There’s a mountain of things to see and do at Mt Coot-tha

Botanic Gardens Tropical Dome

We’re creating more to see and do in a city that is clean and green, so you can enjoy Brisbane’s beautiful climate while connecting with the people and places that make our city great. Spend a weekend exploring top activities the Mt Coot-tha green leisure precinct has on offer for all tastes, ages and abilities at Brisbane’s iconic location and retreat for nature-based recreation and relaxation.

Botanical bliss

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha is a clean and green oasis tucked away in Brisbane’s west. Immerse yourself among native and exotic plants, wildlife and the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees in the world. Find your zen in the Japanese Garden, Bamboo Grove and Tropical Display Dome. Or, try the free guided walks leaving the Visitor Information Centre daily at 11am and 1pm.

Walk (and ride) on the wild side

Mt Coot-tha Forest has an abundance of walking tracks and mountain bike trails, with new tracks and improvements recently completed and yet to come. Explore some of Brisbane’s best bushwalks, catch the city views on the Mahogany Trail or make your way to JC Slaughter Falls for a picnic.

A green leisure precinct for everyone

Council is giving you more ways to enjoy Mt Coot-tha with new picnic areas, walking trails and more trees for an all-round great day out. As well, a proposed scenic zipline, skywalk and canopy tour to top it off. We’re making it easier to access Mt Coot-tha with a new visitor centre, disability access and more car parking linked by a free dedicated shuttle bus so watch this space.

Pack a picnic

Teddy bears have the right idea! Mt Coot-tha has nine picnic areas, so whether you’re looking for a place to host a family event or prefer a more romantic one-on-one, pack a hamper and enjoy Brisbane’s beautiful climate out amongst Mt Coot-tha’s green space. You’ll have trouble choosing a spot from the rocky outcrops and rushing water at JC Slaughter Falls, the summit lookout for a moonlit feast or one of many tree-shaded picnic sites scattered around the mountain. If you’d prefer someone else to do the cooking, why not dine-in at Kuta Café or Summit Restaurant instead?

Look to the stars

Get out of the sun and under the night sky at Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium at the foot of Mt Coot-tha. Take in a show at the Cosmic Skydome, learn from the interactive displays, buy a keepsake at the Galaxy Gift Shop and marvel at the Sundial Courtyard. Night owls can get their entertainment fix on Fridays and Saturdays, with exciting live ‘spaceflights’ set to thrill a captive audience.

Culture corner

It’s easy to be inspired when you’re surrounded by Mt Coot-tha’s beauty. Visit the Richard Randall Art Studio and get crafty at one of the workshops and exhibitions on offer. Find solitude at Mt Coot-tha Library among a collection of world-class literature, and for the little social butterflies, join along at one of the Storytime events in the Gardens.

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Last updated:24 October 2019
Topics: things to do