Plans to Revamp The Summit in Mt Coot-tha Now Underway

The iconic hospitality venue, The Summit at Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane, is set for a major redevelopment. The Mantle Group, which subleases the site, has lodged plans to revamp the cafe and restaurant, and offer an elevated dining experience to its patrons. 

The renovation project, under DA A006264092, will see the construction of a new two-level pavilion to replace the existing cafe, a mountaintop gin distillery, a casual bar, and a theatre for showcases and presentations. 

The top floor of the new building will be dedicated to dining and drinking, while the bottom level will have a theatre for performances. Additionally, a rooftop garden will be added, which will feature First Nations’ herbs and ingredients.

Photo Credit: Artist’s impression/The Mantle Group

The heritage-listed restaurant will also be refurbished with modern fittings, and a new deck and platform will be added to take advantage of Mt Coot-tha’s spectacular views. 

According to Mantle Group owner Godfrey Mantle, the project will transform The Summit into a “more appealing environment” that will be a major tourism boost for Brisbane, especially for the upcoming 2032 Olympics.

The Mantle Group has been planning this project since 2019, and it hopes to open the revamped venue in the first half of 2024. Each year, over 1.5 million visitors come to Mt Coot-tha, making it one of Brisbane’s most iconic sites. 

The Mantle Group’s redevelopment plans, once approved, will reinforce Mt Coot-tha’s position as one of Brisbane’s top attractions for both locals and tourists alike. The redevelopment is also expected to support a wide range of environmental, social, cultural, and economic benefits to the city and the SEQ region.

Published 5-May-2023

Shuttle Service Eyed for Mt Coot-tha

Did you know that the Mt Coot-tha shuttle service is already in the planning phase? The initiative is part of the Brisbane City Council’s four-year enhancement program to improve accessibility and visitor experience at the precinct.

“Council is committed to implementing a shuttle service at Mt Coot-tha which will provide another transport option for visitors to travel between key destinations on the mountain,” the Council’s website said. 

Currently, transport options to Mt Coot-tha precinct include:

  • Public transport – from Brisbane CBD, Translink’s 471 bus leaves Adelaide Street Stop 21 at 8.50am and hourly from 9.35am-3.35pm. 
  • Car – for visitors travelling by car, there are parking spaces available at the botanic gardens, Toowong Cemetery, The Summit, Gap Creek Reserve, and picnic areas.
  • Bike – Mt Coot-tha botanic gardens is accessible by bike via Anzac Park overpass.

Several new trails and extensions have already been completed as part of the refurbishment program for the precinct, including the Discovery Trail and Discovery Trail extension, Litchfield Trail, Mahogany Track, and the Lorikeet Link and Crebra Climb mountain bike trails.

Upgrade works on the Summit Track has also been completed which involved resurfacing of the track to Bush Mate, upgrading of the stairs, installation of new handrails, and installation of a new information shelter.

Mt Coot-tha Shuttle Service
Video Still Credit: Brisbane City Council / Facebook

Other projects that have already been delivered include upgrades to the J.C. Slaughter Falls picnic area and Simpson Falls picnic area, and the Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre 

The Council is also installing new signage on the Discovery Trail and Mt Coot-tha and undertaking planning for a new trail from the Botanic Gardens to the Summit as well as planning for new mountain bike trails. 

Expressions of Interest for New Artwork Installation for The Platform at Mt Coot-tha Now Open

The Brisbane City Council is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified artists to create a site-responsive artwork installation on The Platform.

The Platform is a 2.4 metre by 2.4 metre low plinth with hold-down points and lights,  and is able to accommodate a two-tonne load. It is located adjacent to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre, embedded within a native-species garden.

The Platform is made from charcoal-coloured concrete and is designed as a subdued piece of infrastructure to ensure that focus is on the gardens and the installed artworks;  yet, as a stand-alone structure, it still looks attractive. 

 “Remainders 20 & 21”  artwork at the The Platform
“Remainders 20 & 21”
Photo credit: Urban Fountains and Furniture /

Previous artwork installations were “Remainders 20 & 21,” by acclaimed Australian artist Jamie North, and “Large Arcs,” by Melbourne-based artist and designer Anna Varendorff.

Current commissioned artwork, which will be on display from July 2019 to June 2020, is titled “Gone to Seed” by Stuart Green. 

“Gone to Seed”  artwork at the The Platform
“Gone to Seed”
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council /

Commissioned artwork remain on display on the Platform for 12 months before being relocated and installed permanently within the gardens. 

Artists are, however, invited to work with the Council in considering a suitable site within the gardens where their work would be located permanently.

To commission a new artwork for the Platform, the Council released expression of interest (EOI) on 26 August 2019. For the artwork to be assessed, interested artists must submit an EOI through the Council’s website, no later than 12 noon on 23 September 2019. 

Required documentation:

  • artist CV
  • artist bio (max. 200 words)
  • written response to the artwork brief outlining your conceptual approach to the commission and how it relates to your practice (max. 500 words)
  • Five (5) images of relevant previous work (max. 1MB per image).

For more information, email The Platform or contact the Council on 07 3403 8888.