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Mount Coot-tha Lookout, Brisbane

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Lookout Tourist Spot
The Mount Coot-tha Lookout provides panoramic views of Brisbane and its environs. Bus tours often stop here, and you can easily reach the Lookout with Bus 471 from the city. Signs point out key landmarks to give you a lay of the land, and you can eat at either the cafe or restaurant should hunger strike. Use our Brisbane itinerary planner to visit Mount Coot-tha Lookout on your trip to Brisbane, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Had previously done in the daytime, but at night time. It was a night view overlooking Brisbane, the only tall building in the heart of Brisbane that is understood well. It is hard to go without a car the night.
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  • Good to get there early to get a parking space. I did the Russell Terrace walk. Not an easy walk as it's very steep on the way back. I loved it. Great fitness activity & then looking out at Brisbane a...  more »
  • We went here on our first day of visiting Brisbane and we were very lucky to have a sunny clear day. We went to the cafe whilst up there and had lunch looking over the city. It was beautiful and calm....  more »
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  • Superb view. Must do for overseas visitors to Brisbane. Great view. Parking can be a bit hard, but enjoy the walk. Medium priced cafe and a higher priced restaurant gives enough choice. Watch out for speed traps 2/3 up the mountain! Besides, you shouldn't speed - esp. as it's a tourist place with heaps of pedestrians and cyclists.
  • This place is truly an experience I would recommend if you are visiting Brisbane. First of all, the views at the top of the lookout point are absolutely incredible. A view of almost the entirety of Brisbane, offering just spectacular sightseeing. The hike on the way up is a bit of a challenge if you aren't prepared. Just make sure you bring plenty of water and wear good shoes. There are some negatives that are worth noting too though. The crowd at the top of the lookout point can sometimes get overwhelming and dense at busy times, so I would suggest coming early morning or late afternoon, plus it's not going to be so hot out. If you're looking to come up and grab lunch at the top too, then you might want to think again, since the food is quite overpriced, and for the quality, it definitely doesn't offer good bang for your buck. If you aren't bothered by large crowds or expensive food though, then I would definitely recommend this to you.
  • This is a great place for breakfast on a sunday morning. Of course the views of Brisbane are superb, the food and coffee are nice (including gluten free options) and there is a wonderful energy about the place. It's very popular so get in early!
  • View from cootha lookout is outstanding, never seen such a nothing. Drive up is amazing, anti-climax even better. Definitely recommend. Locals tell view is even better when it's not foggy and raining. Doubt if good weather can top this. Free WiFi, free parking, ice cream for sale.
  • Great view overlooking the city. Take care walking back down to the city because the paths are not clearly marked. (The path is good for walking but does not have good enough signage in some areas)

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