How Many of These Awesome Brisbane Views Have You Seen?
There’s so much natural beauty to see in and around Brisbane! It’s hard to know where to start, so we’ve picked of our favourite, most breathtaking spots for views that you should be crossing off your bucket list.
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
That mountain you can see in the distance from the city? That’s Mount Coot-tha. It’s just a scenic drive along Sir Samuel Griffith Drive away heading up the peak to a stunning lookout that views bushland and the Brisbane skyline.
On a lazy afternoon, relax at Kuta Cafe & Gifts’ sun-drenched outdoor terrace and sip on a cheeky bevvie or two as you take in the scenery. For a romantic date idea, sip on cocktails or dine like kings at the award-winning Mt Coot-tha Summit Restaurant while watching the sun set and Brisbane’s city skyline light up in a dazzling display for the evening.
At sunset, Kangaroo Point is one of the best places to be, with panoramic city skyline or rocks and river views. If you get there early enough, you can scope out the good spots and get lots of photos in before it gets too dark.
Once you’ve thoroughly Instagrammed the awesome views and made your friends jealous, splurge a little and treat yourself to a beautiful Italian dessert at nearby Spizzico. Kangaroo Point is no slouch during the day too, and if you find that the ever-popular Cliffs Café is too packed for brunch, head over to Café Dockside for some totally delicious food to brighten your day.
Queensland’s oldest official lookout, Jolly’s boasts unmatched views of the Glasshouse Mountains, Samford, Brisbane Valley, and out to Moreton Island. It’s a nice little spot to set up a picnic, with picnic tables, barbecues and plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the impressive surrounds. Haven’t packed lunch? Stop off at the quaint little Boombana Café for a bite to eat instead.
If you get to Jolly’s early enough in the morning, be sure to do the relatively easy Egernia circuit walk. It’ll take less than an hour to complete taking you through eucalypt forest and subtropical rainforest, and you could find yourself serenaded by the twitter of morning songbirds.
Governor’s Chair Lookout
About an hour and half south west of the CBD, Governor’s Chair Lookout is the perfect spot for an easy day trip. From the carpark, it’s just a short walk to find the natural lookout over the glorious Fassifern Valley. Look straight ahead and you’ll see the rock known as Governor’s Chair on the edge of the cliff face.
If you’re after a more energetic hike, follow the historic Heritage Trail which will take about an hour to do the full loop. Now that you’ve worked up a sweat, it’s time to treat yourself! Grab a cold goodie from the Aratula Cafe & Icecreamery, or really splurge and enjoy fine dining at its best at the nearby two-hatted Spicers Peak Lodge Restaurant.
Head up to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for a fun day trip or even weekend away to the spectacular Conondale National Park. You will most likely need a high-clearance 4WD to get to the Booloumba Falls, and be prepared for a 3km round trip hike (we promise it’s worth it).
When you get there, you’ll be spellbound by the incredible two-part waterfall and crystal clear pools. off your magical day with some homemade Devonshire tea at the adorable Bellbird Creek Teahouse in Kenilworth, or check out the divine cheesecakes just up the road at Nanna Mcginn’s Coffee Shop.