Join locals at this popular lookout to picnic in the parkland, or walk or cycle along the numerous recreational trails. Just about every sightseeing tour of Brisbane includes a stop at the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, including specialized tours. Take a guided trail run to the top through native bush and parkland. Or, learn about the area’s history on an Australian Aboriginal cultural tour; an Aboriginal Art Trail winds past ancient sites. For the best views of the mountain itself (and even better views of Brisbane), opt for a helicopter flight high above the city.
Things to Know Before You Go
Mt Coot-tha is a must-see for first-time visitors.
Don’t forget your camera; the lookout offers some of the best views in Brisbane.
Free Wi-Fi is available from the lookout.
Most areas of the Mt Coot-tha lookout are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
How to Get There
The lookout is 4 miles (7 kilometers) west of Brisbane’s central business district. Take the Translink Bus 471 from Adelaide Street, a taxi, or a ride-sharing service. If driving by car, you’ll find plenty of free off-street parking.
When to Get There
Mt Coot-tha offers a different experience depending on the time of day you visit. Come during the day to enjoy the outdoor recreation opportunities or a meal at the café or restaurant, or visit at night to take in the sparkling lights of the city.
Brisbane Botanical Gardens
On your way to or from the top of Mt Coot-tha, be sure to stop at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens. This 138-acre (56-hectare) green space is free to enter and includes a Japanese garden, tropical dome, playground, and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.