About 6 km west of Brisbane’s central business district you’ll find Mount Coot-tha, formerly known as One Tree Hill. One night, Chris & John drove me to the lookout point on the 287 meter hill where we found absolutely gorgeous nighttime views of the Brisbane metropolitan area.
How about that fish eye lense?
For eats with a view, check out Kuta Cafe & Summit Restaurant just adjacent to the lookout point. For hiking enthusiasts (i.e. not this gal), there are also tons of walking trails to explore in the daytime. (Given Australia’s predisposition to deadly poisonous creepy crawlies, I’m happy to only venture into the woods during the day when I can actually see what’s coming at me.)
Brissie in the moonlight
For a stunning daytime bird’s eye view, we checked out Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast’s Hinterland. At 62 km outside of Brisbane, it’s a bit more of a drive than Mt. Coot-tha, but the quaint wineries, galleries, antique shops and dreamlike views of the Gold Coast make it worth the trip.
Look, Mom! That’s not me! Aren’t you proud?
The area’s fertile volcanic soil is famous for its kiwi, avocados and macadamia nuts, all of which you can buy locally at a great price. For a more adventurous afternoon, Mt. Tamborine is also an ideal launching pad for gliders and mountain bikers.
Up next… Sunny & Goldie, Up Close!