Toohey Forest Park and Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve
Brisbane City Council's Toohey Forest Park (includes Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve) is approximately 260 hectares and 10 kilometres south of the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD). Toohey Forest adjoins bushland owned and managed by Griffith University. This park includes barbecues, picnics, views, bush walking tracks and designated shared use tracks for walking and cycling.
Toohey Forest Park offers a variety of walking tracks, multi-use trails for walking and cycling and a bikeway.
For track locations, length and grading, download the:
There are a number of picnic areas within the park:
- Gertrude Petty Place - Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive off Shire Road, Mt Gravatt.
- Mt Gravatt Outlook picnic area - top of Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive off Shire Road, Mt Gravatt.
- Mayne Estate and Toohey picnic area - Toohey Road, Tarragindi.
Mt Gravatt Outlook provides spectacular views of Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. On a clear day, you can see the Moreton Bay islands, D’Aguilar Ranges and Glasshouse Mountains. At the top is a restaurant and playground.
Gates open from 6am-7pm Monday to Thursday, and 6am-8.30pm Friday to Sunday.
Griffith University (Nathan and Mt Gravatt Campus)
Griffith University campuses adjoin the park. Visit the Griffith University EcoCentre to find out more about the environment. Phone 07 3875 7124 for opening hours and further details.
Toohey Forest is typical of the open eucalypt forests that once covered Brisbane. Rainforest species grow along creeks and in moist gullies. It is home to over 400 species of native wildlife and plant species. The forest features sandstone outcrops and is made up of a variety of eucalypt trees. The understorey has wattles, she-oaks, heath species, creepers, grasses and in sandstone areas, stands of grass trees. There is some vine forest and closed scrub along the creeks and gullies. The woodlands with heath understorey plants, grass trees and banksias, are beautiful around Griffith University.
The most threatening weeds are lantana (Lantana camara), ochna (Ochna serrulata) and cat’s claw creeper (Macfadyena unguis-cati).
Toohey Forest is home to koalas, short-beaked echidnas and lace monitors. It has more than 75 species of birds and a diversity of reptiles, butterflies and frogs. This is unique for an area with such a close proximity to the city centre.
You may see:
- possums, bats and flying foxes
- tawny frogmouths, kookaburras, grey shrikethrushes, white-throated treecreepers, rainbow lorikeets, eastern spinebills and yellow-faced honeyeaters
- lizards, goannas, skinks and geckoes
- ant nests disturbed by short-beaked echidnas.
View the Toohey Forest Park photo gallery as a slideshow, or view the photos individually as part of Council's Flickr account.
Toohey Forest is named after James Toohey, an Irishman made wealthy in the California gold rush. He selected these lands in 1872 and his family held the forests until Council gradually acquired them after 1945.
Mt Gravatt is named after Lieutenant George Gravatt who was in charge of the Moreton Bay Penal settlement at Brisbane Town in 1842.
Toohey Mountain and Mt Gravatt are made of tough quartzite formed 380 million years ago - a time when the coastline was far to the west and the region was deep under ocean. Within the cutting along Outlook Drive at Mt Gravatt, you can see the tightly folded bands of quartzite. This is an indication of the enormous forces that shaped the ancient ocean floor sediments and resulting mountains.