Mt Coot - tha is a mountain as well as suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The mountain is 287 metres above sea level and forms part of the Taylor Range. It is formerly known as One Tree Hill, is a natural bushland reserve and non-residential area. It is a "must see" for all visitors to Brisbane. There are breathtaking views of Brisbane City out to Moreton Bay by day and a abundance of glittering lights at night.
Mt Coot-tha is an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of honey' its names this because the Aboriginal people of the area used to come to the mountain to collect ‘ku-ta’ (honey) that was produced by the native stingless bee.
Mt Coot-tha offers wonderful views of the city and surrounding areas from its lookout 8 kilometres West of the city. You can see as far as the Glass House Mountains to the North, Gold Coast hinterland to the South and Moreton and Stradbroke Islands to the East. Mt Coot-tha is also a great place for walking. There are various trails giving spectacular vies of the scenery, and an Aboriginal art Trail where you can see tree carvings and rock paintings.
At the foot of the mountain are the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, containing around 20,000 species of plants. You can visit the gardens everyday from 8.30am - 5.30pm and join a tour at 11.00am or 1.00pm (not Sunday). As well as hosting a Japanese garden, rainforest and tropical dome, you will also find the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium with afternoon shows between Wednesday - Sunday.
You can get to Mt Coot-tha on bus number 471 which leaves from the corner of Adelaide and Albert Streets between 9.15am and 3.15pm, with the last returning bus at 3.50pm. The bus drops you at the base of the mountain so be prepared for an uphill trek. Alternatively hop on the City Heights Tour leaving at 2.00pm from Adelaide Street in the city.
Mt Coot-tha is a very popular spot all year round as there are a range of activites available and there is such stunning scenery.