Mount Coot-tha Summit Track
Mount Coot-tha Forest
A great walk through eucalypt forest that will make you forget how close you are to city – until you reach the highest point in Brisbane and get incredible views of the CBD, surrounding suburbs and Moreton Bay.
This heavily trafficked walk starts from the J.C. Slaughter Falls picnic area (at the very end of the road, or extend the walk via the path adjacent to the car park).
The walk begins alongside East Ithica Creek, which is typically dry unless there has been substantial recent rain. You will also pass a picnic area and tables and BBQs nestled among the trees.
Follow the signs for the Summit Track, a paved track that leads to the summit – the highest point in Brisbane.
The path crosses the creek three times using the paved footpaths, enjoying views up the rocky creek. Between the second and third crossing, there is a weir and small pond on the left.
Shortly after the third creek crossing, the track starts to increase in gradient as you start the ascent to the summit.
The track winds through open eucalypt forest all the way to the summit, with a number of sets of stairs along the way.
Just prior to the summit, you will need to cross the road and walk up the footpath beside the car park.
At the summit, there is an open plan lookout with greater than 180-degree views to the city and surrounding suburbs, as well as Moreton Bay and south to the ranges near Ipswich.
There is also a raised rotunda, navigational plaque, coin-operated telescopes and a café, as well as grassy spaces that are perfect for throwing out a picnic rug.
The lookout is always popular, but is particularly beautiful for sunset, sunrise and for viewing the city lights at night.
Those looking to stretch their legs further can extend the walk by also including a number of side-tracks that loop off the main track, such as the Hovea Track or Hoop Pine Track (which takes you past J.C. Slaughter Falls).
The Bush Chapel is a recommended short side-track near the start of the walk.
Track: The track is paved all the way to the summit, with a number of sets of stairs. The walk is well-signed and easy to follow.
Difficulty: Due to the elevation the track requires reasonable fitness, but is relatively short and can be completed by all fitness levels with suitable time.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.
The trail starts from the very end of the J.C. Slaughter Falls picnic area off Sir Samuel Griffith Drive in Mount Coot-Tha (near Birdwood Terrace), 15 minutes drive west of Brisbane.
There is ample parking, but this location is very busy on weekends given the picnic area.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
The lookout is particularly beautiful at sunset, sunrise and for viewing the city lights at night.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
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