What you can do at Mount Coot-tha

Brisbane is best known for its sunny sky-scrappers set along the stunning backdrop of lush rainforests and ocean views. But instead of packing a day bag and lugging it out to see the natural wonders surrounding the city, why not see the ones located right in the heart of Brisbane? Mt Coot-tha is an iconic landmark for the city and is the city’s largest natural area.

History of Mount Coot-tha

Before the European settlers came to Brisbane, Mount Coot-tha was home to the Yugarapul indigenous community. It was a popular spot to gather honey from the native stingless bees in the area. After the Europeans settled in the land, the mountain was named ‘One Tree Hill,’ due to the top being clear of bushland except for one large eucalyptus tree. The name was later changed in 1880, the name Mount Coot-tha is derived from the name ‘Honey Mountain’ by the Yugarpul people.

What to do at Mt Coot-tha?

Hike up the mountain

By far the most popular activity at Mount Coot-tha is a hike through the wilderness. With an array of bushwalking tracks available, you can spend a whole day immersed in the forestland. If your bringing kids along, try out the Aboriginal Art Trail, jam-packed with examples of rocking paintings and stick sculptures. Summit Circuit is one of the most popular, having marvellous views, easy walking paths, and a central starting point for visitors.

Get your heart racing

Bike fanatics will love the Mount Coot-tha’s many bike paths, winding up and down the mountain’s landscape with over 20km of trails offered. Suitable for all kinds of bikers, with all paths ranging in difficulty, so make sure you check the grading before you head on a trail.

Picnic at the perfect spot

If you’re looking for a relaxing break amongst the stunning scenery, pack yourself a picnic for a day in the lush landscape. Hike up to a JC Slaughter Falls, one of the best spots for a snooze in the grass. The grassy, open space is the perfect place for a large group, with plenty of space for a kick of the footy.

Marvel at the views

No trip to Mount Coot-tha is complete without a visit to the very top of the Mountain. Hike up to see the jaw-dropping, panoramic views of Brisbane city, getting a peek of the surrounding region of Moreton Bay. For an unforgettable sight, visit during sunset or sunrise to catch the picturesque golden glow sprinkling the area.

Visit the Brisbane Botanical Gardens

Sitting at the bottom of the Mountain, the botanical gardens are bursting with sub-tropical plants. The gardens span 52 hectares, with different themed areas, including a Japanese garden with cherry blossoms and traditional sculptures. After wandering the large expanse, head to the café for a delicious lunch or snack to revitalise you.

Check out our popular Brisbane City Tour if you’re in the area!

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