Situated just 15 minutes away from Brisbane city, Mount Coot-tha is one of the best places to visit. Whether you’re a photographer, foodie, or an avid bike rider, you will find something entertaining here. As the nearest mountain to the city, Mt Coot-tha offers one of the best ways to spend your day, have a nice view of the city, and is the ideal spot for a picnic. Once you transport yourself here, you will enjoy fantastic scenery, expedition bush walks, amazing gardens, and much more. Here are our top 5 things to do and see on and around Mt Coottha.
A Day Trip To Mount Coot-tha
1. Scenic view of the city
If you are looking for the best spot to take in the view of Brisbane and unwind, then Mount Coot-tha is the place. Although a gentle drive up the mountain will give you short views of the city, the magic will happen once you reach the lookout. While you can enjoy amazing views 24 hours a day, the best time is when the sun is setting. Apart from the café and the restaurant located onsite, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with your loved ones.
2. Grab a bike or horse
With a nice trail designed for off-road bikers, this is the ideal place for any biker to ride without being disturbed. If you’re an adventurous person there are also several designated horse trails that you can use. The roads are graded well and the bends are also exciting. Although the restaurant may be a bit expensive, you can enjoy a picnic which is very exciting (and budget friendly). Or if you time your trip with sunset on the weekend, you could make your way to Eat Street Markets after watching the sun go down for some amazing food fare. The Brisbane Lookout website has a great guide of what’s nearby if you’re still stuck for ideas.
3. Visit the ancient cemetery
Apart from exploring the trails and taking in the views, you can also visit the amazing cemetery of Brisbane. Once you have booked a tour guide, you will be taken on an eerie walk and get to hear the stories of murderers, dead governors, buried boxers, and black widows. You may see the silhouette of a lady wandering, but don’t have to be afraid unless you’ve been naughty.
4. Enjoy nature and photography
If you are a keen photographer who also loves nature, you can visit the Brisbane botanic gardens and spend some time exploring the fauna, located at the bottom of the mountain. It won’t take you long before you hear the croaks of small golden brown and green frogs that live in the water reeds and camouflage themselves that well that it takes a very keen eye to see them. Interestingly, once you’ve found one, it’s very easy to find another. You will also see some beautiful blue and red dragonflies hovering over the water lilies.
5. Have a barbecue or picnic among the trees
Pack your bag and go to the nearby JC Slaughter falls located a short distance from the mountain. While many of the walks commence here, it’s also the perfect place for barbecue and picnic. Just settle down and marvel at the bushland while your children play in the space.
Well, those are some of the things that you will enjoy at Mount Coot-tha. If you take a trip to this place, you can rest assured that you will not be disappointed. Check out our homepage for more stories about Brisbane sights!