Mount Coot-tha Circuit

2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min
1 h 15 min to 2 h 15 min

8.9 km
circuit

↑ 303 m
↓ -301 m

Moderate track
Starting from the J.C. Slaughter Falls Picnic Area, Toowong, this walk takes you on a circuit in the Mount Coot-tha Reserve, visiting the said mount’s summit and J.C. Slaughter Falls along the way. This nice loop in nature provides you with all kinds of visual and aural features. You’ll be hearing birdsong throughout the journey, with the complementing sound of burbling water near the waterfall. Expect to see spectacular views over the city of Brisbane from the summit. There is a cafe and a restaurant at the top where you can take a break and enjoy a good meal, or just a coffee to sip on whilst savoring the views. This route can make for a great family trip with all the amenities provided throughout, or you can come solo and make it a fun trail run. The area tends to be busy, so come early to avoid the crowd and protect yourself from the midday sun. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of JC Slaughter Falls & Pinnacle Track (-27.4715673,152.9707906)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Mount Coot-tha Road, 5
  • Turn on to then drive for 145 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Mount Coot-tha Road, T7 and drive for another 1.5 km
  • Turn left onto JC Slaughter Falls and drive for another 130 m
  • Turn right onto Pinnacle Track and drive for another 5 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park in Jc Slaughter Falls Picnic Area, head towards the yellow gate with a “No Parking” sign on it next to a green-roofed informational signpost and toilets. Head over/around the gate and join the dirt track(pinnacle Track) gently uphill, passing by the said signpost and toilets to your right. Stay on the track as it takes you deeper into the woodland to continue along Mount Coot-tha Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of JC Slaughter Falls & Pinnacle Track Start heading along Pinnacle Track (a vehicle track).
There is a shelter (about 35 m back from the start).
After 55 m pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 580 m pass the "The Pinnacle" (45 m on your right).
At the intersection of Pinnacle Link Track & Pinnacle Track continue straight, to head along Pinnacle Track.
After another 580 m continue straight, to head along Pinnacle Track.
After another 320 m (at the intersection of Powerful Owl Trail & Pinnacle Track) turn left, to head along Powerful Owl Trail.
After another 730 m continue straight, to head along Powerful Owl Trail.
After another 295 m (at the intersection of Powerful Owl Trail & Ghost Hole Track) continue straight, to head along Powerful Owl Trail.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Eugenia Circuit & Powerful Owl Trail) continue straight, to head along Powerful Owl Trail.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Powerful Owl Trail.
After another 65 m pass the car park (20 m on your right).
After another 100 m veer left.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 380 m (at the intersection of Ghost Hole Track & Litchfield Track) continue straight, to head along Litchfield Track.
After another 25 m pass the "Gold Mine Picnic Area" (9 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the shelter (20 m on your right).
Then pass the BBQ (20 m on your right).
Then pass the water tap (20 m on your right).
After another 440 m continue straight, to head along Litchfield Track.
After another 320 m continue straight, to head along Litchfield Track.
After another 240 m pass the "Constitution Hill" (145 m on your right).
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Litchfield Track.
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Litchfield Track.
After another 350 m continue straight, to head along Litchfield Track.
After another 25 m pass the sign (115 m on your left).
After another 125 m veer right, to head along Litchfield Track.
After another 580 m continue straight, to head along Litchfield Track.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Summit Track & Litchfield Track) turn right, to head along Summit Track (a footpath).
After another 7 m (at the intersection of Summit Track & Sir Samuel Griffith Drive) turn left, to head along Sir Samuel Griffith Drive (a road).
After another 60 m turn right.
After another 35 m veer left.
After another 130 m to find the "Main Parking Lot".
This car park is wheelchair accessible.
After another 40 m continue straight.
Then pass the sign (on your left).
Then pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 20 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 20 m pass the "The Summit" (35 m on your left).
Then pass the "Kuta Cafe" (on your left).
After another 10 m come to the "Mt Coot-tha Lookout" (15 m on your right).
This viewpoint is wheelchair accessible.
Then pass the "Mount Coot-tha (One Tree Hill)" (20 m on your right).
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 170 m veer right.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Summit Track & Sir Samuel Griffith Drive) turn right, to head along Summit Track (a footpath).
After another 7 m (at the intersection of Mahogany Track & Summit Track) veer left, to head along Summit Track.
After another 50 m head down the steps (about 8 m long)
After another 510 m head down the steps (about 8 m long)
After another 10 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 145 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 165 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 180 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Summit Track & Aboriginal Art Trail) continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
After another 160 m pass the water tap (7 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to a viewpoint to better view the JC Slaughter Falls. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 4 m (at the intersection of Summit Track & Aboriginal Art Trail) veer right, to head along Summit Track.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Summit Track & Hovea Track) continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
After another 170 m continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
After another 90 m pass the toilet (65 m on your left).
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of JC Slaughter Falls & Summit Track) continue straight, to head along JC Slaughter Falls (a vehicle track).
Then cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 25 m to find the car park.
After another 6 m pass the water tap (20 m on your right).
After another 95 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
Then pass the BBQ (6 m on your left).
After another 95 m pass the shelter (10 m on your right).
After another 30 m pass the water tap (6 m on your right).
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 190 m veer left, to head along JC Slaughter Falls.
Then cross the bridge
After another 9 m come to the end.
About 25 m past the end is a water tap.

This little side trip takes you to a viewpoint to better view the JC Slaughter Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Summit Track & Aboriginal Art Trail Start heading along Aboriginal Art Trail (a footpath).
After another 160 m turn left, to head along Aboriginal Art Trail.
After another 60 m come to "J C Slaughter Falls".
Veer right, to head along Aboriginal Art Trail.
After another 15 m come to the end.
A viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 235 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Mount Coot-tha Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 8.9 km
Time 2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 3 on route, on average they are 2.2 km apart with the largest gap of 5.1 km.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 2.2 km apart with the largest gap of 6.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
-25 m[shelter]
Toilet
30 m[toilet]
Shelter
3.6 km[shelter]
Toilet
6.3 km[toilet]
Toilet
8.3 km[toilet]
Shelter
8.7 km[shelter]
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