Stunning views of the city both day and night (especially at sunrise and sunset) will keep you coming back to Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve. A variety of walking tracks and a small but fun partially fenced playground will also keep families busy on their visit. Oh and the onsite cafe will keep little tummies full and coffee cravings fulfilled.
Mount Gravatt Lookout, Cafe and Playground
Even though Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve only has a small playground, suited to younger Brisbane Kids, there is much to do in the area and it’s a great spot for a family picnic. The playground includes a sway swing that can be accessed in a wheelchair, as well as swings, a climbing net and rockers protected from the sun by a large shade sail.
There is grassy space to run around and lots of large shade trees.
Mount Gravatt Summit Picnic area can be accessed by road or by hiking. The road up to the summit is a very popular ride for cyclists.
The Summit Picnic Area at the top of the mountain is the main picnic area with city views; there is also Gertrude Petty Place picnic area which is located at the bottom of the mountain. The accessible toilets are at the Summit Picnic Area. Both picnic areas have picnic tables and lots of opened green space to put down a blanket. There is plenty of parking in both areas.
Lovewell Cafe, located at the top of the mountain is a social enterprise cafe attached to the Lovewell Foundation, a social enterprise cafe supporting vulnerable woman. The cafe has great food, coffee and delicious ice cream. It is open everyday – weekdays 8am to 3pm and weekends 7am to 3pm. The kitchen closes at 2pm.
Bushwalking Trails at Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve
Most of the walking tracks are moderate grade, with a couple graded easy and one hard. The reserve provides a home for native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, including koalas. The trails are lined with beautiful eucalyptus trees, brush box, native grasses and ferns.
There is a brand-new walking track which also has fabulous views of the city. It connects the Goodenia Track to the water reserve off Shire Road.
Map of Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve
To help navigate the area, you can find a map of Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve here.
Imagination Factor at Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve
The nature element and the expansive views in this area are a major drawcard, especially for Brisbane Kids wanting an adventure. Bigger Brisbane Kids can explore the bushwalking trails, keeping a lookout for wildlife. Smaller Brisbane Kids will feel like the king of the castle as they survey their kingdom from this high vantage point.
Mount Gravatt Outlook reserve is a popular place to view city fireworks and if you plan to take advantage of these views for this purpose then our advice is to get here early.
Accessibility at Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve
Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve picnic areas are accessible for prams and wheelchairs with designated parking and accessible toilets. It might be possible to walk parts of the easy grade tracks with a wheelchair or an all-terrain pram but hilly sections and loose rocks could make it difficult.
Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve features
- Rubber base
- Sway swing, suitable for wheelchair use
- Infant swing
- Climbing net
- Accessible toilets
- Picnic tables
- City views
- Onsite cafe
- Easy, moderate and hard bushwalking tracks
- Onsite parking including disability parking
- Note – the gates to the summit are locked at 11pm.
Another fantastic nearby Brisbane Playground is DM Henderson Park.
Other Bushwalking Options Nearby
If you are inspired to do some more bushwalks with your family, other close , family-friendly trails in the area include Toohey Forest Park and Whites Hill Reserve.
What We Thought of Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve
After enjoying the beautiful view, I did the Summit Track with my 5-year-old and almost 2-year-old which was slow and steady as there are quite a lot of steps and the ground is uneven. Being a slow walk, meant we chatted with lots of regular walkers/locals who gave us the inside tip to look for arrows scratched into ground which indicates there is a koala. We were extremely grateful for this key bit of information as it meant we got to see a good handful of koalas in the wild.
The playground is fun for a swing, climb and play on the sway glider.
How to Get to Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve
Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve is located on Mount Gravatt Outlook Drive in Mount Gravatt.
During peak times, particularly sunset, the lookout can get rather busy, so it is wise to get there with a bit of time to spare to catch the spectacular views.
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