Mt Coot-tha Reserve Mountain Bike Concept Plan project

Brisbane City Council is growing your Brisbane lifestyle by working with the community to develop the Mt Coot-tha Reserve Mountain Bike Concept Plan.

Council has prepared the draft concept plan, which is a high-level plan, and all proposed facilities are subject to detailed assessment, design and future budget for delivery. The draft concept plan aims to balance between offering residents opportunities to enjoy Brisbane’s beautiful climate and outdoor areas while also protecting our natural environment for the future.

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Delivering a concept plan is a key action of the Brisbane Off-Road Cycling Strategy, which is a city-wide strategy that guides long-term investment in off-road cycling facilities for children, adults and families within Council’s bushland reserves and parks.

Project summary

Address Mt Coot-tha Road, Mt Coot-tha Reserve
Wards Pullenvale, The Gap, Paddington, Walter Taylor
Project outcomes Deliver a Mt Coot-tha Reserve Mountain Bike Concept Plan
Latest update Council has concluded community feedback on draft concept plan

Project background

Brisbane has the richest biodiversity of any capital city in Australia, with more than one-third natural habitat cover and over 2100 parks. Brisbane’s wetlands, bushland reserves and natural habitats form an important part of our city’s outdoor lifestyle where residents relax, gather with family and friends and experience nature.

Mt Coot-tha Reserve is a Brisbane icon that forms a backdrop for the city and is Brisbane City Council's largest natural area. The reserve is a highly popular recreation area offering a variety of outdoor activities.

The reserve also possesses significant environmental and heritage values, including Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. The Queensland Heritage Register lists several places within the reserve as significant including a large part of the forest itself. Offering significant habitat for native flora and fauna, the reserve is also the home of several threatened and endangered species such as the Powerful Owl and Koala.

Mt Coot-tha Reserve offers an extensive network of tracks to cater for outdoor recreation activities including 23.5 km of mountain bike tracks, 31 km of shared use tracks and 18.5 km of walking tracks. The reserve is also a popular place to picnic with friends and family and enjoy scenic views of Brisbane.

In 2003, Council created the first, and currently the only, designated location for mountain bike riding on single tracks in Brisbane at Mt Coot-the Reserve. The reserve continues to be a popular location for mountain bike riding, and during peak times the level of use is above what Council designed the track to accommodate.

In 2022, Council launched a new Trail Care program at Mt Coot-tha Reserve to support mountain bike track maintenance. Council’s Mount Coot-tha Trail Care program works with passionate community members to monitor and maintain trails to ensure they are safe and sustainable. The program aims to foster a community of riders who encourage riding behaviours that protect the trails and surrounding environment.

The high demand for mountain bike tracks in Mt Coot-tha Reserve has led some visitors to construct unauthorised tracks. By providing well-planned mountain bike tracks and sustainable facilities that offer a range of riding experiences, Council anticipates building of further unauthorised tracks will decrease. Council will continue compliance and education to address the construction of unauthorised trails.

About the project

While developing the Brisbane Off-Road Cycling Strategy, Council invited the community to provide ideas and feedback on off-road cycling opportunities. Council has used these ideas and feedback about mountain bike riding to help inform the Draft Mt Coot-tha Reserve Mountain Bike Concept Plan.

When developing the draft concept plan, Council considered a range of factors including mountain bike track use and preferences, emerging trends and new technologies. The conservation of the natural environment and significant habitat was also a key consideration of the concept plan.

The draft concept plan aims to encourage mountain bike riders to get outdoors and have fun while getting fit and healthy by providing a well-planned, accessible network of safe, low-impact and sustainable facilities to meet the growing needs of the mountain bike community. The draft concept plan does not propose any changes to existing walking tracks or removing pedestrian access to existing shared use tracks.

The draft concept plan is a high-level illustration on a map showing possible, proposed mountain bike facilities and opportunities in the broader Mt Coot-tha Reserve for the purposes of community consultation.

Frequently asked questions

To find more information about the draft concept plan and mountain biking generally, download our Frequently asked questions (Word - 882kb).

Community consultation 

Council has now closed consultation on the draft concept plan and would like to thank members of the community that participated in our survey. Council is now reviewing community feedback to help develop the final concept plan. 

Register for updates

You can register to receive project updates via our online form.

Project timing

Council released the draft concept plan for community consultation in late 2022. Council is now reviewing the community feedback to help develop the final concept plan.

More information

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Last updated: 31 October 2022

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