Mount Coot-tha from Bush Chapel

1 h 15 min to 2 h 15 min
45 min to 1 h 15 min

4.3 km
return

↑ 166 m
↓ -166 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park near the Bush Chapel in J.C. Slaughter Falls Picnic Area, Toowong, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Coot-tha and back via the Summit Track, visiting the J.C. Slaughter Falls with a side trip. The city of Brisbane looks gorgeous from the top of the mountain, and the cafe and restaurant up top lets you savor the views while keeping yourself fed & energised. The track has lots of water fountains and is paved with gravel all the way, so you can take your whole family(including your dog) along. Don’t miss out on the waterfall if you’re here after some rain. Also, the bush chapel near the start features a hand-made sandstone pulpit and the whole setup has a rustic feel to it. The area tends to be busy, so come early to avoid the crowd and protect yourself from the midday sun. This can be made into a one-way trip if you arrange someone to pick you up from the summit. 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 (-27.4735976,152.966897)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Frederick Street, 5
  • Turn on to Birdwood Terrace then drive for 980 m
  • Turn right onto Birdwood Terrace and drive for another 240 m
  • Turn left onto Birdwood Terrace and drive for another 15 m
  • Turn right onto Birdwood Terrace and drive for another 380 m
  • Continue onto Birdwood Terrace and drive for another 40 m
  • Turn right onto Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, T7 and drive for another 75 m
  • Turn left onto JC Slaughter Falls and drive for another 560 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 60 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park across the Bush Chapel in J.C. Slaughter Falls Picnic Area, head along the paved road gently downhill as you pass by a green “Bush Chapel” sign to your left. Pass over the creek crossing and veer left towards the yellow gate with a green directional signpost next to it. Head around the gate and join the walking track(Summit Track) as it veers slightly right. Follow the said track as it crosses East Ithaca Creek twice before the J.C. Slaughter Falls side trip to continue along Mount Coot-tha from Bush Chapel Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along JC Slaughter Falls.
After 20 m pass the water tap (10 m on your left).
After another 6 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 3 m (at the intersection of JC Slaughter Falls & Summit Track) continue straight, to head along Summit Track (a footpath).
Keep left and head around the yellow gate.
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
Keep left.
After another 175 m pass the toilet (65 m on your right).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Hovea Track & Summit Track) continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the J.C. Slaughter Falls viewpoint. Come after heavy rainfall for a better experience. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Aboriginal Art Trail & Summit Track) veer left, to head along Summit Track.
After another 175 m pass the water tap (7 m on your left).
At the intersection of Aboriginal Art Trail & Summit Track continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
After another 90 m continue straight, to head along Summit Track.
After another 65 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 460 m head up the steps (about 8 m long)
Then pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 520 m head up the steps (about 8 m long)
After another 55 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 110 m continue straight.
After another 60 m pass the sign (on your left).
Then pass the water tap (on your left).
About 15 m past the end is a toilet.
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
About 35 m past the end is "The Summit".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.2 km to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Mt Coot-tha Lookout".
This viewpoint is wheelchair accessible.
About 20 m past the end is "Mount Coot-tha (One Tree Hill)".
About 20 m past the end is "Directional Plaque".

This little side trip takes you to the J.C. Slaughter Falls viewpoint. Come after heavy rainfall for a better experience.
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
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Mount Coot-tha from Bush Chapel


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.3 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 2 h 15 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) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.4 km apart with the largest gap of 2.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
295 m[toilet]
Toilet
2.2 km[toilet]
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