Mt Coot-tha precinct projects

Brisbane City Council is protecting and enhancing Mt Coot-tha, by creating a green leisure precinct with more trees, picnic areas and walking trails. 

The four-year precinct program (from 2016-2020) focuses on improving accessibility to the precinct and enhancing visitors' experience across the precinct through the following projects:

  • constructing new trails and pathways to improve the trail network
  • upgrading the J.C. Slaughter Falls and Simpsons Falls picnic areas
  • implementing a shuttle service
  • building a new visitor information centre
  • as well as other minor upgrades and improvements to existing facilities and trails.

By improving Mt Coot-tha, we'll protect what we love about this Brisbane icon, while creating more to see and do.

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

In mid-March 2019, Council began upgrading the Summit Track. The project aims to improve accessibility of the trail, which runs from J.C. Slaughter Falls to the Summit Lookout.

The Summit Track works include:

  • resurfacing the track to Bush Mate (path surfacing material)
  • upgrading the stairs
  • installing new handrails
  • installing a new information shelter.

To facilitate the upgrade, the Summit Track has been temporarily closed during construction until mid-2019, weather and conditions permitting. This is to ensure the safety of the community. Signage is in place to advise of the track closure.

There may be other short-term disruptions to the access of the Hovea Trails and facilities in the area during construction.

The Mahogany Track is an alternative track which links the Summit and J.C. Slaughter Falls picnic area. Refer to our track map for more information. 

Council will also be:

  • installing new signage on the Discovery Trail and across Mt Coot-tha
  • undertaking planning for a new trail from the Botanic Gardens to the Summit
  • planning for new mountain bike trails.

Completed trail works

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, J.C. 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 , J.C. Slaughter Falls and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens - completed in 2016
  • Lorikeet Link and Crebra Climb mountain bike trails - completed in 2016 and 2017.

J.C. Slaughter Falls picnic area upgrade

In early March 2019, Council began works to install a children’s nature-themed retreat area at J.C. Slaughter Falls. These works are expected to be completed by mid-2019.

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

  • 2017-18 – installing new shelters with picnic seatings, new double barbecues, 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 barbecues.

Simpson Falls picnic area upgrade

In early March 2019, Council began further improvements to the Simpson Falls picnic area. These works will include installing:

  • more interactive children’s artwork
  • additional car parking, including line marking 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 – three stages of upgrades including new shelters, picnic seating, barbecues, pathways and a bridge, two new toilet blocks, improving the car parking and installing a turnaround for cars. 

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.

Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre

The new visitor information centre is located within the Brisbane Botanic 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 884 681 (during working hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (outside of working 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 of the completed Mt Coot-tha Discovery Trail. Alternatively, watch the video on Council's YouTube channel.

Watch the video of the installation of the 22 metre long pedestrian bridge at Simpson Falls for the Discovery Trail. Alternatively watch the video on Council's YouTube channel.

Last updated:26 April 2019
Topics: mt coot-tha