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Mt Coot-tha Tourist Drive
3 Hours  / 10 Kilometres



Description

The Mt Coo-tha Scenic Drive takes a circuitous route through the Mount Coot-tha Forest and Brisbane Forest Park, beginning at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium before winding past picturesque barbecue and picnic sites to the city's premier lookout. The lookout is a highlight, boasting breathtaking views out to Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland during the day and Brisbane's glittering cityscape at night.

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The entire Mount Coot-tha area is a natural reserve featuring a number of moderate to steep walks throughout the Mt Coot-tha Forest. The open eucalypt forest is home to a range of wildlife, and a huge variety of bird species.

Visit the J C Slaughter Falls Park where a moderate walk will lead you to the semi-rainforest shrouded falls. An Aboriginal art trail adjacent to this walk allows you to view indigenous art blended into the environment.

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Mt Coot-tha Aerial
Mt Coot-tha AerialView from lookout
View from lookoutJC Slaughter Falls
JC Slaughter FallsBotanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens


Journey Details

Duration3 Hours Itinerary TypeLand
Distance10 KilometresItinerary RouteCircuit
Mode of Travel4x4
Bicycle
Bus
Car
Horse
Motorcycle
Walk
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - Suitable for the disabled with assistance

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
    Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cycling
    Cycling
  • Horseriding
    Horseriding
  • Mountain Biking
    Mountain Biking
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Mt Coot-tha Tourist Drive Full Itinerary

Botanic Gardens and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium to Mt Coot-tha Lookout

Begin your journey at the base of Mt Coot-tha and explore the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and Herbarium.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha is Queensland's premier subtropical garden. Offering 25 hectares of exotic plants in geographic displays as well as the Australian Plant Communities (27 hectares) which includes the world's largest collection of Australian Native Rainforest trees. It's the perfect place to have a picnic with family and friends.

Turn your attention to the stars at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. See recreations of Brisbane's night sky in the cosmic Skydome, fragments of asteroids and spacecraft models in the Display Zone, short feature shows on astronomy and space missions in the Mini Theatre or stargaze with one of the Planetarium's astronomers in the Observatory.

Turn left onto Sir Samual Griffith Drive and begin the climb up the mountain, displaying breathtaking views of the city.

Take the time to walk the Mt Coot-tha Aboriginal Art Trail. This trail showcases Aboriginal art in its natural setting. You can see how Aboriginal art is used as a way of mapping the land and passing on cultural information.

Next stop is the iconic Brisbane Lookout.


Japanese Gardens - Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Japanese Gardens - Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Planetarium
Planetarium
Brisbane Lookout
Brisbane Lookout
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Route Details

Mode of Travel: 4x4
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Mt Coot-tha Lookout to Simpson Falls

After enjoying the views and lunch or a snack at the Brisbane Lookout, continue along Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. This leg goes through Mt Coot-tha Forest and past the television studios of Channel 7, 9 and 10. There are numerous picnic spots along the way as well as trails suitable for bush walking, horse riding and dirt biking.

The Simpson Falls is a popular area for birdwatching, barbecues and picnics and includes a scenic walk up to the top of the falls.


Simpson Falls
Simpson Falls
Simpson Falls Picnic Area
Simpson Falls Picnic Area


Route Details

Mode of Travel: 4x4
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Simpson Falls to JC Slaughter Falls

As you descend down Mt Coot-tha, stop in at JC Slaughter Falls, a picnic area,walking track and waterfall set in the beautiful surrounds of a eucalypt forest.


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0ATDW_Landscape__TQ_JC_Slaughterfalls.jpg


Route Details

Mode of Travel: 4x4
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1




Driving Directions

1 - Botanic Gardens and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium to Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Start from:152 Mount Coot-Tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066, Australia
End at:1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-Tha Forest, Mount Coot-Tha QLD 4066, Australia
Distance:2.7 km
Duration:4 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Mount Coot-Tha Rd toward Ada St
  2. Slight left onto Scenic Drive
  3. Continue onto Sir Samuel Griffith Drive
  4. Turn right to stay on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive
  5. Enter the roundabout
2 - Mt Coot-tha Lookout to Simpson Falls
Start from:1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-Tha Forest, Mount Coot-Tha QLD 4066, Australia
End at:329-393 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-Tha Forest, Mount Coot-Tha QLD 4066, Australia
Distance:4.8 km
Duration:7 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive toward Summit Track
    Destination will be on the right
3 - Simpson Falls to JC Slaughter Falls
Start from:329-393 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-Tha Forest, Mount Coot-Tha QLD 4066, Australia
End at:117 Mount Coot-Tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066, Australia
Distance:2.8 km
Duration:5 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive toward Simpsons Rd
  2. Continue onto Mount Coot-Tha Rd

Other Information


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