Mt. Coot-tha Summit Track

Mt. Cootha

Mt Coot-tha Lookout has sweeping views of Brisbane City, Moreton Bay, and around to the Tweed Volcano, Main Range and Mount Barney and Flinders Peak. The walk to this lookout, from JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area, is a potentially slightly testing but generally easy walk on a paved track that straddles a gully.

Maximum Elevation

Getting there

Walk starts at the far end of the JC Slaughter Falls picnic area. JC Slaughter Falls Road is off Sir Samuel Griffiths Drive.


Page 3 of this city council doc has a trail map and further information:


You can in fact drive to the top along Sir Samuel Griffiths Drive, where there is restaurant and cafe.


Really enjoyable walk. Even though Im out of shape I found this walk positively challenging (incline most of the way up) with super rewarding views at the top. Plenty of toilets and bins at the JC Slaughter Falls park, and water bubblers are scattered along the Summit Walk. The walk itself was well prepared and maintained, not quite a naturalists dream but awesome considering its 15 minutes from the CBD. Great for kids or those new to bushwalking!

Shaun on 10 Jan, 2020

Started from the Information centre, heading to the peak. This walk was quite nice and quiet, and got the heart pumping a few times.

Connor7106 on 24 Sep, 2019

Down summit track has been upgraded no loose stones or dirt anymore

Kmxfitness on 23 Aug, 2019

A good walk however, if you enjoy walking through bushland on tracks reminiscent of bushland this may not be your experience. The upgrades to this track include manicured edging, concrete steps (in the shape of stones), stone retaining walls , sealed track with small pebbles and concrete paths. If you are preparing for trail walking you may wish to select another track. I did this track as part of a 14k circuit.

Anoogle on 20 Jul, 2019

Completed this as track part of a 9km circuit - started with the Litchfield track, then the Ghost Hole Track, Powerful Owl Trail, Hovea Track and ended with the Summit Track. A great morning out walking but was a disappointing ending on the summit track with the natural track all but gone thanks to concrete and steel.

S K on 20 Jul, 2019

Short walk, easy. Views beautiful In the arvo. Cafe/restaurant at main lookout point

Kaitys on 24 Jun, 2019

Beautiful walk - bit hard on the knees coming down though as the ascent on the way up is relatively steep

Tanya on Mar, 2019

great walk. 30mins medium level to the top. great view on the top with cafe and restaurants

Hui Xiao on 8 Feb, 2019

Very easy walk, clean well travelled paths.

Mat on 5 Jan, 2019

Liked this! One reason why.. Amazing views of brisbane and its city from the summit. And get a coffee (restaurant and cafe up here) and relax on seats up the top and enjoy the view and the breeze. Walk wasnt hard, the falls were puddles of stagnant water due to lack of rainfall

Hannah MC on Jan, 2019

I walked this track at dusk and again at night in order to watch the moon rise over the city. It was quite pretty as always at the summit, but there were many people crowding the rim of the lookout platform, and it was uncharacteristically windy. The walk has a generally low gradient with few stairs and is not at all strenuous. At night, many cane toads like to come out and play. They detract a little from the otherwise nice atmosphere.

meadharry on 24 Nov, 2018

Fairly easy walk.
Not particularly scenic during the walk as it had been very dry.
View from the summit was beautiful.
Plenty of parking at the start of the walk.

Pure Wanderlust on 11 Nov, 2018

Easy walk with plenty of water bubblers along the way.

Daisy on 17 Sep, 2018

This is an easy/medium walk. Would not recommend it for kids under 6 as there are lots of inclines and stairs. The view at the top is amazing and very well worth the walk. It is a fairly busy track, frequented more on weekends. Walk takes 30-45 mins up depending on your level of fitness, then can enjoy a coffee at the cafe and back down is approx 30 minutes. Wear closed in shoes and ideally take bug spray if spending anytime at the JC Slaughter Falls picnic area.

Aimz on 9 May, 2018

We did this as the middle part of a loop. The aboriginal art trail first and the mahogany trail last to descend. It was a popular track of a Sunday mid morning, with kids and dogs enjoying the track too. Everyone was friendly and there was not sooo many people that you wished you’d chosen another day.

The Pages and co on 15 Apr, 2018

Used to descend Mount Coot-tha as the last part of our circuit. Didn't realise how steep the steps actually are until you are walking down them.

Jess on 8 Apr, 2018

I've done this one many times as it's fairly easy, but a nice incline to get the heart racing at the same time. Beautiful views of Brisbane at any time of day, but I prefer to do this walk & reach the summit for sunrise. It's a bit dark & sketchy looking going up at this time, but I usually only see other people on the track on my walk back down at this time. Takes about half an hour to get up from the car park & less to get down.

Angie Nicole on 3 Mar, 2018

I always seem to forget how many stairs there are. The four of us completed the Summit Track in 45mins

Jess on 3 Mar, 2018

Awesome walk!! wish our fitness level was better but I was able to get a couple of really nice photos and I never gave up. We only followed this track going up and then went down a different track. Both were lovely. Really like Mount Coot Tha :-)

Moveurmojo on 21 Jan, 2018

A really enjoyable and relatively easy walk. A good way to get started after the new year. A few inclines here and there but not too steep. I walked this at a leisurely pace and it took about 1 hour return with time for a few photos at the top.

Ang on 8 Jan, 2018


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