Mount Coot-tha Simpsons Falls Circuit

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Mt Coot-tha Reserve

Mount Coot-tha Simpsons Falls Circuit is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

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The trail is great for trail running and walking at only 15 minutes from the city withs great views of Brisbane and surrounding area from various vantage points along the mostly scenic tracks, especially when there’s water in the creek. It runs through mainly open eucalypt forest, with some rainforest gullies and creek lines and there are 370 fauna species and 450 native flora species in the area, so keep your eyes peeled while en route. The route has 4 sections on various walking tracks: Section 1: Paten Road to Maculata Track. A rocky fire trail and some single track that is a little strenuous minor technical steep ascent. Section 2: Maculata Track. A fabulous fast flat section - barefoot heaven, it is flat, easy and non-technical. Section 3:Stringy-Bark Track to Simpsons Falls Track. It runs along well maintained single track nice downhill through the beautiful Coot-tha bush into the lush area of Simpsons falls, it is non-technical descent via rock stairs. Stop off here for a rest at Simpson Falls Picnic Area. Section 4: Road return. A not very scenic return along the road but it is necessary to create the loop.

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Matthew German
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xoe Attridge
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Decent loop, nice steep start then fairly steady. A bit messy towards the end on bitumen.

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Peter Goggin
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Water in the creek!!

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Brandon Erasmus
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Awesome!

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Doggy Po
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Simpson Falls combined with Eugenia tracks are Mt Cootha’s most scenic tracks, especially when there’s water in the creek.

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Angelique Peters
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Gary Bryson
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not easy to follow the correct trail, we did a shortened loop.

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Jonathan Davies
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Not very interesting and large part on road. Simpson falls picnic area has been renovated so track a bit confusing.

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Tessa Ruth
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Ashutosh Arun
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Chris Walsh
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too much walking along the road

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Bronwyn Chandler
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Great hike mix of easy to moderate

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Bek Oneall
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Mike Greene
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My bad, watch out For bike riders.

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Katie Maltby
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Nice on a cool, overcast day. A few mountain bikes and not a lot of people but that was probably due to the weather as there was rain forecast. There didn’t seem to be a huge variety in flora or fauna. Eugenia circuit part was probably the prettiest, although quite a flat established path. Good if you want to get some exercise in close to the city but I probably won’t do it again, especially with having to walk a distance by the road.

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Kaitlyn Neve
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Susan Jones
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Nice trail that gets the heart rate going featuring rocky inclines and descents. Not too many people, but look out for cyclists, no cyclists signs are clearly marked but we nearly got collected by one. Heard lots of bird life but saw no wildlife.

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Taema Fasavalu Lewis
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Mark C
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Good trail, not too hard or easy. Moderate to quiet usage once you are off the first part to the falls. Lots of friendly people, although as usual in Mt Coot-tha too many selfish dogs owners with dogs off leash along with some responsible ones too...

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margit m
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Recommend for people that want to walk as exercise. Lots of nice ups and downs, nothing too hard. Only the first km is rough, the uphill will for sure give a nice heart rate. The trail itself was mostly wide. Some times really rocky and loose, especially coming down from the hill at the end, be careful! My watch showed that we walked 7,3km in total and that took 2h and 10mins, walked rather slower. Saw 36 people in that time, mostly at the end and in the beginning, wouldn’t say it’s much traffic for that length.

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Lucas Moura
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Easy, good for all ages, near the city

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Kirsty J
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Easy walk through the National Park. Can be slippery when wet due to mud and rocks.

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Frank Fontaine
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Did this one in pouring rain as we reached the falls. Lots of water in the creek. Really nice. The road section is not so fun but there are no other trails to close this loop.

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Karla Starcevic
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Douglas Craick
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Not recommended for running. Too much loose pebbles & stones to pick up any speed. Otherwise an average walking trail. Nothing special & Simpsons fall is usually dried out

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Caroline Gaston
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Was nice until you had to walk along the road. Should have doubled back & just went back the way I came to stay in the national park itself

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Robert Gallagher
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Good distance for kids over 10. Close to the city and the Gap Tavern for lunch afterwards.

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Ben Blundell
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great fun little trail run once you get past the road section.

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