JC Slaughter Falls

Mt Coot-tha Reserve / Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

About JC Slaughter Falls

Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2008-05-11
Date last visited: 2008-05-11

Waterfall Latitude: -27.47397
Waterfall Longitude: 152.96421

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

JC Slaughter Falls was supposed to be one of those rare waterfalls situated within the urban sprawl of a big time city.

In this case, that urban city was Brisbane.

JC_Slaughter_Falls_002_05102008 - The dry JC Slaughter Falls
The dry JC Slaughter Falls

With all the people picnicking and hiking the trails in the Mt Coot-tha Reserve (which was the pocket of nature within the city’s boundaries), we would’ve never guessed that the falls would be dry.

But alas, that was the state that we saw the waterfall in as Ithaca Creek hadn’t been flowing at all.

I understand that the city had gone through some water restrictions due to drought during our May 2008 visit to Brissie.

Apparently, the area didn’t quite fully bounce back despite the flooding and heavy rains from the recent summer monsoons.

I guess JC Slaughter Falls either suffered from the water restrictions imposed in Brisbane, or the falls would only flow immediately after heavy rains.

Apparently, the real claim to fame of this place wasn’t so much the waterfall.

Instead, it was the Mt Coot-tha Reserve where the top of the mountain itself would yield expansive views over the city of Brisbane as well as some of the nearby harbours.

This reserve literally sat a few minutes from the CBD of Brissie.

Therefore, could understandable why most locals would come here for a barbie (BBQ) or just to hang out or even for a little exercise run.


JC Slaughter Falls resides in the Mt Coot-tha Reserve in Brisbane, Queensland. It is administered by the Brisbane City Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

JC_Slaughter_Falls_001_jx_05102008 - The sign at the JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area at the start of our walk
JC_Slaughter_Falls_005_jx_05102008 - That's me veering from the paved path and onto a dirt path leading us the final 230m to JC Slaughter Falls
JC_Slaughter_Falls_001_05102008 - The bare rock where Ithaca Creek was supposed to flow as the JC Slaughter Falls

From the Brisbane CBD where the M3 ends and becomes Hwy 33 (Coronation Dr), we took the Boomerang St exit and took it towards Milton Rd (Route 32) west.

We followed Milton Rd for about 3km to the roundabout with Frederick St.

Taking the second exit to continue going straight, we then took the exit going right (the second exit) at the next roundabout to go onto Mt Coot-tha Rd.

After another kilometre, we then turned right to go onto Sir Samuel Griffith Dr.

Shortly thereafter, we took the next left onto a small paved road, and it was on this narrow road that we started to look for parking, which was not easy on the day we showed up.

The walk we took to JC Slaughter Falls continued along this road further west once we had found parking.

Just to give you a sense of the distances between the towns that we had stayed at before and after our visit here, Brisbane was 78km (about an hour drive) north of the Gold Coast, 166km (2 hours drive) north of Byron Bay, and 617km (7 hours drive) south of Rockhampton.

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Tagged with: brisbane, coot-tha, city waterfall, urban waterfall, city park, queensland, australia, waterfall, ithaca creek

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Slaughter Falls April 8, 2012 8:37 am by Sandra Moyden - We first discoved slaughter falls around 5 years ago & loved it at first sight, we have a family bar.b.que there every good friday & our family has grown since the first time we went, we always have a great time & we like to do the walk, but this year we could'nt as it… ...Read More

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