Toohey Forest Park and Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve | Brisbane City Council

Toohey Forest Park and Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve

Toohey Forest Park, which includes Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve is approximately 260 hectares and 10 kilometres south of the CBD. Toohey Forest adjoins bushland owned and managed by Griffith University.

You can enjoy barbecues, picnics, views, bush walking tracks and bike riding on designated trails.

Walking track information and track map

Toohey Forest Park offers a variety of walking tracks and mountain bike trails. Download the Toohey Forest Park track map (PDF - 1.3Mb) for track locations, length and grading.

Alternatively, you can download the Toohey Forest Park track information (Word - 94kb).

Special features

Picnic areas

There are a number of picnic areas within the park:

  1. Gertrude Petty Place - Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive off Shire Road, Mt Gravatt.
  2. Mt Gravatt Outlook picnic area - top of Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive off Shire Road, Mt Gravatt.
  3. Mayne Estate and Toohey picnic area - Toohey Road, Tarragindi.

Mt Gravatt Outlook

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.

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.

Flora and Fauna

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 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 disturbed by short-beaked echidnas.

Photo gallery

View the Toohey Forest Park photo gallery as a slideshow, or view the photos individually as part of Council's Flickr account.

Toohey Forest Park

History

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 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 quartzite formed 380 million years ago. The 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.

19 October 2018