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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 1.6K from Mount Coot-Tha

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 3.0K from Mount Coot-Tha

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 3.0K from Mount Coot-Tha

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 3.9K from Mount Coot-Tha

D'Aguilar National Park


D'Aguilar National Park is a huge, diverse park of scribbly gums and lush rainforest, sprawling over the hills and Mountains at Brisbane's back door. From the parks information centre join in a fun and informative Connect with Nature activity, or explore the wildlife displays at the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre. Enjoy great lookouts, walking tracks and picnic areas, also remote secluded camp sites for experienced walkers and navigators. At Jolly's lookout (wheelchair accessible), cook a barbecue while taking in the views over Samford Valley and listening to early morning birdsong. At Boombana, take a short rainforest walk among strangler figs and climbing vines.

In the northern section of the park inspect the remains of the antique sawmill in the Gantry day-use area. Fit walkers can hike the Somerset trail to enjoy views of Somerset and Wivenhoe lakes. The rockpool at Rocky Hole is surrounded by eucalypt forest and is a great place for a cooling swim in summer. Campers can stay at Neurum Creek or the more remote Archer campground (four-wheel-drive access only).

This huge park is a treasure trove close to Brisbane, offering a circuit drive of 90 minutes through a range of natural habitats.




Walkabout Creek Visitors Centre,
60 Mount Nebo Road
The Gap, QLD, 4061

Located 4.4K from Mount Coot-Tha

Walkabout Creek


Walkabout Creek features a visitor centre, the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre and a wedding/conference centre and cafe. The Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre provides detailed information on D'Aguilar National Park and also showcases many of South East Queensland's national parks through a virtual lookout platform that provides a spectacular panoramic viewing experience.

The South East Queensland Wildlife Centre showcases some of the incredible biodiversity of South East Queensland and is home to various reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and mammals. It features nocturnal wildlife in a night-house and also has a walk-through aviary. The wildlife centre is one of the few wildlife displays exhibiting one of the world's most fascinating mammals-the platypus. The wildlife centre is open 9.00 am to 4.30 pm, seven days a week, with the exception of some public holidays.

Walkabout Creek's Connect with Nature program offers a range of nature-based activities and events every season for families at Walkabout Creek; and a school's program featuring environmental education activities, designed to suit the Australian curriculum.





Walkabout Creek Visitors Centre,
D'Aguilar National Park,
60 Mount Nebo Road
The Gap, QLD, 4061

Located 4.5K from Mount Coot-Tha

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 4.7K from Mount Coot-Tha

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 4.8K from Mount Coot-Tha

Rosalie Village


Rosalie Village is a compact, attractive pocket of Brisbane that is a well kept secret of the locals. But just ask anyone who comes here, and they'll tell you what it may lack in size, it more than makes up for in quality.

Steep tree-lined hills display hundreds of colourfully renovated Queenslanders houses that make perfect breezy hillside homes, as well as providing some of the best city views. In a perfectly quaint way, locals have crafted some into the perfect little bar, cosy restaurant or chic boutique.

Famed for its creative yet accessible eateries, Rosalie Village takes the food lover on a pleasant journey of discovery. There's a range of international cuisines, plus a sumptuous delicatessen, numerous cafes, a dessert lovers paradise and a 'to die for' ice-cream parlour. Popular at any time of day, try visiting at night, when the lights are twinkling in the street and the suburban village atmosphere is humming.

A unique highlight of Rosalie Village is a boutique cinema that boasts intimate screening rooms, an in-cinema dining service and, of course, a leading selection of art house and blockbuster movies.






Nash Street,
Corner of Baroona Road
Paddington, QLD, 4064

Located 5.2K from Mount Coot-Tha

Paddington Antique Centre


The Paddington Antique Centre is an iconic building on Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. This heritage listed building has been used as an antique centre since May 1985, and has been managed by the current owners since October 2008. With more than 50 dealers in the centre, visitors can always expect a great variety of stock.

The collection includes English, Australian, French and Asian furniture, collectable costume and estate jewellery, vintage and retro clothing and accessories and lighting. Additionally, the Centre showcases antique Australian pottery, clocks and watches, photographic equipment, china, glass, silver, linen, buttons, military, rustic European, arts and crafts, art nouveau, art deco and much more.







167 Latrobe Terrace
Paddington, QLD, 4064

Located 5.2K from Mount Coot-Tha

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