Mt Coot-tha, JC Slaughter Falls, QLD

Minutes from the Brisbane CBD, JC Slaughter Falls in the Mt Coot-tha Forest precinct is a beautiful oasis. One of Brisbane’s most popular picnic spots, it is also the starting point for many of the Mt Coot-tha Forest bushwalks.

Quick Info

Location: Mt Coot-tha Rd, Mt Coot-tha QLD, 4066

Walking Distance: 2km-15km

Elevation: Some hills, some very steep hills

Time: 1 – 2 hours or spend the whole day

Difficulty: Moderate

Costs/Permit: No cost, no permit required

Opening Times: Some tracks closed occasionally for maintenance

Facilities: Nine different picnic areas, toilets at the summit and near most of the picnic grounds (not Gold Mine picnic area), BBQs, picnic tables, 80km of trails

What to take: Water, camera, insect repellant, hat, picnic


Warning – JC Slaughter Falls may not always be flowing. They are best after heavy rain and in dry times may dry up completely. If your objective is to view a waterfall, be strategic about when to visit. That said, the area is lovely to experience at any time. Young families especially will enjoy the opportunity to try out rock hopping and exploring the creek’s nooks and crannies. January 2021 this area was completely dry. Even after a wet December there wasn’t a drop of water along this creek bed.

Bridge crossing the creek at the far end of JC Slaughter Falls picnic grounds

A short divergence from the JC Slaughter Falls Trail is the Aboriginal Art Trail. Local indigenous artists have created artworks on some rock faces that can be viewed from a purpose built viewing platform.

Aboriginal paintings can be found along the Aboriginal Art Trail

There are many sheltered picnic areas to choose from, or take a blanket and create your own spot. Set yourself up under an tree for the day and feel your soul being restored.

Some of the picnic areas at JC Slaughter Falls picnic grounds

Families could easily spend a whole day at JC Slaughter Falls and still not experience all it has to offer. So many opportunities for adventure await. Make sure you experience it soon.

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