Toohey Forest Park and Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve
Toohey Forest Park, which includes Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve is approximately 260 hectares in size and is located 10 kilometres south of the city CBD. Toohey Forest adjoins bushland owned and managed by Griffith University.
The vegetation of Toohey Forest is typical of the open eucalypt forests that once covered Brisbane with rainforest species growing along creeks and in moist gullies and 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 with an understorey of wattles, she-oaks, heath species, creepers, grasses and in sandstone areas, stands of grass trees.
Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve is part of Toohey Forest Park and offers spectacular views of the city, surrounding suburbs, and on clear days, Moreton Bay Islands, the D'Aguilar Ranges and the Glasshouse Mountains.
Visitors can enjoy barbecues, picnicking, nature study, views and several kilometres of bush walking tracks and bike riding on designated trails.
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.
A restaurant is located at the top of Mt Gravatt Outlook, Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive, Mt Gravatt.
Things to do
- enjoy a picnic or barbecue at the picnic areas
- go birdwatching
- cap off an early evening picnic at Mt Gravatt Picnic Area with some spotlighting for gliders and tawny frogmouths
- view the wildflowers. Best viewing times are late winter and spring when the heath flowers are in bloom
- enjoy the spectacular views of the city and suburbs from Mt Gravatt Outlook, Pegg’s Lookout and Federation Lookout.
Mt Gravatt Outlook provides spectacular views of Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. The Moreton Bay islands, the D’Aguilar Ranges and the Glasshouse Mountains can be seen on a clear day.
Toohey Forest is a great place for families to enjoy the pleasures of bushwalking. There are several kilometres of tracks to follow and explore.
Griffith University (Nathan and Mt Gravatt Campus)
Griffith University campuses adjoin the land owned by Brisbane City Council. Visit the Griffith University EcoCentre to find out more about the environment.
Phone 07 3875 7124 for opening hours and further details.
Read information about the Toohey Forest Park tracks or download the track maps.
The vegetation of Toohey Forest is typical of the forests that once covered Brisbane. There is some vine forest and closed scrub along the creeks and gullies. It is predominantly forest with an understorey of acacias, sheoaks, heath species, creepers, grasses and in sandstone areas the distinctive grass tree (Xanthorrhoea johnsonii). The woodlands with heath understorey plants such as grass trees and banksias are particularly beautiful around Griffith University.
The most threatening weeds of Toohey Forest are lantana (Lantana camara), ochna (Ochna serrulata) and cat’s claw creeper (Macfadyena unguis-cati).
Toohey Forest is home to squirrel gliders, short-beaked echidnas and lace monitors. It has more than 75 species of birds, five tree-dwelling mammals 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:
- tawny frog-mouths, gliders, possums, bats and flying foxes
- kookaburras, grey shrike-thrushes, white-throated treecreepers, rainbow lorikeets, eastern spinebills and yellow-faced honeyeaters
- lizards, goannas, skinks and geckoes
- ant nests that may have been 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 Brisbane City Council gradually acquired them after 1945.
Mt Gravatt is named after Lt. 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, very old quartzite formed 380 million years ago 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 – an indication of the enormous forces that shaped the ancient ocean floor sediments, and resulting mountains.