While the summit of Mt Gravatt is a fabulous place to experience sunset, sunrise is best viewed from Federation Lookout which is located about 300m before the summit.
Location: Mt Gravatt Lookout Drive, Mt Gravatt Qld, 4122
Walking Distance: 2km
Elevation: approximately 100m
Time: 1 hour
Cost/Permits: No cost, no permit required
Opening Times: Vehicle access to the summit is restricted overnight. Gates at the bottom of Mt Gravatt open around 5am, close 7pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30pm Friday to Sunday.
Facilities: public toilets at the summit opened around 5am, Federation Lookout, Lovewell Cafe (open 7am-3pm closed Friday and Saturday)
What to Take: Water, insect repellent
Brisbane City Council restricts access to the summit of Mt Gravatt overnight. A gate along Mount Gravatt Lookout Dr, near the intersection with Shire Rd, prevents vehicle access to the summit before dawn. On street parking is available before the gate. Pedestrians and cyclists can still access the road and walking tracks in the pre dawn hours.
Due to the formation of the top of Mt Gravatt, there isn’t an ideal place to view sunrise from the summit. Sunrise is best viewed from the platform at Federation Lookout. The walking track to Federation Lookout is along a loose gravel track that is very steep just prior to the platform. The views are definitely worth the effort.
Federation Lookout track takes you past water pipes that have been beautified by enviro artist, Frida Forsberg. It is always heartening to witness what was previously an eyesore transformed into a feature.
My day is always better when it starts with embracing sunrise.