Best Summer Outings In Toowoomba
After a busy Christmas period, it’s time to get ready for school and work start up again in earnest.
But just because life is getting back to normal doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here are some of the best summer outings in Toowoomba.
Cool down at Milne Bay
Whether it’s a quick dip during a sweltering heatwave or a family day out, Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre is one of the best places to come for a refreshing swim. There’s a range of activities and classes available every day, but it’s on the weekends and school holidays that things really ramp up.
From 12pm to 4pm, take the kids down to Milne Bay and let them roam free on Freckles and the Dual Racer. These two inflatable obstacle courses will keep them entertained for hours while the parents enjoy a more relaxing swim.
Climb Table Top Mountain
Solo trekkers, bushwalking couples and family weekend warriors alike can all enjoy a fun day out in the bush. As one of Toowoomba’s best-loved nature outings, climbing Table Top Mountain is a good way to get some fresh summer air and plenty of exercise.
The hike itself only takes about 45 minutes from Picnic Point to the peak of Table Top, but build in a couple of hours for the round trip so you can enjoy a few nibbles while appreciating the view from the top.
Take a dedicated walk through the city
These aren’t just any old walks – and summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy both.
The Russell Street Historical Walk is a casual self-guided tour to explore some of the fine historical landmarks along Russell Street. Travel back in time to 1860 and learn about one of Toowoomba’s most famous residents (and the street’s namesake): Henry Stuart Russell.
If you’re more of a ‘modern walks’ adventurer, then you can’t go past the Toowoomba Street Art Trail. Wind your way through hidden laneways and marvel at the artistic talent sprayed over large portions of downtown Toowoomba. Best of all, you can stop for a cheeky coffee at one of the dozens of cafes along the route.
Old time dancing
Not just for baby boomers and above (although they are certainly encouraged to come along!), USQ’s MS Hall on Baker Street plays host to the Old Time Dance every week throughout the summer. Put on your Saturday best, don’t forget your dancing shoes and come on down for a fun night of live music, homemade supper, lucky door prizes and plenty of dancing.
The Old Time Dance is on every Saturday night from 8pm until midnight ($10 entry).
Learn an intricate leather trade
For something a little left of centre – but still very much part of Toowoomba’s history – the Cobb + Co Museum is hosting a leather-plaiting workshop in early February. So long as you’re 16 years or older and want to master the art of a historical trade, then you can learn under the tutelage of expert leather-plaiter Bill Webb.
It’s more expensive than a walk around the city, but you’ll certainly get your money’s worth over the duration of the course – $550 to plait your own whip, or $360 to plait your own belt.
There really is something for everyone. You could…
Visit the Zoo, catch a show at the Empire Theatre, take a daytrip to the oldest, biggest woolshed, rock on at the Red Hot Summer Tour, visit the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, get your adrenalin racing at the Speedway, or chill out and visit a winery cellar door.
Toowoomba really does have everything. Whether you’re a growing family, downsizing to a smaller home or looking to buy in a new suburb, we know the Garden City better than anyone. Interested in buying or selling around Toowoomba? Contact an experienced local agent today.