Starting from Bielby Road/Greenford Street, Chapel Hill, this return walk explores the woodland of Mount Coot-tha Reserve via the Kokoda Track and Bellbird Trail. Expect a nice quiet hike through the forest, with a challenging ascent/descent midway. You’ll be gaining around 200 metres of elevation in a relatively short part of the track, so get your calves and lungs ready. Even though it’s a short one, it’ll still give you a good wake-up call if you need it. The Kokoda Track passes by Cubberla Creek along the way, so feel free to get to the foreshore and enjoy the refreshing air around the stream. On the other hand, you can stay loyal to the designated route and time your walk/run. And if you’re still feeling energized at the top, you can cross Sir Samuel Griffith Drive and continue on the Powerful Owl Trail for a bit. The track may involve some loose rocks, so grippy footwear is recommended. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn sharp left onto Russell Terrace and drive for another 1.5 km
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Chapel Hill Road and drive for another 490 m
Turn right onto Fleming Road and drive for another 1.2 km
Turn left onto Greenford Street and drive for another 1.4 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the intersection/merge of Bielby Road and Greenford Street(Bellbird Trail Start), head towards the sheltered informative signpost near the green “Mt Coot-tha Forest” sign along the dirt path gently uphill. Then, join the Bellbird Trail as you move directly away from the road, following the signage. About 120 metres in, stay on the said trail and continue straight at the intersection to continue along Bellbird Trail and Kokoda Track.....
Directions & comments
After 30 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Bellbird Trail & Cubberla Creek Trail) veer right.
After another 1 m (at the intersection of Cubberla Creek Trail & Bellbird Trail) veer left, to head along Bellbird Trail.
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Kokoda Track & Bellbird Trail) veer right, to head along Kokoda Track.
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Kokoda Track & Cubberla Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Kokoda Track.
Continue another 760 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.3 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Bellbird Trail and Kokoda Track
1 h to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)