Tourist dies after falling from Gold Coast waterfall

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A 79-year-old man has fallen down a waterfall to his death while out on a walk in a Queensland national park on Thursday.

Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed to Yahoo News Australia paramedics were winched down to the scene at Springbrook National Park at around midday.

A spokesperson said it is believed the man slipped and fell.

The incident happened at Purling Brook Falls, though it was previously reported that the man fell on the Twin Falls Circuit.

Pictured is Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook National Park - the waterfall where it is believed the man died.
A man aged in his 70s has died after falling from a waterfall while on a bushwalk with his daughters. Source: Tourism and Events Queensland

Queensland Police said in a statement to Yahoo News Australia crews were called to Tanninaba Falls, which is a "neighbour" of Purling Brook Falls.

On Twitter, Queensland Ambulance said there had been reports the person had "fallen a distance" at the waterfall.

It is understood the man was not transported to the hospital.

Police confirmed they would be preparing a report for the coroner following the non-suspicious death of a 79-year-old man.

"Emergency services were initially called to Tanninaba Falls around 12:15pm following reports a man falling several metres down a cliff face," Queensland Police said in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.

"Crews located the man at the bottom of the cliff and was declared deceased a short time later.

"Officers will prepare a report for the coroner, and there are no further details at this time."

The man was visiting Queensland from Victoria, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported. One of his daughters reportedly tried to reach her father to try to save him to no avail.

Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook National Park is about 45km south of the Gold Coast and is known for its waterfalls, rainforest, ancient trees and impressive views.

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