See The Lay Of The Land
In a city known for its beautiful gardens and tree-lined streets, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to suburban nature parks, but none are quite so beautiful and prestigious as Picnic Point Lookout.
Artfully placed flowers and hedges line the car park as tall, shady trees provide shelter for the playground and picnic tables behind. There’s even a hidden garden with a waterfall and hopping rocks in the lower echelons for a world away experience too.
But the real drawcard is right there in the name. Picnic Point Lookout is a beautiful lookout with expansive views down into the vast plains of the Lockyer Valley.
Of particular prominence in the otherwise mostly flat and gently undulating landscape is Tabletop Mountain. Distinct due to its pancake peak, this mountaintop that draws the most gazes is another cool free thing you can do in the Toowoomba region. Go forth to that, shall we?
Conquer The Friendly Neighbourhood Mountain
The climb to Tabletop Mountain on the eastern side of the City Of Toowoomba is a fun, challenging hike that involves slippery sections of loose rocks and clambering over jagged rock formations.
It’s not your average walk in the park, but the views from the circuit at its pancake top are beautiful, breathtaking and sweepingly panoramic and are well worth the calf, thigh and buttock workout that you get from ascending it.
For those who like an extra challenge, you can start the walk to Tabletop Mountain at Picnic Point Lookout instead the car park closest to it, adding an extra 2kms each way to the 2km return hike.
See The Other Lay Of The Land
Panoramic Drive Lookout
South of the city of Toowoomba, in an affluent new estate on a hilltop, lies a little known lookout at Panorama Drive Park. Awaiting you at the very crest of the mountain are magnificent, uninterrupted sweeping views across the south-west as far as the eye can see.
From here, you can see vast plains, crisscrossing roads and distant mountains. You truly get a sense of the scope of this region and how expansive the lands forfeited for farmlands are and how much they dominate the landscape.
It’s a great place for landscape photography and to watch the sun come up over the horizon on a warm summer morning.
See Untouched Landscapes
A national park you cannot go past if you’re in this region is the beautiful, untouched wilderness that is Crows Nest National Park.
The walks here centre around Crows Nest Creek and allow you to get down to water level at tranquil areas along the river, show you a raging cascade (after heavy rain) and offer breathtaking lookouts that gaze down upon the rocky landscape.
The highlight of this gorgeous national park is the view from Koonin Lookout. The second of the two, this spectacular lookout allows you to gaze down into the Valley Of The Diamonds, a stunning, untouched valley named so because of the way the water glimmers like diamonds. It’s a beautiful scene and one well worth a visit.
Gaze Out At A Pretty Lake
While you’re up at Crows Nest be sure to deviate a bit and stop by Lake Perseverance.
The pretty lake with mini cliffs has two stopping areas on either side of the dam wall, but the western one has a secret little walk to a lookout that grants you views over the northern part of the lake instead of just looking south as the roadside stops afford you.
The extensive array of flower beds and floral arrangements bring the park to life. And best of all, it’s free to visit most of the displays throughout the city! It’s an absolute must-do thing in Toowoomba in September.
See The Other, Other Lay Of The Land
Mt Kingsthorpe, Kingsthorpe
In the sleepy town on Kingsthorpe in the Toowoomba Region of the Darling Downs lies a mountain of the same name that harbours a beautiful secret lookout.
The short 500m walk up Mt Kingsthorpe takes you to an elevation of 610 and provides breathtaking views of the town you just ascended from and sweeping views of the mountains and vast plains that surround it.
It’s an off-the-beat track that few people know about, but it’s definitely one to visit.
Queens Park And Various Other Locations
Queens Park in the heart of Toowoomba is just like any other park. Except when its the Carnival Of Flowers season!
Every year during September, Toowoomba becomes floral heaven. There are flowers of every colour in full bloom all over the city in parks and select private residential properties that have been lovingly tended to and raised, and it is nonesomore on display than in Queens Park.
See The Other, Other, Other Lay Of The Land
Scenic Lookout, Haden
While Mt Kingsthorpe and Panoramic Point Lookout have sweeping views of the surrounding plain lands, the Scenic Lookout a couple of kilometres north-west of the tiny township of Haden allows you to enjoy the rows upon rows of undulating hills that lie to the east.
This easy access lookout by the side of the road has two sheltered picnic tables, allowing you to attack that snack you packed and rest and recharge while enjoying some beautiful views for that much longer.
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