Powerful Owl Trail
5.6 km return
1 h 45 min to 2 h 45 min
Powerful Owl Trail
5.6 km

1 h 45 min to 2 h 45 min

1 h to 1 h 30 min

Starting from the Silky Oak Picnic Area Carpark, Mount Coot-tha, this return walk takes you through the woodlands of the Mount Coot-tha Reserve via the Powerful Owl Trail. The said trail takes its name from the wise-looking Powerful Owl(Ninox strenua), the largest owl on the continent. You can come across these guys throughout the walk, but it’s hard to spot them as they easily blend in the scenery. You can watch for other birds such as the Brown Cuckoo-Dove and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo(great hairdo btw) as well. The trail is wide and goes all the way to the western border of the drive, which means you can make this a one-way walk if you arrange someone to pick you up. The area tends to be busy, so come early to avoid the crowd and protect yourself from the midday sun. Keep in mind that the first kilometre of the hike can be demanding for beginners, as it is steep. 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.



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