Simpsons Falls and Eugenia Circuit

Mt. Coot-tha

This track begins at Simpson Falls Picnic Area. It is excellent for wildflower viewing in late winter and spring when the golden wattles and purple hoveas of the open forest understorey burst into bloom. Links with the Eugenia Circuit

Picnic Facilities
Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

Corner of Sir Samuel Griffith Drive and Simpsons Road. Follow the driveway to the end and park near the picnic area.


Route/Trail notes

Head down the stairs from the car park into the picnic area. You will cross a creek and then head to the back left corner of the picnic area (western end). If you walk straight out from the bridge over the creek, you will hit a footpath. This will also lead out to the start by following it to the left.

Follow the track, up some stairs, parallel to a creek and you will get to the head of the falls. Don't cross the bridge over the falls, keep going, then turn left at the first junction to go onto the Eugenia Circuit. Keep taking lefts at junctions, and eventually you will get to a gravelled service road that you have to follow up for a while. The back end of the Eugenia circuit will be signed to the left of the gravel road eventually.

The Eugenia circuit eventually leads to the other side of Simpsons Falls. You can either follow the original track back to the picnic area or take a slight detour. To get to the detour don't cross the falls but look to your right while facing the falls. There should be a little goat track you can find that eventually puts you out behind the creek closer to the carpark.


Took my cavoodle dog on this walk and she loved it. falls weren't flowing but she played in the rock pools at the top. There is a steep uphill section on Eugenia and loose rocks on the ground. It took me 2 hours but with stops along the way for the dog to sniff (and me to catch my breath). I wouldn't class this walk as easy.

Rach on 28 Aug, 2022

Nice walk, will do again!

Daia on 25 Aug, 2022

Well maintained track, upper part with bitumen.

Wanderlust on 23 Jan, 2022

Good walk but very busy on Saturday morning.

Cory Hoesing on 28 Feb, 2021

Good for exercise

Penny on 29 Jan, 2021

Beautiful walk as always, nice views of the city following a usually dry creek through eucalypt forest

Angus Small on 10 Aug, 2020

A LOT harder than I expected for an easy walk. It was straight up for the first km..... and then more straight up later.....
Focus Species - Hard Aspen (Acronychia laevis), Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius)

Bec288 on 11 Jul, 2020

Really decent walk. Couple of steep sections, not overly challenging. Theres a number of different ways you could go on these tracks - good variety.

Shaun on 27 Jan, 2020

Interesting walk. Good exercise. Lots of birds.

Jude on Sep, 2019

Pretty walk with lots of birdlife, not very difficult. Will need to go back to explore some of the other tracks (came out at Brush Box)

Lilly on 12 Jun, 2019

Good walking access to the North of Mt Cootha forest via the Simpsons falls track, other trails such as Eugenia branch off at the falls in several directions. The falls were just trickling into swimming holes when we went but wasn't especially impressive, it'd been raining a fair bit the last week. Good amenities at the carpark

Angus Small on 26 Apr, 2019

This circuit was our first time walking at Mt Cootha. We parked at the first small carpark we came to, not realising there was a bit of a walk to the start of the track. You can keep driving down the road to the Simpson Falls picnic area.

The track itself was varied with a few ups and downs to keep things interesting. There were many people of all ages out on the track.

It would be a hot one to do in summer, we were lucky it was overcast and did actually rain when we were about 1/2 way around the circuit.

Lydia B on 19 Apr, 2019

Great 1-2 hour walk. varying vegetation types as you go around. Can stop at Grey Gum parking area halfway around the track if you want to fill up water bottles/use bathroom etc. Falls are a trickle unless its been raining.

Lobster on 24 Dec, 2018

Very nice walk, quite slippery at some steeper places on the gravel

Linda on 13 Jan, 2018

Easy, falls were very dry so not much to see

rob.bushman on 10 Dec, 2017

Really nice walk so close to the centre of Brisbane.

Brendan on 19 Aug, 2017

Parked at the car park beside channel nine and walked in from there on the Power Owl trail. Not strictly the Euginia track but walked down to the Simpson Falls and returned same. Track is easy to follow but broken up badly in places. Combined this with the short Ghost Hole track that brought me back to the car park. Very hot as I walked these around midday. Ghost Hole track is in good condition and is an easy walk👍👍

Woody on 15 Aug, 2017

Good running trails, done it many times.

Marcin Piotrowski on Jun, 2017

After a hiatus from exercise over the Christmas break, this was the track I needed to 'get back on track'.
I'm impressed by those who jog it in the afternoons but I can't understand why so many people take their dogs off-leash on these types of tracks when they're not allowed to have dogs at all.
I look forwarded to doing this walk again after a bit more rain and the falls will flow a bit more, as well as enjoying a bit of mud on the walk to decorate my pants.

Dvette on 8 Jan, 2017

Nice walk. Well signposted

SandieW on 6 Jun, 2015


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