Chances are, if you've visited or lived in Brisbane for more than a mere week, you're most likely familiar to our iconic lookouts with beautiful views of the skyline, including Mt Coot-tha, Kangaroo Point, and South Bank. However, at certain times of the day, and especially at certain times of the year, these lookouts are likely to be packed with both visitors and locals alike - and where's the fun in that? It's time to check out some of Brisbane's lesser known lookouts, with equally stunning views! And this is where Eildon Hill Reserve comes in.
Eddy and Sam pictured at an information board including the history of Eildon Hill Reserve and much more.
Eildon Hill Reserve is located in Windsor, an inner northern suburb approximately 3.5km from Brisbane's central business district. More specifically, the reserve is accessed through Constitution Road, one of the many fairly steep and winding residential streets that make up the suburb of Windsor - Eildon Hill Reserve is literally the centre point of a string of houses, the majority of which are old Queenslanders. Windsor is no doubt a beautiful suburb, and is rich in both history and architecture.
It's worth noting that unlike most lookouts which can be accessed at any time of the day, Eildon Hill Reserve is only open from 6am till 10pm from Monday to Sunday.
Eddy and Sam at the gates that serve as the entrance to Eildon Hill Reserve, open from 6am to 10pm daily.
Visitors can opt to either drive or walk up to the top of Eildon Hill Reserve; although it is a fairly steep road, it takes approximately 2 minutes to drive up and approximately 10 minutes to walk up, at a leisurely pace. The walk itself is very manageable, and taking the slightly longer route has its perks, in the form of beautiful flora and fauna and brightly coloured walls - plus, it's good exercise too! The road is flanked by beautiful trees, giving you a taste of the vastness of the forest that made up this reserve prior to development.
With two dogs, we of course chose walking over driving!
Once you reach the top, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views overlooking Brisbane City and the surrounding ranges to Cunningham's Gap, the Taylor Ranges, the D'Aguilar Ranges, and even the Glasshouse Mountains on clear days. On special occasions when fireworks are on the agenda in the City, Eildon Hill is a great viewing spot for those interested. This lookout is particularly renowned as a spot for sunsets - from here, you can rest assured knowing that you can take the perfect shot for your Instagram feed.
As a final note, Eildon Hill has been used as a venue for various activities by local community groups and schools; in addition to being a relatively quiet place, there is also plenty of open area which is, of course, complete with a great view. If you're looking to host an upcoming outdoor event, Eildon Hill should definitely make it to your shortlist!
Plenty of open space available at the top of Eildon Hill Reserve.
Great story Jane. As always. I used to visit Eildon Hill regularly to watch the stars. I lived in a Queensland in Fifth Avenue. We were made an offer we couldn't refuse when it came time to sell. I thought of you yesterday. My daughter and I went to a restaurant cafe in Corinda. It was quite superb. Being a Friday lunch they were packed. It's called Same Same something. A man was sitting outside with his more mature pug who had his own water bowl (the pug, I mean). :) Worth a visit just for the gorgeous semi frappes. If you get a chance. Take the boys and I will meet you there. Outside and indoor tables.
Hi used to go up there when we were kids. Grew up in Maygar St in the 70s and 80s. Still remember our neighbour who was 90 something and born in Brook St telling us the local aborigines used to come down from the hill to trade bananas and stuff with them when they were kids. Seems like ancient history but really not so long ago.