Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today unveiled a brand new $3.4 million visitor information centre that is set to become the gateway to some of the city’s best lifestyle and leisure opportunities.
Cr Quirk said the centre, which is part of a $15 million four-year revitalisation of Mt Coot-tha, would welcome hundreds of thousands visitors each year to Brisbane’s best eco-tourism and adventure opportunities.
“More than 700,000 people are drawn to Mt Coot-tha every year and this new facility will help to showcase the walking trails, picnic areas, Planetarium, Summit Lookout, Botanic Gardens and vibrant events offering located within the precinct,” Cr Quirk said.
“Outdoor adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism segments in the world, providing Brisbane with a great opportunity to increase the number of overseas and domestic visitors to the city.
“Council is committed to furthering our lifestyle and leisure offering and is rejuvenating Mt Coot-tha, with new walking trails, picnic areas, a zipline and dedicated shuttle bus service.”
Cr Quirk said the new centre would replace an old brochure kiosk which had been the only visitor station on Mt Coot-tha since it opened in 1977.
“Mt Coot-tha is our city’s premier eco-tourism destination and this new visitor information centre will ensure we can cater to the growing popularity of the precinct for many years to come.”
Chairman for Environment, Parks and Sustainability Cr David McLachlan said the centre featured interactive displays to allow visitors to explore what was on offer at Mt Coot-tha.
“For the first time, volunteers will be on-hand to help visitors escape the hustle and bustle or to learn about some of the lesser-known treasures of Mt Coot-tha such as the cascading falls,” he said.
“The visitor centre will also be a base for the 150 dedicated Brisbane Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides, who provide free guided tours to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who flock to the gardens each year.
“I thank residents for their patience during the upgrade and look forward to seeing the new centre welcome many thousands of visitors to one of our city’s most iconic landmarks.”
For more information on the new Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.