Mount Coot-tha is both a mountain and a suburb. It sits on Taylors Range and is one of the highest points in Brisbane and 287 metres above sea level.
The Mt Coot-tha Lookout sits at the top and gives visitors a wonderful panoramic view of Brisbane, the Glasshouse Mountains, Moreton Bay and the D’Aguilar Range. It’s surrounded by natural bushland reserve which covers more than 1500 hectares and is home to natural flora and fauna.
There’s a number of popular walking tracks around Mount Coot-tha and they vary in difficulty. The more difficult trails are used as training tracks for people going to walk the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea due to the similarity in scale and the humid climate. In fact one of the trails has been named after the men who marched the Kokoda Trail in World War 2.
Once you get to the Look Out at Mt Coot-tha you will be lucky enough to enjoy a refreshing drink and meal from the Kuta Cafe which is a laid back cafe known for its big breakies. At the Look Out there is also the renowned Summit Restaurant which is also open at night so you can have a beautiful view of the Brisbane city at night.
Located at the base of mountain is the Mount Coot-tha Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Inside these gardens is the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium which features a Cosmic Skydome, Mini Theatre, Observatory and informative programs for both children and adults. Here you can also visit the Queensland Herbarium which is the centre for research and information on the Queensland flora, vegetation and plant communities.
Mount Coot-tha is also known for its fantastic mountain bike trails on the western side of the forest. Like the walking trails the tracks here vary in difficulty and are not for the faint hearted as many of the trails are steep and have loose rock. So make sure you take notice of the trail ratings to guide you in which trail you decide to take.