Mt Coot-tha Reserve mountain bike trail network flood recovery works

Brisbane City Council is repairing damage to the single track mountain bike trail network in Mt Coot-tha Reserve following the February 2022 severe weather event.

The following trails are currently closed to allow works to:

  • Bandicoot Byway (between Jacksonia Track and Jacksonia to Lorikeet link)
  • Lorikeet Link (Jacksonia Track to Highwood Road)
  • Wallaby Way.

Closure information will be updated as works progress.

Project summary

This table includes the summary information for flood recovery works to the single track mountain bike trail network in Mt Coot-tha Reserve.
Address Mt Coot-tha Reserve
Ward Pullenvale
Project outcomes Maintenance and repair works of bike trails in Mt Coot-tha Reserve
Latest update Start of repair works

About the project

Mt Coot-tha Reserve offers an extensive network of diverse tracks and trails to cater for nature-based recreation activities. This includes nearly 25 kilometres of mountain bike trails.

During the rain event in February 2022, the Mt Coot-tha Reserve mountain bike trails sustained severe erosion and track subsidence.

Mt Coot-tha Reserve is a heritage-listed asset. Council will ensure that all flood repair works are completed in accordance with state and local laws and policies.

Project information

Mt Coot-tha Reserve has dedicated mountain bike trails of varying difficulty levels. Following the February 2022 severe weather event, a number of trails sustained significant damage caused by excessive rainfall and erosion as a result of high volumes of water moving down and along trail surfaces.

The damaged trails require reprofiling and drainage works and restoration of trail features. Trails which have been previously profiled with an excavator will require the use of the same machinery to restore the trail to its former condition. Trails that were originally hand-built will be repaired with hand tools with limited use of machinery.

Repairs are needed to:

  • reinstate adequate drainage to ensure ongoing sustainability and safe use of trails
  • correct and avoid further erosion damage
  • reprofile the trail surfaces to ensure their resilience to future wet weather events.

The project includes maintenance and repair works of sections on the following trails:

  • Bandicoot Byway
  • Cubberla Creek Trail
  • Death Adder Trail (south boundary access track to Pipeline Trail)
  • Echidna Trail
  • Lorikeet Link to Bandicoot Byway
  • Lorikeet Link to Highwood Road
  • Lorikeet Link (Dingo Trail to Jacksonia Track)
  • Lower Rocket Frog and Cockatoo Trail (west)
  • Pipeline Trail
  • Wagtail Way
  • Wallaby Trail
  • Whipbird Way (including the reinstatement of the boardwalk bridge).

Impacts during construction

Works will commence in late November 2022 and should be completed by mid-2023. In the event of wet weather or unforeseen circumstances affecting construction, maintenance may be extended.

Trails will be closed individually as works are carried out. Trail closure will be staggered so that users can continue to use the reserve while repairs are undertaken. Appropriate signage will be in place to warn trail users of the changed conditions.

Riders are requested to respect trail closures for the safety of the construction team and the preservation of the flood recovery works.

All work will be carried out in accordance with relevant environmental and heritage guidelines and Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts during repair works.

Residents and users of Mt Coot-tha Reserve may notice some increase in noise, dust, vibration and vehicle movements during the works. Council is committed to keeping residents informed of construction activity in the area and will provide advance notification of activities likely to cause disruption during the maintenance period.

More information

If you would like more information about this project, or to ask questions or provide feedback, you can:

  • phone the project team during business hours on 1800 884 681
  • phone Council outside of business hours on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Mt Coot-tha mountain bike trail network flood recovery
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 27 January 2023

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