Autumn may bring colder temperatures and shorter days, but there is a silver lining as it also means the return of I’m A Celebrity!
Although we don’t envy the line-up of celebrities who have had to take on jungle living and the show’s infamous bushtucker trials, there’s no denying that the stars are surrounded by some pretty spectacular scenery.
And it’s not a set in the middle of a UK studio – they really are living out in the heart of the Australian jungle.
But what if you want to check out the breathtaking spot for yourself?
The good news is that you won’t have to eat insects or face your biggest fears.
However, you can check out the beautiful waterfalls (aka the celebrities’ jungle showers ), the spectacular sweeping landscapes and the exotic wildlife near walking trails.
We take a look at everything you need to know about the I’m A Celebrity filming location, and how you can go and have a jungle holiday of a lifetime yourself.
Where is I’m A Celebrity filmed?
The stunning real-life jungle is part of Australia’s Springbrook National Park, in the Gold Coast region of Queensland.
The park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
The I’m A Celebrity camp is situated in Dungay Creek in the southern region of Springbrook, near New South Wales.
The nearby town of Murwillumbah is often used for filming too.
Can you visit the I’m A Celebrity camp?
You won’t be able to visit the exact camp where the celebrities live during the three-week programme.
Can you camp in the I’m A Celebrity jungle?
Although bush camping itself is not permitted in Springbrook National Park there is a dedicated camp site, The Settlement where you can stay provided you have a camping permit and pay the fees.
So, where can you stay?
If you are feeling tempted to go exploring Springbrook, there’s plenty of accommodation on offer whether you’re after a mountain chalet or a cosy retreat in the heart of the Australian jungle.
Check out some of our top picks below to suit any budget…
1. The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat
This retreat boasts 12 cosy chalets tucked away in the heart of the wilderness, each with plenty of perks including electric blankets, a two-person spa bath, barbecue and patio, and a kitchen.
And all offering incredible views of course. Oh, and did we mention the hot tub, sauna and cold water plunge pool also on offer?
2. Rosellas at Springbrook
This B&B makes for a briliant budget-friendly stay with all the amenities you need.
Located right next to Canyon Lookout and Springbrook National Park, some of the rooms directly overlook the breathtaking landscapes, not to mention staff can give you great tidbits on where to go exploring.
How much? Prices from £57 a night on Airbnb .
3. Springbrook Mountain Chalets
Set on 14 acres alongside the UNESCO World Heritage park, these chalets offer everything you could want for a glamorous alternative to camping including patios, hot tubs and spa baths.
There are plenty of hiking and walking trails around the property too – and keep your eyes peeled for some of the exotic wildlife the area is renowned for.
How much? Prices from £111 a night on Booking.com .
4. Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat
Boasting a double spa bath, a fireplace and BBQ facilities, this jungle haven offers secluded cottages surrounded by rainforests.
Gold Coast Airport is just a 55-minute drive away too, not to mention it’s a 10-minute drive to Springbrook National Park itself.
How much? Prices from £134 a night on Booking.com .
The best things to see and do in Springbrook National Park
PURLING BROOK FALLS
These impressive waterfalls have been drawing in crowds of tourists for years thanks to the incredible rainfall-like effect they create, not to mention their impressive height of 109m makes for quite the spectacle.
This rock and earth embankment dam sits across the Nerang River and provides a significant water supply for the Gold Coast area. It’s also home to the Advancetown Lake where you’ll find plenty of activities including boating, fishing, horse riding and walking trails.
GLOW WORM CAVE AND NATURAL BRIDGE
This stunning natural bridge has been created by the sheer force of the waterfall that rushes above the basalt cave – and it makes for a view unlike any other. At night, the cave becomes illuminated by the hordes of glow worms residing there, and it’s well worth taking a guided nocturnal tour.
HIKING TRAIL UP SPRINGBROOK MOUNTAIN
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or simply want to take in the views, there are plenty of walking trails in Springbrook – but for a challenge, there are guided trails and tours to take you up Springbrook Mountain itself… and the views are incredible.
How to get there
The nearest airports to Springbrook are Brisbane and the Gold Coast Airport.
Unfortunately there are no direct flights to these from the UK.
The good news is that there are plenty of flights on offer with one stopover – check out the UK airports you can find flights from below…
BRISBANE (About 1hr30mins drive from the park)
GOLD COAST AIRPORT (About one hour’s drive from the park)
There is no public transport leading directly to the park, so your best bet is to drive.
However, you won’t be able to buy petrol in the park so make sure you plan your route.
It could work out easier to book on with a tour or holiday packages and make a minibreak out of it as part of a wider trip, unless you’re planning to spend the week camping and exploring.
Top Springbrook tours to bookmark
The ‘Springbrook and Tamborine Rainforest Tour Including Natural Bridge and Glow Worm Cave’ does exactly what it says on the tin, taking you into the heart of the rainforest to check out the biggest highlights of the region. Prices from £88.11 on TripAdvisor .
The ‘World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural Bridge’ makes for a brilliant day trip, not to mention hotel pick-up is included. Prices from £52.04 on TripAdvisor .