Mt Coot-tha Reserve

Mt Coot-tha Reserve is located a 15 minute drive west of Brisbane's CBD. Mt Coot-tha is a Brisbane icon forming a backdrop for the city and is cherished by the community for its many and varied values. It is Brisbane's largest natural area, with more than 1,500 hectares of open eucalypt forest and rainforest gullies and creek lines. Access is from Sir Samuel Griffith Drive or Gap Creek Road, Mt Coot-tha.

Mt Coot-tha Reserve adjoins the south-eastern section of D'Aguilar National Park. These two areas of up to 40,000 hectares of forest feature spectacular views, seasonal creeks and waterfalls.

Approximately 370 wildlife species and 450 native plant species occur in Mt Coot-tha Reserve, including a number of rare and threatened species.

Visitors to the reserve have access to picnic facilities, barbecues and toilets throughout the nine different picnic areas. From the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, you can enjoy sweeping views of the city, Moreton Bay, Stradbroke Island and the southern ranges. The lookout also has a restaurant, cafe and gift shop.

Picnic areas include:

  • Gap Creek Reserve picnic area - Gap Creek Road, Mt Coot-tha (toilet facilities available)

All of the following picnic areas are accessed from Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mt Coot-tha:

  • Gold Mine picnic area
  • Range View picnic area
  • Grey Gum picnic area
  • Brush Box picnic area (toilet facilities available)
  • Simpson Falls picnic area (toilet facilities available)
  • Silky Oak picnic area
  • Hoop Pine picnic area
  • JC Slaughter Falls picnic area

Visitors to the forest can enjoy several kilometres of bushwalking, mountain bike riding and horse riding tracks or visit the nearby Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.

Track maps

You can read about and download the maps for:

Photo gallery

View the Mt Coot-tha Reserve photo gallery as a slideshow, or view the photos individually as part of Council's Flickr account.