • Cathy Jeffs Jul 12, 2015

    Hi Greg,

    Things have changed since Friends Of Currumbin have become involved. It is most unfortunate.


  • Kathy Kirk Jan 9, 2016

    My husband and I walked this yesterday, from the Tallebudgera end and a lot of the land on this side is privately owned too. We talked to the owners of the private property on this side and it is not necessary to enter their land as there is now fluoro pink surveyor's tape that marks the original Cream Track, which walkers must follow or you will end up on their private property. Anyone who knows about the Cream track wants to follow the original anyway, so there is no need to trespass. Be fair to these people and follow the correct trail.

  • Lucy1977 Jan 16, 2016

    Hi. Can anyone tell me, is it easy to follow the tape markers the whole way up without getting lost or straying onto private property (other than Serenity farm, in which case ill gain a permit) or is it necessary to go with someone experienced with the track? TIA

  • Kathy Kirk Jan 17, 2016

    Lucy, my husband and I didn't have an experienced person to go with. If you just follow the fluoro pink tape, you'll be fine. In a lot of places there is no track, so to speak, but the tape is there tied around the trees so we just kept following that. Make sure you spray yourselves with Aerogard, even your feet inside your socks as there are a lot of leeches.

  • Lucy1977 Jan 17, 2016

    Thanks Kathy! That's great info. I'm looking forward to tackling this track soon.

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    malandlynne1 Aug 25, 2016

    Have done this track as per Greg's comments, thanks for making this great walk available.
    Logan & Beaudesert Bushwalkets are walking here this weekend 27th August 2016,

  • Jan 6, 2019

    We walked the Cream Track yesterday. The trail is well marked and easy to follow, but very steep. It made for a challenging day for my 71 year old legs. The permit from Serenity was easy to get - except that their website hasn't been updated to 2019 yet - so we had a permit that was a year out of date. I don't understand why it is not possible to put a trail all the way through on the road reserve, which would avoid the need to walk through cow pasture and the attendant higher risk of ticks. We tried to do this, but found the way closed off by converging fences.
    There are not many views and once you leave the Tallebudgera Valley only two small creek crossings. Hence in my opinion, the Warrie Circuit is a much more interesting walk.

  • gregkernaghan Jan 7, 2019

    Thanks for the comments Christopher... I will update the permit for 2019.

    Re: your excellent idea of putting a trail all the way through on the road reserve...

    In January 2019 we are relocating the Pathogen Control Station so trekkers will no longer have to walk through the cow pasture. Instead, being guided (on descent) to the left of the (first) farm gate and down onto the road shelf (track), which is still unfortunately located on private property requiring a Permit to access (obtainable online at

    Most of the Springbrook sections of old road shelf and track are located on private property (Serenity Farm), save for the very steep section encountered between two additional gates where the track departs private property briefly for a few hundred meters before re-entering Serenity Farm again until finally exiting private property near the creek crossing and three steel marker bollards on the very Eastern boundary of the farm.

    On descent (after leaving private property) one enters the relatively flat National Park portion of the walk that precedes the steep switch-back descent into Tallebudgera Valley which is itself on Road Reserve all the way to the asphalt.
    It may be logistically possible to create a new track entirely on Road Reserve from top to bottom, but it would require significant survey, clearing and track work to complete the Springbrook section.
    Until then, please enjoy the fact that Serenity Farm and the Gold Coast City Council have provided a simple permit application process, track markers and infrastructure to allow everyone to continue legally and safely enjoy the historical and strategic bush walking corridor that is The Cream Track.

    Greg Kernaghan
    Property Manager
    Serenity Farm
    2940 - 3000 Springbrook Road

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