For the most spectacular views of Brisbane, head to the observation deck at Mount Coot-tha. Panoramic views stretch from the cool mountain ranges in the distance to the glittering waters and islands of Moreton Bay. At night, the black velvet of the starlit sky seems to meld into the twinkling lights of the city below. Nestled in the natural bushland of Brisbane Forest Park and accented by beautifully manicured gardens, the contemporary Summit Restaurant and Bar takes full advantage of the exceptional views. For a more casual dining experience, Kuta Cafe offers visitors an ever-changing menu complemented by the sensational views. Wander through the heritage-listed building, admire the original features and view the timeline of photos showing how the facilities have changed over the years. There are several picnic areas and a handful of walking tracks located around the lookout. Follow the Aboriginal Track to Slaughter’s Falls, keeping your eyes open for a glimpse of some original Aboriginal tree carvings and rock paintings. Getting There: Mt Coot-tha Lookout is located at Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, approximately 7km west of the city centre. Take Milton Road from the city or the Western Freeway north from Ipswich. Bus number 471 departs from stop 22 on Adelaide Street in the city. The bus stops at both the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens at the base of the mountain and at the summit lookout at the top. Disabled Accessibility: Public and disabled parking is available at the lookout and at the entrance to the Botanic Gardens. Accessible male and female toilets are located at the Tropical Dome and near the lookout. The Gardens, cafe and restaurant each have ramp access. Some of the gradients throughout the botanic gardens and the park can be steep and assistance may be required.
Mount Coot-tha Park
Address: Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane
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