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Construction begins on new Mt Coot-tha Visitor Centre

01 December, 2016

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today turn the first sod on a new $3.4 million Visitor
Information Centre for the city’s premier eco-tourism destination, Mt Coot-tha.
Cr Quirk said that the new facility would provide more than 700,000 annual visitors with
information about the Mt Coot-tha precinct, including the Botanic Gardens, Planetarium,
Summit and walking trails.
“This new hub will be located in the Botanic Gardens and will replace a small brochure kiosk
that has been the only visitor information available since opening in 1977.
“With the growing popularity of the entire precinct and with a wider revitalisation underway,
this new centre can cater to local and international visitors for many years to come.”
Cr Quirk said once complete, the centre would feature interactive displays to showcase the
many events and activities on offer at Mt Coot-tha.
“There are many experiences on offer at Mt Coot-tha, from enjoying the 100,000 plants, to
native bushwalking and visiting the Planetarium.
“For the first time, volunteers will be on-hand to help visitors learn about some of the lesserknown
treasures of Mt Coot-tha, such as the cascading falls.
“In addition to providing information the visitor centre will be a base for the 150 dedicated
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides, to assist with the guided walks and tours of the
gardens that the guides offer.”
Cr Quirk said the Visitor Information Centre is part of a $15 million revitalisation of the Mt
Coot-tha precinct over the next four years.
“Council is investing in upgrades to picnic areas at Simpson Falls and J.C. Slaughter Falls, as
well as new and upgraded walking trails,” he said.
“An adventure-tourism experience of a zipline, with users flying through the tree canopy to
experience a unique view of Mt Coot-tha is also in the pipeline.
“Expressions of interest to build and operate the zipline are currently being reviewed, after
seven proposals were received by Council in a formal process that closed in late October.
“Council is also looking to make it easier for visitors to access Mt Coot-tha with a regular bus
service operating between key landmarks.”
The Visitor Information Centre is expected to be complete in mid-2017. For more information,
visit brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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