Mt Coot-tha precinct projects | Brisbane City Council

Mt Coot-tha precinct projects

Brisbane City Council is progressing with planned upgrades to the Mt Coot-tha precinct in line with Our Shared Vision Mt Coot-tha 2030.

Council's vision is to embrace Mt Coot-tha as an iconic green landmark for the City of Brisbane and celebrate its biodiversity and recreational experiences and opportunities. The four-year precinct program (from 2016-2020) focusses on improving accessibility to the precinct and enhancing visitors' experience across the precinct.

Council is committed to making Mt Coot-tha a leisure and adventure precinct with the following projects:

  • upgrading the JC Slaughter Falls and Simpson Falls picnic areas
  • constructing new trails and pathways to improve the trail network
  • installing a zipline experience
  • implementing a shuttle service
  • building a new Visitor Information Centre
  • as well as other minor upgrades and improvements to existing facilities and trails.

JC Slaughter Falls picnic area upgrade

In 2018-19, Council will install a children’s nature-themed retreat area at JC Slaughter Falls. These works are expected to start in late 2018.

As part of Council’s four-year precinct program, Council has undertaken other upgrades to the JC Slaughter Falls picnic area including:

  • 2017-18 – installing new shelters with picnic seatings, new double barbeques, pathways, car park improvements, heritage bunker protection works and heritage slab improvements (including new shelters and seating). Landscaping works were also undertaken along the banks to improve water run-off and protect vegetation.
  • 2016-17 – removing the existing picnic facilities and replacing these with accessible facilities and shelters, as well as installing new gas barbeques.

Simpson Falls picnic area upgrade

In 2018-19, Council will be undertaking further improvements to the Simpson Falls picnic area which will include installing more interactive children’s artwork, line marking works at Peter’s Pound and installing additional car parking near Peter’s Pound.

As part of Council’s four-year precinct program, Council has undertaken other upgrades to the Simpson Falls picnic area including:

  • 2017-18 – creating a bookable space, including a new large shelter (sink and bench), bookable car park facilities and installing interactive children’s artwork.
  • 2016-17 – undertaking three stages of upgrades including new shelters, picnic seating, barbeques, pathways and a bridge, two new toilet blocks, improving the car parking and installing a turnaround for cars. 

Mt Coot-tha walking trails, mountain bike trails and access enhancements

In 2018-19, Council will be upgrading the Summit Track, installing new  signage on the Discovery Trail and across Mt Coot-tha. Additionally, planning for a new trail from the Botanic Gardens to the Summit will be undertaken, as well as planning for new mountain bike trails.

As part of the four-year precinct program, Council has completed the following new trails and extensions:

  • Discovery Trail and Discovery Trail extension, connecting Simpson Falls, JC Slaughter Falls, Hoop Pine and Silky Oak picnic areas – completed in 2017 and 2018. Watch a video about the Discovery Trail
  • Litchfield Trail, connecting the Summit to Gold Mine picnic area – completed in 2017
  • Mahogany Track, connecting the Summit, JC Slaughter Falls and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens – completed in 2016
  • Lorikeet Link and Crebra Climb mountain bike trails – completed in 2016 and 2017.

Zipline experience

Council’s aim is to deliver a low impact, environmentally sensitive, world-class ecotourism zipline experience at Mt Coot-tha. Planning for the project is now underway. For more information, visit zipline project.

Shuttle service

Council is committed to implementing a shuttle service at Mt Coot-tha which will provide another transport option for visitors to travel between key destinations on the mountain. Planning for the Mt Coot-tha shuttle service is currently underway and will align with the delivery of the zipline.

Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre

The new Visitor Information Centre is located within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens allowing visitors to make their way through the building as they enter the gardens.

Construction of the centre began in early December 2016 and opened to the public in September 2017. Find out more.

More information

If you would like to provide comments, ask questions or find out more about the Mt Coot-tha enhancements, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 (during business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (outside of business hours)
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Mt Coot-tha precinct projects team
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001 

Discovery Trail videos

Watch the video below of the completed Mt Coot-tha Discovery Trail. Alternative watch the video on Council's YouTube channel.

Watch the video below to see a 22 metre long pedestrian bridge being installed at Simpson Falls for the Discovery Trail. Alternatively watch the video on Council's YouTube channel.

14 January 2019