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Chapel Hill: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha


Brisbane will come at you with riverside vistas around almost every corner, but it takes a short drive from the city centre and a few twists and turns up Sir Samuel Griffith Scenic Drive to find the city's best angle.

Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha provides a remarkable vantage point to view Brisbane and beyond.
Set amongst beautifully manicured gardens and nestled in the natural bushland of Brisbane Forest Park, is the Summit Restaurant and Bar, Function Centre, Kuta Cafe, Gift Shop and Observation Deck. Interpretive facilities pointing out well-known Brisbane landmarks are located on the observation deck. On a clear day, you can take in striking views of Brisbane City and right out to Moreton Bay. By night, the spectacle switches on with the city lights and star-lit skies.

There are also a handful of bushwalks around the vicinity of the Lookout. Take the Aboriginal Track down to Slaughter's Falls and keep your eye out for some original Aboriginal art. Mt Coot-tha is also scattered with picnic areas fully equipped with gas barbecues.





Sir Samuel Griffith Drive,
Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Mount Coot-tha, QLD, 4066

Located 2.2K from Chapel Hill

Graceville Memorial Park


Graceville Memorial Park is better recognised for cricket ovals, complete with grandstand similar to the WWI memorial grandstand at Bulimba, yet it offers its own tributes to heroism, living and man-made.

Prior to the then Sherwood Shire's war memorial unveiling in November 1920, 52 bunya pines and cotton trees were planted along Plumridge and Appel streets, commemorating its war dead, 51 soldiers and one nurse. They were among 265 enlisted local men and seven nurses.

A 5.5 metre high cenotaph, created by AL Petrie with a copper scroll made by Norwegian craftsman Ernest Gunderson, was unveiled by Lieutenant Edwin Maurice Little of Corinda, a blind and maimed returned soldier. The polished grey granite column set on a light grey granite pedestal is crowned by a polished ball, etched with a map of Australia and the word 'ANZAC'.

An avenue of bauhinias, cabbage tree palms and Chinese elms was planted either side of a drive from Oxley Road leading to the memorial within the park reserve. A single line of figs and camphor laurels continued west from the memorial towards Appel Street.

The reserve has been officially known as Graceville Memorial Park since 1926. Plaques commemorating subsequent conflicts have been added.




173 Oxley Road
Graceville, QLD, 4075

Located 3.1K from Chapel Hill

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 85 years of experience and 130 koalas. In 2015 Lone Pine was inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame for five consecutive years of excellence.

Interact with 100 species of Australian animals, with hands-on experiences and presentations. Hand-feed kangaroos and wild lorikeets, or get cuddly with a beautiful koala. Lone Pine is also home to two platypus, residing in a AUD1 million exhibit, who will entertain you with their playful antics.

Relax and take in the beautiful surroundings, while you use the free wi-fi which is available all throughout the park. Wireless phone charging stations are also available for customer use at no charge. Three new bloggers areas are now open, providing guests with comfortable seating, USB power stations and free, high speed wi-fi.

Unwind with an organic coffee in the "Koala Forest" surrounded by 40 koalas, or catch the action in the Bird of Prey Free Flight Show! You can also enjoy a real Australian outback farm experience at the daily Sheepdog and Sheep Shearing Show, performed by experienced award-winning sheepdog handlers and their loyal dogs.





708 Jesmond Road
Fig Tree Pocket, QLD, 4069

Located 3.9K from Chapel Hill

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium


In 1978, the Brisbane City Council opened Queensland's first planetarium. The Planetarium is named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, a Governor of New South Wales in the 1820s.

The Planetarium is located within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. It is a 15 minute drive from the Brisbane City centre.

Explore the Universe in the Cosmic Skydome, astronomy displays in the Gallery and spacecraft models in the Foyer - and see the replica Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 spacesuit. Skydome shows cover topics from the Solar System to Black Holes, and each finishes with a tour of the Brisbane night sky, presented by a staff astronomer. Weekend and holiday schedules include shows especially for children. The Mini-theatre has a continuously-running 30-minute NASA presentation on topical earth and space sciences, updated daily.

The Galaxy Gift Shop has a range of items to suit all budgets, including fun, scientific and educational toys, astronomy books, meteorites and fossils.

Entry to the building and displays is free; charges apply to Skydome shows. Special rates for concession holders, families and groups of 10 or more. Bookings strongly advised, especially during Queensland school holidays.

So much to see and do!





Brisbane Botanic Gardens,
Mt Coot-tha Road
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 4.0K from Chapel Hill

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha


The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha are Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens. These 52 hectare gardens are situated seven kilometres from the city centre, and offer a variety of environments and natural wildlife. The Gardens also offer a picturesque venue for a wedding.

