Must Do: View The City Lights From Mt Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha is best known for its spectacular views of Brisbane city from its lookout. Approximately only a short ten-minute drive from the CBD of Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha is a great spot to go for a quick or lengthy visit during the day or at night. Personally, I would recommend going both during the day and at night to see the contrasting landscape as night falls over Brisbane.

On top of the lookout, there is a small café and gift shop, as well as the Summit Restaurant — which can get fairly busy as it is often considered to be a romantic restaurant with great views. The views and romantic feeling of the place are also the reason why you will often find newly weds getting their wedding photos taken on top of the look out.

While the lookout is the star of the show, Mt Coot-tha does have more to offer; Mt Coot-tha is home to the broadcasting stations in Brisbane (including seven, ten and nine) and also has a few parks, treks and picnic areas including JC Slaughter Falls and Simpson Falls. There are also plenty of places to pull over and park on the mountain road, which also offers great views, and tends to be filled with plenty of people during the annual Brisbane RiverFire.

See additional photos from Mt Coot-tha.

20 Brisbane Must Do’s

Queensland is turning 150 next year and the RACQ has started the 150 Campaign where they are promoting 150 great Queensland Experiences. Being a large state a vast portion of the 150 experiences are out of reach for a day trip or even a weekend trip, and others are just not that interesting. I have compiled a shortlist from the 150 to come up with 20 Brisbane (or close enough to be a day or weekend trip from Brisbane) must do’s and a few Queensland like to do’s.

Over time I am going to be creating a new post entry for each item, along with Flickr photos, in order to track what I have done and to give my opinion on each one. I will also update this list with links to the posts, striking out any completed items. Although I have already done several of the items I may do them again simply because they were that good or because I’m lacking photos of them.

20 Brisbane Must Do’s (no particular order):

  1. Australia Zoo, Beerwah
  2. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  3. Dive The Great Barrier Reef
  4. Carnarvon Gorge
  5. Explore Girraween National Park
  6. Great Walk, Fraser Island / Take A Trip To Fraser Island
  7. Riverfire
  8. Discover The Natural Beauty At Springbrook
  9. Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island
  10. Tuck Into A Steak At Brekky Creek Hotel
  11. Lamington National Park
  12. Workshops Rail Museum
  13. View The City Lights From Mt Coot-tha
  14. Glass House Mountains
  15. Underwater World, Mooloolabah
  16. Story Bridge Adventure Climb
  17. Lose Yourself In The Bunya Mountains
  18. Try Zorbing
  19. View The Coastline From The Deck Of Q1
  20. Shopping At The Queen Street Mall

Queensland Like To Do’s (no particular order):

  1. Tour Sirromet Winery
  2. Whitehaven Beach
  3. Sea Kayak Along The Whitsunday Islands
  4. Paronella Park
  5. Join A Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour At Cape Tribulation
  6. Mini Moke Around Magnetic Island
  7. Relax At A Result On The Great Barrier Reef
  8. White Water Rafting, Tully River