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JC Slaughter Falls – a great destination for Brisbane families!

Slaughter by name, delightful by nature! JC Slaughter Falls has a lot to offer active families looking to get back to nature.

Bush-walking Mt Coot-tha

Gorgeous Mt Coot-tha has long been a family favourite. Breath-taking panoramic views of Brisbane have always offered us an opportunity to take it all in and reflect on how lucky we are to live here!

What you may not have experienced, though, are the bush-walking and family enjoyment offered very close by at JC Slaughter Falls. This is a great way to help kids burn off energy at any time of year!

JC Slaughter Falls picnic area

Plenty of open space on offer for Brisbane families to stretch out a picnic rug, kick a ball around and relax. Basic facilities (tables, toilets, wooden BBQ’s) provide a rustic charm but you may as well just bring everything ready to go! It’s easy to forget you’re as close to the city as you are in such a tranquil environment.

Can we go bush-walking at JC Slaughter Falls?

You sure can! Here’s an overview of the tracks…

The Summit Track

This trail leaves from the picnic grounds and covers about 2km with lots of vantage points for great views along the way. Be warned that it’s a little steep in places so using a pram or taking a wheelchair may be difficult. There are even water fountains along the way (take your bottles, anyway!)

You’ll be hiking through gorgeous eucalypt forest and taking in views of the city, Moreton Bay, Straddie and the southern ranges.

The Aboriginal Art Trail

This is a much more child-friendly journey (roughly 25 minutes start to finish). Great views on offer! The falls are a sight to see and the rock paintings and stick arrangements along the way will make for great conversations with your little ones about the traditional land owners.

How do we get to JC Slaughter Falls?

The picnic grounds are off Sir Samuel Griffith Drive at Mt Coot-tha. Lots of signage and carparks mean you’ve got no chance of losing your way.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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