Best Picnic Spots In Toowoomba
Everyone needs some downtime, and a trip to a fantastic picnic spot can be just the ticket to get a spring in your step this Spring.
For the lucky residents of our Garden City, Toowoomba offers up a bevy of picnic hotspots. We all know about famous Picnic Point, but here are a few of the best if you’re after something a bit different.
1. Afternoon tea among the flowers: Queens Park Botanic Gardens
Indisputably the most popular park in Toowoomba – home to carnivals, circuses, festivals and more – Queens Park isn’t the place to go if you’re looking for solitude. That being said, it’s a huge green space with lots of room for families to lay down a blanket, spark up one of the public barbecues or set the kids off in the play areas or by the fountains.
The Botanic Gardens really are something else during the Carnival of Flowers (early spring every year), and the best part is Queens Park is right on the edge of the Toowoomba CBD, so there’s lots of parking and it’s big enough to host hundreds of picnicking parties.
2. Perfect for the kids: Lake Annand
If Queens Park reflects the ‘big country town’ vibe of Toowoomba, then Lake Annand harks back to when the Garden City was a much less-populous city. It’s nestled in South Toowoomba, right next to the very walkable and lush East Creek recreation corridor, perfect for wandering the dogs and letting the kids enjoy the skate park.
Watch wildlife from your perfect vantage point by the water, or spend time with the family at the generous BBQ facilities.
3. A taste of tranquillity: Ju Raku En Japanese Garden
Sitting right next to the University of Southern Queensland, you don’t have to be a uni student to enjoy the magical surrounds of Ju Raku En. This Japanese Garden is the ideal picnic spot and will instantly transport you to a place unlike anything in Toowoomba. From the traditional bridge and beautiful waterfalls to Japanese flora and hungry waterbirds, you won’t want to leave Ju Raku En in a hurry.
It’s a kid-friendly Toowoomba picnic spot with plenty of space to explore, but unfortunately no barbecue facilities – so bring your sandwiches for a relaxing retreat.
4. Off the beaten track: Spring Bluff
Head out of the city and towards Highfields to find a picnic spot removed from time. Spring Bluff is a terrific place to bring the kids as there are lots of fun walks, historic buildings to explore, old trains to watch and even the odd goanna if the climate is right.
You can either use the BBQ facilities or stop in at the small café – but make sure you get here early during the Carnival of Flowers because it’s a tourist favourite!
5. A walk among the roses: Newtown Park State Rose Garden
Looking for a Toowoomba picnic spot that celebrates the humble rose? Then the Newtown Park State Rose Garden is for you. With more than 1,500 of the variety in one location, you’ll be in for an olfactory extravaganza before settling into your picnic hamper.
Kids and pets are welcome, but consider making a donation if you appreciate all the hard work that local volunteers put into the roses.
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