What was supposed to be a pleasant walk turned into a most tragic accident. A 79-year-old dad fell to his death during a hike at Springbrook National Park. He fell 25 meters (about 82 feet) during the hike at Springbrook Falls, in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
According to The Daily Mail UK, the unidentified man was visiting one of his daughters on vacation in Queensland. He was hiking with his two daughters. As they were hiking through the narrow section, the man stumbled and fell. His daughter witnessed the terrible fall.
Shortly afterward, they had to be rescued by the Queensland Ambulance helicopter. A witness told 9News that she saw one of the family members, “It was really sad, we saw one of the family members coming back down, and she looked very upset. The Queensland police told Daily Mail Australia, “crews found a person on the lower part of the cliff, a short while after, they declared him dead”.
The hike to Purling Brook Falls is highly popular, and at times, it can get crowded. AllTrails describes this as a 2.5-mile loop hike. It is “generally considered to be a moderate route, taking on average an hour 26 minutes to traverse”.
The waterfall is also a popular water feature with many photographers. The rock pools at the base of the falls make good swimmable holes for those who wish to take a dip. Also, there is a suspension bridge you can walk across to get to the other side of the falls.
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