The city of Toowoomba’s major tourist attraction, the annual Carnival of Flowers, takes place during September. Toowoomba is situated about 700km above sea level 125km west of Brisbane, and has a population of approximately 137 thousand (2018).
We decided to do a day trip to Toowoomba, going via the country towns of Kilcoy and Esk. It takes approximately three hours to drive to Toowoomba from the Sunshine Coast. Planning the day trip was easy as the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website provides a lot of information on the venues and events.
We entered Toowoomba on the Eastern side, close to our first stop of the day, the heritage listed 65ha Picnic Point Parklands. Spotted from the freeway, the 150foot (46m) high flagpole at Picnic Point can be seen for miles around. There it is in the top right hand corner of the photo below, and up close in the next photo.
The Parklands have a number of walks, stunning views out to the east, and a view of nearby Table Mountain.
The Parklands are a lovely picnic spot, and the walkway along the eastern perimeter allows one to have a commanding views of the surrounding country. Closer to the Picnic Point Café and Restaurant are the stunning borders that have been planted out with spring flowering bulbs and annuals.
Interesting art at the Parklands are the ‘Puppy’ Statue and the Hitching Rail.
After admiring the flowers we went on a short drive along the Tobruk Memorial Drive, and drove to our next stop, the Toowoomba Japanese Gardens ‘Ju Raku En’ at the University of Southern Queensland.
Picnic Point Parklands has an interesting history. For those who are interested, please refer to Picnic Point, Toowoomba – Wikipedia