Mt. Coot-tha Summit Track

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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.


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

Views from the top are spectacular, what a magnificent part of the world we are blessed to live in

Steve Fitz-Payne on 25 Aug, 2017

Finally ticked this one off this afternoon after a weekend of big "I'm on holidays" meals. I was surprised at the good quality of the track and it didn't take too long at all to reach the summit. I nice bit of sweating and a rewarding view at the end :)

Dvette on 25 Jun, 2017

Start from the car park of JC Slaughter Falls, very gentle route with well-defined path. The view at the top is fantastic, suitable for family to spend a leisure half day!

Gordon Cheng on 23 Jun, 2017

Much more fun on the way downhill. Views at the top make all the effort worthwhile. Completed with a 5, 7 and a 9 yr old. Thought the Aboriginal art trail was disappointing with hard to read signs and hard to see art. No action at JC falls despite some rainfall the day before.

Ken Rafferty on 21 May, 2017

Nice and easy trail. Walked up the Summit trail and back down to JC Slaughter Falls on the Mahogany Trail. Very pleasant afternoon walk. A couple of hours - including plenty of time for a coffee at the Summit Cafe.

Bruce on 15 May, 2017

Very pleasant follows creek for the most part which after decent rain is very pretty. i also came back down the mahogany trail which makes a nice round trip.

luvwalking on 15 Apr, 2017

I do this walk every week. It is easy but the final section might be more challenging for some. The views from the top are good as the entire Brisbane area can be viewed but the lookout is often flocked by Asian tourists. It takes me 10 - 15 mins each way

0zzyDave1234 on 17 Feb, 2017

I found it hard to believe that there might be water bubblers along this track, but there they were. Fantastic! The bottom section is quite a bit like a walk through a park. Very nice I might add. However, further along it is more like a bush walk with a good path. It was a hot day, and so maybe not as many people as on other weekends, but we did still see a few.

Ian and Sue on 21 Jan, 2017

This walk is so busy with tourists, trail runners and dog walkers.

Brendan on 11 Dec, 2016

Nice walk, super easy!

jjoha on 15 Nov, 2016

Beautiful views at the top but very touristy. Extremely easy walk

xxxNickyxxx on 13 Sep, 2016

Felt this one, slightly steeper than Mt Ngungun. JC Falls would be better after the rain.

Michelle on 10 Sep, 2016

We started at the bottom of the car park which makes it about 5.3km return. Completed in 43 mins. Great path to jog down. Plenty of water bubblers along the way.
Rewarding views at the top. Love that you can take dogs.

Jess on 18 May, 2016

Great walk for the family

Teamsmith on 2 May, 2016


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