Look Outs – Brisbane Southside

Brisbane is alive with some of the best Lookouts that are around with amazing views, café’s, walking trails and parks with BBQ’s and picnic facilities so you can take full advantage of all that is on offer.Visit one or all you’ll be gob smacked, well not literally, but you will be amazed at the sights, experiences and activities of this day trip and only a very short drive from Brisbane’s CBD.

There are several lookouts to visit on the north and southside of Brisbane. In this day trip {Part 1}, we are exploring the big two lookouts with picnic options on Brisbane’s Southside.

Mt Gravatt Lookout



Mt Gravatt Lookout is a part of Toohey Forrest and offers uninterrupted views of Brisbane City, surrounding suburbs and D’Aguilar Ranges taking in Mt Cootha and the local TV towers. Situated only twelve kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD, the outlook is very easy to access by turning off Logan Rd at Mt Gravatt Central into Mt Gravatt Outlook drive and follow the winding road to the summit. You can enjoy picnicking, walking and bike riding trails or just sit back and take in the superb views.


The adventure starts at Gertrude Petty Place. Take the signed exit and park for a few minutes where you’ll learn about the local flora and fauna and history of Gertrude Petty Place. Picnic tables are situated amongst the trees and this is also the start of the Summit track, an excellent walking path that winds its way through open eucalypt forest to the top of the Mt Gravatt Lookout.


Don’t feel like tackling the walk, just continue following Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive to the top where you’ll be greeted with some of the most stunning views to the North, South, East and West over the Brisbane area.

There are picnic areas scattered around the summit, some out in the open and others nestled in amongst shady trees. Take a picnic blanket and spread out on the grassy shaded areas, get up close with some of the local wildlife or grab a coffee and some goodies at the  LoveWell Project Café (check their website for opening and closing times and menu options).


The kids can also be entertained with a small playground adjacent to the café and there’s a very clean amenity block next the car park.

Francis Lookout, Corinda


Tucked away in Brisbane’s SW suburbs is Francis Lookout sitting high on top of Corinda Hill and commanding some of the best panoramic views of the area.


This is no ordinary lookout. Take some time as you wander amongst the towering eucalyptus trees making the most of every photo opportunity and explore the heritage listed cemetery containing burials of the early settlers dating back to 1862.


Discover the LYCHGATE a small wooden structure built-in the tradition of old English churchyards, marking the entrance to the family burial ground and its importance to the original Settlers, the Francis Family.

Francis Lookout is a small park but still well worth a visit. With sweeping Brisbane City and mountain views, local history to explore and not to mention a great picnic spot, all this is just waiting for you to discover.


What to Know Before You Go:-  Francis Lookout.

  • There is a shopping centre on Oxley Rd., near the Francis Lookout for all your road trip supplies.
  • Parking: Plenty of free street parking available.
  • Toilets: None.
  • Café / Restaurant: None on site. BYO drinks and picnic goodies.


Safe Travels