Picturesque Picnic Spots in Toowoomba

by Rhiannon Priestly
With an abundance of parks and beautiful escarpment views, Toowoomba is never short of a perfect picnic spot. Grab some local produce and work through the list yourself!

Queens Park

43 Lindsay Street, East Toowoomba

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Botanic Gardens, Queens Park

Set across more than 25 picturesque hectares, the parkland has been enjoyed by generations of locals and regional visitors since it first opened to the public in the late 1800s. It's a beautiful calm space where nature showcases its seasonal offerings, alongside the city's bustling CBD. In spring and summer, riotous colour spots garden beds in a shout out to the warmer weather, while autumn obliges with its own radiant show. Dollops of red and orange swirl across the landscape as the leaves of giant deciduous trees transform and fall, laying a textured, multi-coloured carpet underneath.

During winter the parklands rest against a predominantly evergreen backdrop fringed by manicured hedges and edges, and other feature specimens. A variety of community activities and annual events are also hosted at Queens Park and Botanic Gardens with internationally renowned Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and its signature Food and Wine Festival leading the way. From tree-lined avenues and woodlands to open space sporting ovals, all abilities playgrounds, and barbecue and picnic facilities, the parkland has lots to offer across three distinct areas, namely Queens Park Botanic Gardens, Vera Lacaze Memorial Park and Queens Park's greater park area.

Laurel Bank Park

Hill St, Toowoomba
Laurel Bank Park

Laurel Bank Park
 

Laurel Bank Park is one of Toowoomba's premier parks and provides a majestic oasis close to the heart of town.  The park features manicured gardens, mature trees, children's play equipment, barbecue and picnic areas and two croquet lawns and is a must-see destination during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in spring, when the gardens come alive with colour and natural splendour. Take your time and enjoy the many features of Laurel Bank Gardens, including; all season topiary, scented gardens, spring bulb display, Camellia and maple walk, children's ornament garden, Topiary hedge - Thomas the Tank Engine Train, Main floral display and viewing platform, and Peach walk.

Laurel Bank Park is a wonder at all times of the year with spectacular transformations brought about by the changing seasons.  Many of the stately old trees are deciduous and change in colour from the glowing yellows and browns of autumn, to a winter framework of branches, to the richness of fresh spring and summer growth.  The vivid displays of spring blooms in the formal beds are always a highlight of the year and are timed to be at their peak in September for the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Laurel Bank Park is also one of the locations for Toowoomba Regional Council's Summer Tunes program, an initiative which provides free, live-music in our parks. Car parking can be found in Herries and Hill Streets as well as off-street parking accessed from Hill Street.

Japanese Garden

20 Regent Street, Darling Heights 

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Japanese Garden

The garden covers an area of 4-acres and are one of Australia’s largest Japanese garden. The main features include a central lake, three separate ‘islands’ and extensive gardens and tree groves. A focal point of the gardens is the lake, which is home to ducks, turtles and fish and is crossed over by numerous vivid red traditional Japanese bridges, believed to ward off bad omens. These bridges extend to three garden ‘islands’, which showcase manicured gardens, ornate topiary plantings and other Japanese plants of interest.

Walking through the park, visitors are treated to an array of visual delights including waterfalls, cherry blossom trees, bamboo avenues, a tea house, Azalea Hill, a wisteria arbour and numerous conifer plantings.
The garden includes over 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants. During spring this contemplative garden transforms into a wash of springtime colour and allure, with many tourists visiting during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.
 

Picnic Point

162-202 Tourist Road, Rangeville 

Picnic Point
Picnic Point

Picnic Point Parklands is a stunning, must-see location for visitors. Just a short drive from the city's CBD, the State heritage-listed parklands provide breathtaking panoramic views eastward to Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley. At night, the glow of Brisbane city lights can be seen from the iconic Picnic Point Lookout, perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range.

When entering the parklands, visitors are greeted by an avenue of mature hoop pine (Auracaria cunnninghamii) and South Queensland kauri pine (Agathis robusta) that leads to the manicured lawns and gardens of Picnic Point Square (also known as Flagpole Island). A short distance away, the sights and sounds of a magnificent waterfall that has been constructed in line with the natural fall of the land captures attention. Surrounded by lush foliage and a feature gazebo, the waterfall area is a popular wedding ceremony destination. For adventurous visitors, there is a series of walking trails along the escarpment that offer a variety of interesting places to explore.