Brisbane is Queensland’s beloved river city, our suburbs and city trail along the brown snake from Moreton Bay inland for a distance of 344km. It is also no secret that I am a die-hard Brisbane river fan (much to my Husband’s confusion).
So today, we did something different, we ventured from the river and headed up the very beautiful Mount Coot-tha, which is 287m above sea-level and has beautiful panoramic views of Brisbane.
Mount Coot-tha was originally home to the Turrbal Aboriginal people and whose name derives from the aboriginal word for honey kuta. There is a rich history of logging, goldmining and military.
It is only 7km from Brisbane CBD and there are many free activities up there, for all ages. There is also the Summit restaurant which is quite lovely (although pricey).
The last time I was at Mount Coot-tha, one of my girlfriends Meagan and I had ventured to the Summit track, which is a beautiful 2km hiking (easy) trail near the lookout area. There is a selection of sixty-six different walking trails in the Mount Coot-tha area, for all fitness levels and ages. You will normally see hundreds of runners, hikers and cyclists training up and down the area – given its cycle hill training 10km loop (so please take care driving!).
On Sunday, we decided to take advantage of the rain-free weekend (Brissie has been a bit soggy lately!) and headed off for a cost-free morning (aside from our Sunday-morning coffees – because, Sunday).
It only took 15-20 minutes for us to drive from Balmoral to Mount Coot-tha and although parking is limited, you are usually able to find a parking spot a bit further down the road. There are also buses and if you are feeling athletic, it is a really popular walk there and back!
For a list of the Mount Coot-tha tracks – click here.
Once you head back down the hill you will find the Botanic Gardens (again, free entry) and the entire grounds are just beautifully manicured and filled with something for everybody.
If you are looking for a free day out, then do as we did and pack a backpack, some water bottles, your hat, sun cream and even a picnic – there are plenty of picnic areas to visit and head off for the day!
Please remember to stick to the walking tracks, only use the designated trails, keep your dogs on a leash, don’t litter, no fires, clean up after your pets and don’t interfere with the flora and fauna.
x C x