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Mount Coot-tha, which is 287 metres above sea level, has the highest peak in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[1] Mount Coot-tha forms the eastern extent of the Taylor Range
Taylor Range
and is a prominent landmark approximately six kilometres (3.7 mi) to the west of the Brisbane
Brisbane
central business district. Visible from much of the city, Mount Coot-tha is a popular bushland tourist destination including the Brisbane
Brisbane
Botanic Gardens and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, as well as a mountain drive, bike trails, parks including a waterfall, and television and radio towers.[2] Mount Coot-tha is the source of Ithaca Creek. Mount Coot-tha is also a suburb in the City of Brisbane.[3] The suburb does not house any residents.[4][5]

Contents

1 History 2 Heritage listings 3 The Lookout 4 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive 5 The Mount Coot-tha Reserve 6 Television
Television
and radio towers 7 Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens 8 Walking tracks 9 Mountain bike trails 10 Transport 11 Facilities 12 See also 13 References 14 External links

History[edit] Before the Moreton Bay penal settlement, Mount Coot-tha was the home of the Yugarapul Aboriginal people.[6] Early Brisbane
Brisbane
people called it One Tree Hill when bush at the top of the hill was cleared except for one large eucalypt tree. The Aboriginal people of the area used to come to the area to collect ‘ku-ta’ (honey) that was produced by the native stingless bee. Mount Coot-tha ( Honey
Honey
Mountain) is a derivative of the indigenous term which replaced the former title ‘One Tree Hill' in 1880 when the area was declared a Public Recreation Reserve. The Mount Coot-tha Library opened in 1975.[7] Heritage listings[edit] Mount Coot-tha has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Sir Samuel Griffith Drive: Mount Coot-tha Forest[8] Sir Samuel Griffith Drive: Mount Coot-tha Lookout[9]

The Lookout[edit] Main article: Mount Coot-tha Lookout Mount Coot-tha is one of Brisbane's most popular tourist destinations and is a popular stop with bus tours. Of particular note is the Lookout, which includes the Kuta Cafe, Summit Restaurant, and Gift Shop.

360 degree view of Brisbane
Brisbane
City from the Lookout

Brisbane
Brisbane
at night from the Lookout

The lookout, restaurant and cafe allow for panoramic views of the City. A function centre adjoins the restaurant. Well-known British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore
Patrick Moore
gave a night-time public lecture about the stars of the southern hemisphere at the lookout in 1988, in conjunction with Patrick Moore
Patrick Moore
being a guest speaker at a dinner of the Southern Astronomical Society at Toowong
Toowong
in Queensland.[10][11] During World War II, anti-aircraft guns and searchlights were located on the lookout.[12] Mount Coo-tha was also the site of US Naval Ammunition Depot (Navy 134) supplying submarines at the Capricorn Wharf at New Farm (Teneriffe) in Brisbane.[13][14] Sir Samuel Griffith Drive[edit] Sir Samuel Griffith Drive is a tourist drive circling the peak, providing access to the lookout, cafe, gift shop and restaurant. The scenic drive, from the base of Mount Coot-tha to the lookout, is a winding, climbing journey that has views of the greater Brisbane
Brisbane
area and of the mountains and coastline that disappear into the horizon. The Mount Coot-tha Reserve[edit]

Kuta Cafe (left), and Summit Restaurant (right), at the Mount Coot-tha lookout

The Mount Coot-tha Reserve contains more than 1,500 hectares of natural bushland, including J C Slaughter Falls
J C Slaughter Falls
along Ithaca Creek, as well as native wildlife.[6] Mount Coot-tha Reserve also shares a border with Brisbane
Brisbane
Forest Park, which adds a further 25,000 hectares.[6] Television
Television
and radio towers[edit] On a ridge near the summit on the other side of Mount Coot-tha, are the television transmission towers for the Brisbane
Brisbane
television stations and their respective studios; Ten (TVQ-10), Nine (QTQ-9), Seven (BTQ-7). The transmission tower for (ABC Brisbane) is located on the mountain, which also broadcasts television for multicultural station SBS and Brisbane
Brisbane
community television channel 31 Digital. Most of the FM Brisbane
Brisbane
radio stations also transmit from Mount Coot-tha. Part of the Brisbane
Brisbane
suburb of The Gap is located on the foothills beneath the television towers. Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens[edit]