The Botanic Gardens are open every day, and entry to the gardens is free. Visitors can enjoy free guided tours Monday to Saturday at 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. (public holidays excluded). Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha features Japanese Gardens and a Freedom Wall monument; The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is also located on the grounds.

The Botanic Gardens have a fully licensed restaurant and cafe - Botanical - with a capacity of 150 people. Dining is a breath of fresh air in a relaxing and tranquil setting in the midst of the beautiful gardens. Modern Australian cuisine is served in the main restaurant with light snacks, devonshire teas and ice creams available from the cafeteria.




Mount Coot-tha Road
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 4.1K from Chapel Hill

Perrin Park


Perrin Park is a local park with great facilities for kids. Located in the inner-city suburb of Toowong, there are bicycle tracks, picnic areas, a rebound wall and a playground with a pedal powered cars on on a circular track. There is also an area for dogs to be let off their leashes.




56 Josling Street
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 4.2K from Chapel Hill

Toowong Cemetery


Toowong Cemetery is Brisbane's largest and most grand burial site. Undertake a tour of this vast necropolis, resting place of 117,000 souls, discover the history of death and dying in Southern Queensland, hear local ghost stories and tales, told by your ghost host, Lily, as she explores the realm between this world and the next. Please note that costs apply for the tours.

Be warned - this can be a very eerie journey.




Milton Road,
Corner Frederick Street
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 4.7K from Chapel Hill

Toowong Memorial Park


Toowong Memorial Park, home to Western Districts Rugby Football Club, can be packed with spectators in season, unaware of historic tributes just metres from the footy oval, towards Brisbane River.

Parliamentarian EM Macartney officially opened Toowong Memorial Park on 7 September 1918 in honour of the 101 locals who enlisted in WWI. Decorative wrought iron memorial gates were erected to mark the park's official opening.

Beyond, on the summit of a ridge, is the 12 metre high Toowong Soldiers' Memorial, unveiled by Governor Sir Matthew Nathan on 2 July 1922. A fluted column with a Queensland marble drinking fountain at its base, surrounded by carved wreaths and swags, this memorial's base provides a valuable roll call of local involvement, naming all who enlisted on three marble slabs.

A commemorative avenue of palms was planted in 1918. A large section was relocated in 1993 to run parallel to Sylvan Road from the car park, curving gently towards the memorial gates.

Dawn ANZAC Day services proceed along this avenue, gathering at a more recent RSL memorial cairn, inside the gates.




65 Sylvan Road
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 5.0K from Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill: Events

Rotary Fun Run - Seventeen Mile Rocks


Rotary Fun Run/ Walk - for Charity

Distance: 1km Kids Dash (10 yrs and Under), 5km Walk / Run, 10km Run /Walk Fun Run Brisbane. A shady course that is in a beautiful park alongside the Brisbane River. Enjoy a traffic free Fun Run with fruit and water available at the end.
This is a great Brisbane event as there is something for everybody. This is a prefect family event. Kids, prams, Grandparents even the family Dog are welcome. There is a 1 km Dash especially for the 10 and under age group - you are welcome to run/walk with your young one also. Prizes are given for all races and ages and there are random draw prizes too.

The event has a great atmosphere with coffee, sausage sizzle and other stalls. There is free fruit and water for the runners/walkers too. The Rotary Fun Run raises funds for charities; the major beneficiaries are The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre, BeefBank and the Rotary Drought Relief Appeal.


Event Dates
2016
      22nd May


5 Counihan Road
Seventeen Mile Rocks, QLD, 4073

Located 4.6K from Chapel Hill

Great Brisbane Bike Ride


The Great Brisbane Bike Ride (including Coot-tha Challenge) is the feature event of Bike Week, an annual week-long celebration of cycling.

On the GBBR, there's a challenge for bike riders of all abilities. Riders can choose from a 40km, 75km or 110km route, starting and finishing on Riverside Drive at West End. All riders will follow the general direction of the Brisbane River on a road route towards the Gateway Bridge, before climbing over the Brisbane landmark and heading back towards the City via Kingsford Smith Drive and the Inner-City Bypass which will be closed to motor vehicles.

The 75km and 110km routes also give riders the option of taking on the famed Coot-tha Challenge - a timed 2.3km, 9 per cent climb up and around Mt Coot-tha. Last year, 1,500 riders took the ultimate test by tackling the mountain.




Event Dates
2016
      15th May


Riverside Drive
West End, QLD, 4101

Located 5.7K from Chapel Hill

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