We decided to go on a bush-walk one weekend so we set out for Simpson Falls in Mt Coot-Tha. Entering the trial from the large picnic area accessible from Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, the plan was to take the path to the falls and then enter the Eugenia Circuit at the head.
Simpson Falls is located within the Mount Coot-tha Forest, in Brisbane, Queensland. It forms the south-eastern part of D’Aguilar National Park and is about a 15 minute drive west of Brisbane.
Getting on the Trail
When you reach the corner of Sir Samuel Griffith Drive and Simpsons Road, follow the drive straight to the end. You’ll know you’ve found the place because you wont be able to drive any more and there with be a massive green space to your right.
I made the mistake of assuming that the 650 meter trek from the picnic area to the falls would be a (no pun intended… well maybe a little) walk in the park. If you’re terribly out of shape I recommend you take the nearly constant uphill climb slowly.
Its a nice workout for persons who are of a moderate fitness level and if you’re completely in shape you will break a sweat but it wont kill you.
I’m a big guy who loves lifting his weights but I absolutely hate cardio. I find that hiking /bush-walking, which I enjoy immensely, is a great way to trick myself into getting some into my exercise routine.
By the time we reached the falls and started into the Eugenia Circuit I was pouring sweat but wasn’t too smashed to enjoy the amazing scenery along the way.
From wooded areas, a beautiful creek bed -which after a heavy rain is quite glorious – and ledges that offer wonderful views of the mountain ridges and the valley below it, the winding trail offers some very beautiful scenery.
If you just want a short walk to add some untamed nature to your picnicking, take the track up to Simpson Falls and turn back.
For a longer trek, tack on to the Eugenia Circuit that begins at the falls.
Beginning at the head of Simpson Falls this trail will eventually take you to the other side of the falls.
After you enter the circuit you’ll keep taking lefts at junctions which will lead you to a rocky service road that will in turn lead you to the other side of the falls. Simply cross and head back down the original path toward the picnic area. Otherwise you can take a path that will be on your right while facing the falls.
Resources and Things to Remember
Before heading out on a walk in this or any park/nature reserve check for notices or alters from local authorities. Alerts for the Simpson Falls and Eugenia Circuit, can be found by clicking HERE.
For a map of all the popular walking tracks in Mt Coot-tha click HERE.