Mount Cotton

Cycle Queensland, Road Ride, Mount Cotton

Starting from Redland Bay, you are right next to the waters of Moreton Bay with the little-visited Southern Bay islands of Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra just a stone’s throw away. This unspoilt pocket of Brisbane still retains much of its simple charm. Redland Bay – aptly named because of its fertile iron-rich soil – has long been a rich farming region and along much of the ride, you will pass micro and hobby farms, some with cattle while others sell their organically grown fruit and veggies from farm gate stalls.


Redland Bay is one of the southern most points of South Moreton Bay. From the city, follow signs for Cleveland before turning south. Alternatively, head south on the Pacific Motorway, take exit 30 and follow the signs for Redland Bay.

Food and Drink 

There are a number of good bakeries and cafés in Redland Bay with a choice to suit most tastes. Worth singling out is the Gypsy Café on Broadwater Terrace with a great breakfast and lunch menu to meet the demands of any hungry cyclist.

Side Trip

Jump on to a ferry leaving from one of the terminals in Redland Bay to go and explore one of the smaller Southern Bay Islands of Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra.


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Sirromet Wines

After 8km, you will pass the entrance to the Sirromet vineyard on your right. Set amongst native bushland, Queensland’s largest wine producer is certainly an attractive location to rest and admire the views out to the bay and North Stradbroke Island.

Mount Cotton Road is not in the best condition, making it a rough ride in places, especially on the uphill sections. Throughout much of the day and on an early weekend morning, traffic is generally light so you will be left to suffer on your own in the peace and quiet with just the accompanying sound of the birds to distract you.

Mount Cotton

Turning on to West Mount Cotton Road, traffic volume is reduced even further although due to the quarry a little further along, trucks can rumble by so be aware of this. The road starts to rise so settle in with a smaller gear as you ascend to the summit; 135m above sea level. Having passed the quarry, the scenery on either side of the road changes to a lush and green hinterland. Small farms dot the road side and there is a quaint garden nursery that sells a range of cool drinks and ice creams – a just reward after the climb up here. On a clear day, the nursery has a stunning view north to the city and if you are fortunate, the owner might be playing his favourite Oktober Fest Umpa band CD!

The descent off Mount Cotton is fast in places so maintain your awareness and ride at a speed you are comfortable with. After turning left on to Wuduru Road at 21km, the remainder of the ride is on gently rolling roads that you should not find too difficult. A further 4km along the ride, take care, turning right at the service station across Mount Cotton Road on to Valley Way, passing into and through Mount Cotton Village. Further caution should also be exercised at the cross-road with Cleveland-Redland Bay Road after 30.2km. With most of the ride behind you, enjoy the views to the bay as you ride along the final kilometres on Gordon Road before heading north back to the start.


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start from the car parking spaces on Peel St next to ‘Sel Outridge’ Park and turn right on to Broadwater Tce.
  • 0.5 Turn left at the roundabout on to Boundary.
  • 1.6 At the traffic lights, turn right on to Gordon Rd.
  • 1.8 Turn left on to Double Jump Rd.
  • 4.8 Turn left at the T-junction to continue along Double Jump Rd.
  • 7.5 Turn right on to Mount Cotton Rd.
  • 11.3 Turn left on to West Mount Cotton Rd.
  • 15.7 This is the highest point on Mount Cotton Rd – 135m above sea level.
  • 21.0 Turn left at the bottom of the descent on to Wuduru Rd.
  • 22.5 Turn left on to Mount Cotton Rd.
  • 25.0 Turn right just before the service station on to Valley Wy, passing through Mt Cotton village.
  • 28.1 At the third roundabout, continue straight ahead as Valley Wy becomes German Church Rd.
  • 30.2 At the cross-road with Cleveland-Redland Bay Rd, continue straight over along German Church Rd.
  • 31.3 Turn right at the T-junction on to Gordon Rd.
  • 32.3 Turn left on to Meissner St. Follow this road straight along as its name changes to Weinan St, Pitt St and then Broadwater Tce. Continue ahead to return back to the start.
  • 33.5 End of the ride.
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    33.485 km / 20.807 mi

    Total Distance

    363 m / 1,191 ft

    Total Ascent

    363 m / 1,192 ft

    Total Descent

    125 m / 410 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Rail Trail
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Gravel Road
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
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    Accessible by bike
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