Mt Cotton Training Centre
Mt Cotton Training Centre is a world-class driver education and driver training facility.
The driver training facility is nestled amongst 48 hectares of natural bushland approximately 40 km south of Brisbane and 60 km north of the Gold Coast.
The centre is nationally recognised as a premier training facility. Participants can take part in a diverse range of driving experiences using the six purpose-built driving facilities. The facilities are designed to simulate real-life situations, and help drivers understand potential hazards they may be exposed to in a normal driving environment.
Who can use Mt Cotton Training Centre?The centre is available for hire to most groups and organisations. Terms, conditions and responsibilities set out by centre management must be met before hirers can use the facility.
Activities conducted at Mt Cotton Training Centre vary from defensive driving courses, to fire prevention training, to filming for television commercials. The design of the complex gives hirers the security, safety and seclusion required.
Road circuitThis area consists of about 1.7 km of bitumen road. Combined with Circuit C, the total road area is 3.5 km. The circuit has been built with cambers, corners, hairpin bends, multi-lanes and sweeping curves to enable drivers to understand, experience and learn the driving techniques required to safely negotiate these hazards.
Vehicle manoeuvring area
The vehicle manoeuvring area is a level surface consisting of 140 m x 45 m of bitumen.
The main training uses include:
- heavy vehicle manoeuvring
- evasive reaction training
- controlled braking (wet and dry)
- lane-changing manoeuvres.
A fully equipped training room is situated next to this area, along with an observation area to view all training activities.
Large vehicle manoeuvring areaThis area consists of two hectares of bitumen surface. The area allows for training in heavy vehicle manoeuvring, evasive reaction training, controlled braking (wet and dry) and skid prevention for heavy vehicles. An undercover observation area and amenities block is available for participants' comfort.
Motorbike manoeuvring area
The motorbike manoeuvring area is a flat bitumen surface 70 m x 35 m specifically designed for motorbikes.
This area is where riders can improve their ability to ride safely and make correct and safe decisions. The main training uses include:
- braking techniques
- slow and fast weaving
- positioning techniques
- handling even surfaces
- techniques for handling obstacles.
Skid panThe skid pan consists of a manoeuvring area for light vehicles and a figure-eight shaped concrete circuit layout. This allows drivers to understand the causes and effects of skidding in wet or dry conditions, and how to control skids.
The skid pan area includes an undercover observation area and an amenities block.
Off-road four wheel drive track
The centre's facilities allow clients the opportunity to develop driving skills in a range of off-road conditions.
Participants are able to experience bush hazards and practise skills relating to:
- hill climbs
- obstacle negotiation
- man-made bush bridges
- winching techniques/recovery equipment
- bog holes
- risk perception
- stall outs
- ascents and descents
- hazard recognition
- recovery techniques
- water crossing.
The off-road track presents an exciting and challenging experience for the beginner right through to the experienced four-wheel driver.
Mt Cotton Training Centre's main building is fully air-conditioned and surrounded by landscaped gardens to make your time at the centre relaxing and enjoyable.
Along with the six purpose-built driving facilities, the centre also features:
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- seven fully equipped modern classrooms
- a dining and pergola area
- a fully equipped commercial kitchen.
offer a wide range of training programs covering all vehicle types — including motorbikes, passenger cars, four wheel drives, buses and coaches, rigid and articulated trucks, B-double semitrailers and emergency services vehicles.
How to get there
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