A Beautiful Day Out!
On Wednesday, a group of our wonderful Lexis Brisbane students went to visit the Botanic Gardens at the base of Mount Coot-tha and check out the incredible view from the summit!
Nestled on the outskirts of Brisbane, the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the summit of Mount Coot-tha offer an exquisite blend of nature, beauty, and adventure. For Wednesday’s group of enthusiastic Lexis students, this was not just a typical excursion, but a chance to explore a fascinating piece of Queensland’s natural beauty.
Mount Coot-tha holds a rich and fascinating history that spans thousands of years. The name “Coot-tha” is derived from the Aboriginal Jagera and Turrbal people, who are the traditional custodians of this land. Mount Coot-tha and its surroundings have been a significant part of the indigenous people’s history for tens of thousands of years. The Jagera and Turrbal people, who call this region home, have a deep spiritual and cultural connection to the land. They relied on the rich natural resources provided by the mountain and its foothills for their sustenance. In 1918, the first road to the summit of Mount Coot-tha was constructed, making it more accessible to the public. The Mount Coot-tha Lookout, located at the summit, became a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, offering stunning panoramic views of Brisbane and its surroundings.
Our adventure began at the bottom of the mountain; Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, an enchanting 52-hectare oasis for plant enthusiasts, nature lovers
and curious minds alike. The gardens are known for their diverse collection of Australian and exotic plant species, arranged in themed zones that make the visit an educational and aesthetic delight.
As we entered the gardens, we were immediately greeted by a range of themed zones. From the vibrant Tropical Display Dome filled with exotic orchids to the serene Japanese Gardens, we were transported to different corners of the world. The Indigenous Plant Zone introduced us to the rich botanical heritage of the Aboriginal people, fostering an appreciation for the local culture and environment.
After a captivating exploration of the gardens, we were excited to embark on the next part of our adventure: visiting the summit of Mount Coot-tha. As we reached the summit, we were greeted by breathtak
ing views of Brisbane, the Brisbane River, and Moreton Bay. The city’s skyline stretched out below us, and it was an awe-inspiring sight. The summit also features a café and a lookout where we could sit, relax, and take in the surroundings. We enjoyed some snacks while chatting, taking photos, and simply immersing ourselves in the serene atmosphere.
Mount Coot-tha and the surrounding area hold educational and cultural significance, and it was wonderful to share the appreciation of this beautiful land with our Lexis students. The history of this land is a reflection of the evolving relationship between humans and nature, from indigenous culture and early exploration to conservation and recreation. It stands as a testament to the importance of preserving and celebrating the natural beauty of this region, making it a cherished part of Queensland’s history and a beloved destination for visitors from all around the world. It was truly wonderful to have our Lexis Brisbane students appreciate the natural beauty of the area, learn about Australian culture and acknowledge the importance of the land.
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