Mount Coot-tha is must-see destination when visiting Brisbane and is a favourite spot for locals as well. Experience the panoramic views from Brisbane Lookout, located only 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. The amazing views reach all the way to Moreton Bay. if you’re a history buff, you’ll also find historical timeline information about the area right at the Lookout.
For even more gorgeous scenery, enjoy a hike along the abundant walking tracks through the national park. When it’s time to relax, grab a bite at the Kuta Cafe or the award-winning Summit Restaurant for the ultimate scenic lunch or dinner.
If the mountain peak is not high enough, explore the stars at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium! Attend a planetarium show with a tour of the night sky or visit the Display Zone for its fascinating exhibits. You can relax in the Sundial Courtyard or get a souvenir at the Galaxy Gift Shop. The Planetarium is the perfect place for star lovers, kids, and those big kids as well!
The Planetarium is located in the spectacular Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. Entry to the 56-hectare gardens is free. The gardens are a living museum, with both native and exotic plant species. Stroll through the many themed areas, including the bamboo grove, Japanese Gardens, tropical dome, fragrant garden and more! You can also enjoy the horticulture shows in the garden’s auditorium.
Opposite the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha, you’ll find the war memorial in ANZAC Park, developed in 1916 by Mr. W.C. Harding, who planted trees to commemorate fallen soldiers. At his own expense, he planted over 3,000 trees by 1919, with 1600 dedicated to fallen sailors and soldiers. Each commemorative tree has a nameplate for the soldier.
Through the years, locals have fought to preserve the park, and today the park preserves the memory of soldiers from both World Wars and multiple other conflicts and is a quiet reminder of the fallen.
On 100 acres at the base of Mount Coot-tha sits the 142-year-old Toowong Cemetery, once known as Brisbane General Cemetery, and nearly every local has a relative buried there. With tens of thousands of crypts, tombs, and gravestones, tales of ghosts abound.
There are two ghost tours available on each side of the cemetery, complete with torches and dramatic storytelling. It’s a unique, sometimes funny, sometimes chilling, experience. The Toowong Cemetery Ghost Tours are recommended for children over 10, teens, and adults.
Next fall in love with Australia’s national gemstone at the Opal Museum.