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The Mt. Coot-tha Summit

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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
60 and still adventuring !!
Published January 14th 2013
Treat yourself to what was, what is and what could be
On the west side of Brisbane sits One Tree Hill, better known as Mt. Coot-tha.

In its early beginings the Mt. Coot-tha summit was a special place to the Aboriginal people. When the early settlers arrived they too felt it special and used the popular hill as a picnic area for family outings.

from the Mt Coot-tha summit
View from the summit


Clearing the top leaving one lone Eucalyptus tree to shade the picnickers they named it One Tree Hill.

This historical tidbit and more are on placards placed around today's terraced gardens of the Mt. Coot-tha summit and bring with them a sense of stepping back into the past.

The river was as important then as it is now. She would let you see snippets of her through the trees as she does today. You would have seen ships offloading newcomers to Brisbane along with supplies they brought to the new world. Forests would have covered the areas where the city's sentinels were only a future dream.

Brisbane city from the summit
Enjoy the views


You can stand here today and see the views that reach to the Boondall Wetlands, the desert on Moreton Island, Queensland University, Mt. Barney and all places in between.

You can stand over the placard with the distant mountains lined up in front of you. See if you can find the corresponding peaks.

The Kuta cafe, named for the bush honey the Aboriginal people collected serves up an aromatic coffee to sit with and dwell over the views that take you back into history. The Summit Restaurant and Bar comes alive at night with the views lit from far and wide, complete with its own function room, showing you present day Brisbane lit up in all its splendor. You can get more information here.

More info from the BCC
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The serenity of sitting up here and reliving a little of the past lets you dream and relish the present moment as it can be peaceful, quiet and relaxing all at the same time.

Come up to the top of One Tree Hill for some of Brisbane's history, see the beauty and vastness, share the past with your future. Treat yourself to what was, what is and what could be.
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