Japanese Gardens at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

At the base of Mount Coot-tha are the Brisbane
Brisbane
Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha, which has a tropical plants hothouse and also the Sir Thomas Brisbane
Brisbane
Planetarium within its grounds. Walking tracks[edit] There are several popular walking tracks around Mount Coot-tha, one of which includes an art display comprising works produced by local Aboriginal artists. The tracks vary in difficulty, with most involving some uphill sections or steps. Tracks around Mount Coot-tha are often used by hikers training to walk the Kokoda Track
Kokoda Track
in Papua New Guinea as the terrain and climate are considered similar. On 20 November 2005, one of the Mount Coot-tha trails, the Currawong
Currawong
trail, was renamed the Kokoda trail in honour of the Australian soldiers who marched the Kokoda Track
Kokoda Track
during World War II. During World War II, the hill was used as a military base by the RAAF
RAAF
and the US Navy. It was converted to a vast explosives depot and at one stage held more than 120 000 tonnes of explosive weapons. When darkness fell the lookout bristled with search lights in an amazing display as soldiers kept an eye out for enemy planes. Mountain bike trails[edit]

View of the cityscape from the Mount Coot-tha Lookout

The Western side of Mount Coot-tha Forest
Mount Coot-tha Forest
or Gap Creek Reserve as it is known to the locals is a haven for Brisbane
Brisbane
mountain bike riders. The establishment of a world class mountain bike trail network by the Brisbane
Brisbane
City Council has created a diverse range of recreational experiences for off-road cyclists. The mountain bike trails at Mount Coot-tha have been assigned a grading under the International Mountain Bicycling Association, Trail Difficulty Rating System. The multi-use trails in Mount Coot-tha provide the least degree of technical challenge to mountain bike riders, however many of them are steep and loose. Riders are advised to pay special attention when riding over the erosion control banks (water bars) which have been the downfall of many a novice rider. The trail ratings provide a guide to the relative difficulty of each trail. The multi-use tracks are used by horses, pedestrians and mountain bikers. Each year orienteering events are held in the area. Transport[edit] Mount Coot-tha can be reached by Brisbane
Brisbane
Transport Bus 471 (Translink) or the Brisbane
Brisbane
City Council's CitySights Bus. A short taxi ride from Toowong
Toowong
is also possible. There is limited car parking at the peak. Facilities[edit] Mount Coot-tha has a public library on Mt Coot-tha Road in the Brisbane
Brisbane
Botanic Gardens operated by the Brisbane
Brisbane
City Council.[15] Unlike most public libraries in Brisbane
Brisbane
which have general collections, this library holds a specialist collection about botany and astronomy and related topic reflecting its locations within the botanic garden and the Brisbane
Brisbane
Planetarium also on the site.[16] See also[edit]

Queensland
Queensland
portal

Flora of Brisbane List of mountains in Australia

References[edit]

^ "Mount Coot-tha - mountain (entry 8326)". Queensland
Queensland
Place Names. Queensland
Queensland
Government. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  ^ Visit Mt Coot-tha Brisbane
Brisbane
Tourist Guide. Retrieved on 7 November 2013. ^ "Mount Coot-tha - suburb in City of Brisbane
Brisbane
(entry 46114)". Queensland
Queensland
Place Names. Queensland
Queensland
Government. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  ^ Katherine Feeney (2 August 2012). " Brisbane
Brisbane
booming in the middle and round the edges". Brisbane
Brisbane
Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2 August 2012.  ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
(31 October 2012). "Mount Coot-tha (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2016.  ^ a b c Mount Coot-tha Forest
Mount Coot-tha Forest
track map — ( Brisbane
Brisbane
City Council) ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 11. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.  ^ " Mount Coot-tha Forest
Mount Coot-tha Forest
(entry 602446)". Queensland
Queensland
Heritage Register. Queensland
Queensland
Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.  ^ "Mt Coot-tha Lookout & Kiosk (entry 601564)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland
Queensland
Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.  ^ Southern Astronomical Society — Astronomy
Astronomy
Astronomical Events Archived 3 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Taylor Range
Taylor Range
Observatory. P.E. Anderson. January 2000. ^ Dunn, Peter. "ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS AND SEARCHLIGHT UNITS ON MOUNT COOT-THA, BRISBANE, QLD DURING WW2". Australian @ War. Retrieved 20 May 2013.  ^ Dunn, Peter. "US Naval Base Headquarters (Brisbane), Navy 134, in Australia
Australia
during WW2". Australian @ War. Retrieved 2 April 2017.  ^ " US Navy
US Navy
Submarine Base, Capricorn Wharf, Macquarie St., New Farm, Brisbane
Brisbane
during WW2". Retrieved 2 April 2017.  ^ "Mount Coot-tha Library". plconnect.slq.qld.gov.au. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 2018-01-22.  ^ "Mt Coot-tha Library". Brisbane
Brisbane
City Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 

External links[edit]

University of Queensland: Queensland
Queensland
Places: Mount Coot-tha Mount Coot-tha Mountain Bike Trails Info Mount Coot-tha Lookout Mt. Coot-tha (Government website)

Coordinates: 27°28′50″S 152°57′15″E / 27.4806°S 152.9541°E / -27.4806; 152.9541

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