Mt. Coot-tha Summit Track

Mt. Coot-tha

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.

Picnic Facilities
Dogs Permitted
Horses Permitted
Cycling Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

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.


Mt Coot-tha Reserve

Route/Trail Notes:

None posted.



Other References/Comments:

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


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

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


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