Mt Coot-tha zipline | Brisbane City Council

Mt Coot-tha zipline

The development application for the Mt Coot-tha zipline project has been approved.

The zipline is a commitment of Council and forms part of Our Shared Vision Mt Coot-tha 2030, which aims to:

  • reinforce Mt Coot-tha as the premier destination for ecotourism, as one of Brisbane's iconic tourist attractions
  • to solidify Brisbane's global reputation as Australia's New World City.

It is also part of Council’s commitment to creating a leisure and adventure precinct at Mt Coot-tha.

Mt Coot-tha zipline fly-through

Watch this video to find out more about the project. Alternatively, you can watch this video on Council's YouTube channel.

Summary

Address Mt Coot-tha Reserve
Ward Pullenvale Ward
Project outcomes To deliver a low impact, environmentally sensitive, world-class ecotourism zipline experience.
Latest update

The development application was approved on 1 February 2019. The feedback period on the Draft Land Management Plan closed on 31 December 2018

About the project

Location and design

Brisbane-based company Zipline Australia, will design, build, operate and maintain the zipline. The proposed zipline design, subject to permits and legal tenure, will consist of three experiences:

Treetop canopy tour A treetop canopy zipline tour of approximately 1.5 km taking small groups of eight to 12 from treetop platform to treetop platform using zipline technology. The tour will also provide a guided learning experience of Mt Coot-tha’s flora, fauna and Indigenous cultural heritage.

It will start west of the lookout and finish to the west of JC Slaughter Falls.

Scenic zipline tour A combination of six parallel lines that allow friends and family to jointly share the experience of traversing 1.1 km from the Summit lookout to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in a single span without any intermediate ground impact. A second span of 340 metres will cross the Melaleuca Lake within the gardens.

The scenic zipline tour celebrates Brisbane as a New World City. It will also offer spectacular views of:

  • Brisbane
  • the bay, and
  • distant ranges.
Indigenous cultural heritage tour and skywalk A guided experience that tells the story of Indigenous life prior to colonial settlement. This will use the 349 metres suspended bridge walk.

It will be an engaging walking tour exploring things such as bush tucker and Aboriginal stories.

Constructed will take place above JC Slaughter Falls and will link the treetop canopy tour and the arrival centre.

The arrival centre will be situated at the former Legacy Way workforce car park located on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. It will include administration and operations for the zipline. The proposed arrival centre includes 102 off-street car parks zipline customers. This separate carpark complements more than 130 existing on-street carparks. A shuttle service is proposed, not only for zipline customers but also for the general public. This will improve accessibility and connectivity around the mountain. It will also ease traffic congestion and the impacts to existing carpark facilities.

Land Management Plan 

Land management plans are a requirement of the Queensland Government for certain parcels of trust land managed by trustees, such as Councils. Trust land is a collective term used to describe state-owned land, which has been reserved or granted in trust under the Land Act 1994 for a particular purpose.

The Draft Land Management Plan will provide the Queensland Government with information regarding the proposed establishment, under a new trustee lease.

The Land Management Plan will: 

  • provide a framework for Council to inform site planning, decision making and strategies for Mt Coot-tha 
  • assess the suitability of the site’s proposed development, future use, management and maintenance in the context of the trust land’s purpose and capabilities, the community’s priorities and the Brisbane City Plan 2014
  • provide clear information to the Queensland Government on future planned development for Mt Coot-tha, in line with requirements of the Land Act 1994 
  • identify and address current and future land management issues, including vegetation management, flora, fauna, capital works, sanitation, stormwater, bushfire management, transport and parking, as well as visual amenity and heritage 
  • assist Council in the management of tenure over Mt Coot-tha.

Submissions for community feedback was open from Monday 26 November to Monday 31 December 2018.

You can view a copy of the Draft land management plan that was available during the consultation period. Please note, the Draft land management plan is currently being updated to include feedback received. Once the update is complete, the final Land Management Plan will be sent to the State Government for review and approval.

Development application

Council submitted a development application on 3 September 2018 to ensure the zipline meets planning standards while having minimal impact on the environment, amenity and local community. The development application was approved on 1 February 2019. The application is available to view via Brisbane Planning and Development Online, application number A005011420.  

An external planning company produced the development application, which addresses all codes and statutory requirements through extensive detailed technical reports by qualified experts.

These technical studies include:

  • planning report
  • ecological assessment
  • owl and raptor study
  • vegetation management plan
  • arboriculture impact assessment
  • traffic impact assessment and design
  • bushfire risk, hazard assessment and management plan
  • acoustic (noise) impact assessment
  • heritage impact statement
  • visual impact assessment
  • landscape plans
  • architectural plans
  • construction methodology
  • site based stormwater management plan
  • social and economic assessment.

The public development application notice period was open from Monday 26 November 2018 until Friday 14 December 2018.

For more information about the development application process, phone Council’s Development Services on 07 3403 8888.

Community engagement

Since the announcement of the zipline project in 2016, Council has undertaken an extensive amount of non-statutory pre-lodgement community engagement. This included:

  • information on Council’s website and in the city-wide Living in Brisbane publication
  • project contact information
  • community information sessions
  • stakeholder meetings
  • two newsletters to over 55,000 residents.

Council will continue engagement with the community as the project progresses.

Environment

A key principle of the zipline project is to:

  • have minimal impact on the environment
  • promote the ecological and cultural values of the site.

As part of the development application, it has been identified selective trimming and removal of trees and shrubs will be undertaken in isolated pockets across a 1.94 hectare area in 1600 hectare Mt Coot-tha Forest. In accordance with Council’s offset planting policy, a program of planting native vegetation will occur through the project to ensure a net gain in native vegetation.

As part of the development application, an independent owl expert completed a raptor study. A key recommendation of the report is to realign the treetop canopy tour to approximately 100 metres from the Powerful Owl habitat. As such, the treetop canopy tour has been realigned to facilitate this. Also, an additional alignment has been added to the treetop canopy tour, accommodating for native wildlife and the conservation of the environment. The use of this alignment will happen seasonally to minimise impacts on fauna habitat.

Project benefits

The Mt Coot-tha zipline will:

  • increase the awareness of the environmental, cultural and Indigenous values of the precinct through sensitive, informed guided experiences
  • provide a unique experience, never seen before in Brisbane
  • provide $232 million worth of economic benefits to South East Queensland over 30 years by encouraging international and domestic tourism
  • contribute to the range of local recreation experiences
  • provide opportunities to reinvest in precinct-wide improvements and programs
  • provide local employment opportunities with 112 new full time equivalent jobs in South East Queensland, including an Indigenous partner plan
  • promote healthy lifestyle through increased activity levels
  • provide safety and accessibility improvements across the mountain.

Project timing

2016-2017 - complete Tender process (including Market Sounding Process and Request for Proposal)
December 2017 - complete Award of zipline proponent
3 September 2018 - complete Development application lodgement
26 November to 14 December 2018 - complete

Public notification period for the development application

Feedback invited on the draft Mt Coot-tha zipline land management plan (end of December)

1 February 2019 Development application approval
Mid to late -2019 Start of construction (subject to permits and legal tenure)
2019 Treetop canopy tour open to the public
2020 Scenic zipline tour and skywalk open to the public

More information

For more information you can download the:

If you would like to find out more about this project or about the development application, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

19 February 2019