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Hike a Loop in Mount Coot-tha Forest

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by Cris (subscribe)
I am an Organiser of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More on Meetup. Visit the website at https://www.meetup.com/HikingInSEQLDandMore/ is free to join all the activities posted on the hiking group.
Published October 17th 2021
The walk is a combination of three trails in Mount Coot-tha Forest to form a loop: Powerful Owl Trail, Eugenia Circuit and Simpson Falls Track. The walk is about 6.6 km long, with a maximum elevation of 249 metres. Allow about two hours walking time. You need some fitness to cope with the steep inclines, especially on Powerful Owl Trail.

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The Group Hiking South East Qld and More on the Mount Coot-tha trails. Photo by Author.


Start the walk at Silky Oak Picnic Area, just off Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. The first part of the trail is uphill and you will get your cardio up. The trail is then a mix of ups and downs until the end of the trail at the gate, just off west of the Sir Samuel Griffith Drive.

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Start the trail at Silky Oak Picnic Area. There is a small carpark and lots of parking off-road. Photo by Author.


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There are steep inclines especially on Powerful Owl trail. Photo by Author.


The Powerful Owl track is a wide track, while Simpson Falls has stairs and bridges. In particular, there is a big pedestrian bridge over a creek. Powerful Owl trail is in common with cyclists and horse riders. Simpson Falls track and Eugenia track are dedicated only to hikers.

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Photo by Author.


When you are at the end of the Powerful Owl trail, at the gate off Sir Samuel Griffith Road, retrace your steps for a little while and then turn left to Eugenia Circuit. This is a different trail, narrower and rougher in respect to Powerful Owl trail. Eugenia Circuit is a pleasant trail under the canopy of the trees, mainly downhill.

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Photo by Author.


The three trails combination in a loop offer a great walk with the opportunity to walk in the forest without driving long distances.

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Photo by Author.


You can walk on the trails of the forest in Mount Coot-tha with your dog, but it must be kept on a leash.

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Photo by Author.


The trails are clearly signposted but it may be confusing from time to time, especially because of the presence of a few interconnecting trails. Ignore all the other trails that you are going to encounter, especially when you are walking on the Powerful Owl trail.

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Photo by Author.


Powerful Owl Trail, Eugenia Circuit, Simpson Falls Track, Silky Oak Picnic Area, Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-tha Forest, dogs on leash, Kid friendly, Family friendly, Walk, Escape the City, Nature, Wildlife, Hiking, Walking, Running, Group, Steep incline, Elevation, Botanic Gardens Café, Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Sir Thomas Planetarium, Richard Randall Art Studio, Art exhibition, Botanic Gardens Café, Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Sir Thomas Planetarium, Richard Randall Art Studio, Art exhibition, Food and drinks, Coffee, Scones, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Snacks, Waffles, Eggs Benny, Vanilla Mascarpone, Chicken Burger, Steak, Ham and Cheese toasties, Cakes, Sweet, Slices, Cappuccino, Latte, Espresso, Tea, Frappe, Smoothies. Milkshakes, Red wine, White wine.
Photo by Author.


Powerful Owl Trail, Eugenia Circuit, Simpson Falls Track, Silky Oak Picnic Area, Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-tha Forest, dogs on leash, Kid friendly, Family friendly, Walk, Escape the City, Nature, Wildlife, Hiking, Walking, Running, Group, Steep incline, Elevation, Botanic Gardens Café, Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Sir Thomas Planetarium, Richard Randall Art Studio, Art exhibition, Botanic Gardens Café, Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Sir Thomas Planetarium, Richard Randall Art Studio, Art exhibition, Food and drinks, Coffee, Scones, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Snacks, Waffles, Eggs Benny, Vanilla Mascarpone, Chicken Burger, Steak, Ham and Cheese toasties, Cakes, Sweet, Slices, Cappuccino, Latte, Espresso, Tea, Frappe, Smoothies. Milkshakes, Red wine, White wine.
Photo by Author.


Personal experience

I hiked the combination of the trails Powerful Owl, Eugenia Circuit and Simpson Falls track forming a loop together the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. I started at the Silky Oak Picnic area -there is also a board with information.

Powerful Owl Trail, Eugenia Circuit, Simpson Falls Track, Silky Oak Picnic Area, Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-tha Forest, dogs on leash, Kid friendly, Family friendly, Walk, Escape the City, Nature, Wildlife, Hiking, Walking, Running, Group, Steep incline, Elevation, Botanic Gardens Café, Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Sir Thomas Planetarium, Richard Randall Art Studio, Art exhibition, Botanic Gardens Café, Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Sir Thomas Planetarium, Richard Randall Art Studio, Art exhibition, Food and drinks, Coffee, Scones, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Snacks, Waffles, Eggs Benny, Vanilla Mascarpone, Chicken Burger, Steak, Ham and Cheese toasties, Cakes, Sweet, Slices, Cappuccino, Latte, Espresso, Tea, Frappe, Smoothies. Milkshakes, Red wine, White wine.
Photo by Author.


At Silky Oak, there is a small carpark but plenty of car parking along the road. The Group enjoyed the hike very much because the combination of the three trails gave variety. Also, Mount Coot-tha is in Brisbane, so most of the hikers did not have to drive for a long time to reach the starting point of the hike. The Group Hiking South East Qld and More are a bunch of happy people!

Along the trail, I spotted Sulphur-crested cockatoos, Australian white ibises and brush turkeys. Also, I saw a few crows.

After the hike the group met at the nearby Botanic Garden Cafe for refreshments. After the coffee, a few members decided to visit the art exhibition of Richard Randall Art Studio, the Brisbane Botanic gardens and Sir Thomas Planetarium.


What to bring

Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeve, light raincoat, recommended hiking ankle supportive boots, first aid kit, insect repellent (give preference to cream or roll-on which are more environmentally friendly than the spray), hat, sunscreen, gloves, walking poles if you like to use them, socks protectors or gaiters. Consider packing some extra clothes and leave them in the car. Pack some clean footwear and socks if it is a rainy day.

For this hike, consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the bush.

Bring a medium day backpack with 2.0 litres of water, especially if it's a hot day, and snacks. During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration. You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.

Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!

The days prior the hike make sure to check:

Weather Website www.bom.gov.au


Reference
www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/things-to-see-and-do/council-venues-and-precincts/mt-coot-tha-precinct/mt-coot-tha-reserve


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I see there are a lot of trails at Mt Coot-tha. Very interesting area. Thanks for the article and photos. Cheers.
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