It was proclaimed a public park in 1874 and then an
ammunition dump during World War II. From 1893 to the 1950s, mining was allowed on its slopes.
were also allowed on Mount Coot-tha in 1960 by the Brisbane
City Council. The television stations of channels 7, 9 and
located there. Though now largely a park area with some
residences along the lower slopes, facilities have been
developed on Mount Coot-tha for
the enhancement of its visitors’ nature experience.
Located at the base are the botanical gardens with a
tropical plants hothouse and the Sir Thomas Brisbane
Planetarium which were constructed in
the seventies. The
Botanic Garden occupies 52 hectares of the reserve and
showcases 20,000 plants sourced from all over the world.
Within the gardens, the Freedom Wall can also be visited,
featuring 16,000 plaques honoring those who died in the war.
This was an addition to the gardens in 1995 to commemorate
the 50th anniversary of the Pacific victory. The Botanic
Garden not only offers informative tours, it also hosts
visual arts exhibitions, concerts and other such
Another must-see is the Mt Coot-tha lookout and kiosk, which
is a favorite spot of visitors since 1923. Beside it are the
Kuta Café and Gift Shop, for informal dining and souvenirs,
and the Summit Restaurant, which is best for business
meetings and seminars. The Summit Restaurant won the ‘Best
Tourism Restaurant’ in the 1987 Queensland Tourism Awards.
Reaching the mountain peak can be made through taking the
scenic drive starting from the base and circling the
mountain until one reaches the
lookout at the peak. Visitors may also opt to take one of
the walking tracks that also showcase aboriginal arts.
Though some climbers use the more
difficult tracks to train
for the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, there are also
tracks for leisurely walking, as well as running and
Mt. Coot-tha also serves as a venue for orienteering