I love it when local councils invest well in free nature experiences that are suitable for families. The bushwalk from J.C.Slaughter Falls to the summit of Mt Coot-tha is one such experience. Superbly planned and consistently maintained, this bushwalk is a must do for all Brisbane families. Make that all South East Qld families; and everyone holidaying around Brisbane.
Location: Start at J.C.Slaughter Falls, Sir Samuel Griffin Drive, Mt Coot-tha, 4066
Walking Distance: 2km to the summit, 4km return
Elevation: Approximately 200m
Time: Allow 1 – 2 hours
Costs/Permit: No cost, no permit required
Opening Times: Only closed occasionally for maintenance, toilets closed 7pm to 6am at J.C.Slaughter Falls. The summit track is closed for maintenance mid 2019, however the Mahogany Trail is a good alternative route to the summit at 2.5km.
Facilities: Gas BBQs, toilets, picnic tables, bush chapel, water taps along the track
What to take: Camera, insect repellent, money for icecreams at the summit is optional (but definitely helps create a lasting memory if you are adventuring with children)
The bushwalk from J.C.Slaughter Falls picnic grounds to the summit of Mt Coot-tha is an ideal beginners bushwalk. The track is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs, as there are many stairs; however, even small children will have success on this walk as there is so much to explore on the way. And of course the lure of ice-creams at the top can be very motivating. This would be a perfect first mountain to climb.
J.C.Slaughter Falls picnic grounds are worth spending a day at themselves. There are many parking areas, and likewise many picnic tables and gas barbecues. On weekends this seems to be the place to bring a guitar and spend an afternoon singing along with friends. Look out for Russian folk singers; they entertained our family one Sunday afternoon, helping create a memorable experience. The falls only flow after rain, so be strategic about when to visit if you are hoping to view them. Hours of fun can be had rock hopping along the creek. Be warned it can get slippery. Of course falling in just adds to the fun!
To the side of the picnic area there is a bush chapel that can be used for group events. Weddings have been held here.
The walk itself is very straight forward. The wide, well maintained path provides access for many users. It is well marked and there are water taps periodically along the trail. This track has been designed to hold-up under frequent use. Small families will take two to three times longer to ascend than descend. Every coaxing word will be worth it for the feeling of victory at the summit – and the ice-creams of course!