Mt. Coot-tha (which was previously called One Tree Hill, not to be confused with New Zealand’s One Tree Hill, neither of which still have the one tree remaining) is a large hill overlooking Brisbane from the Southwest. It is, as my guides told me, the highest peak in the Brisbane area.
I do have to apologize to Brisbane. I was so bored with its status as “not Auckland” that I didn’t even bother to get my Canon out. All I have to offer is a phone picture. Australia is definitely on point in the sky department, though. Ignore the lower half of the picture and look at that gradient of blues!
The lookout offers a nice panoramic view. To the left is more Brisbane, to the right is less Brisbane.
The next day we drove out to Kangaroo Point, which is not too far from South Bank. Sadly, there were no actual Kangaroos in attendance.
It’s a nice little park, full of joggers, walkers, picnickers, and even a rock climber (not pictured).
For those who want to get up the cliff but don’t want to climb, there are these cool stairs. They’re popular among athletes training their endurance, and we had to dodge a number of people who were running up and down the stairs. We, needless to say, walked.
(I might not be able to photograph Auckland or Rangatoto from here, but I can still photograph stairs!)
Atop the stairs there is a nice little cafe featuring an overlook. For those of us who are photographically challenged, it’s much easier to get a nice shot of Brissy from the cafe than from Mt. Coot-tha!
We had lunch in the cafe, after which we went back down the stairs, drove back to their house, and then I drove back to Gold Coast and got on an airplane back to Auckland!
So that’s Brisbane! We’re not quite done with the Australia posts yet, though. I’ve got some that are…a little different. Stay tuned!