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Stockyard: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Picnic Point Lookout And Parkland

Toowoomba's heritage-listed Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland comprises 160-acres perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, with panoramic views over Main Range and Lockyer Valley.

Be greeted upon entry with an avenue of mature hoop pine (Auracaria cunnninghamii) and South Queensland kauri (Agathis robusta) before the parklands opens into manicured lawns. Pre-pack a picnic or stop by the cafe and restaurant before nestling on a section of quiet grasslands under a bunya tree.

Let the kids test out the playground and children's train (only operating on weekends), and later set off on the walking trails to nearby waterfalls and Table Top Mountain, drawing sightseers and picnic goers every day of the week.

The lower section of the park can also be accessed via Tobruk Memorial Drive and is another ideal location for impressive vistas and social picnics.

Tourist Drive
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 9.8K from Stockyard

Toowoomba Water Bird Habitat

Nestled into suburban Toowoomba at Rangeville, the habitat covers 7.6 hectares (19 acres), which is quite a small area to establish as a diverse wetland. Environmental diversity is essential if the habitat is to attract a variety of waterbirds. There are deep and shallow lakes, areas of reeds, mud-banks, islands and grassy areas to provide feeding, roosting and nesting conditions required by different birds.

To complete this habitat, over 2000 shrubs and trees were planted to attract native birds. All of the plants are Australian species appropriate to the locality. The plantings on the perimeter help screen the habitat from the surrounding roads and houses, creating a peaceful atmosphere within.

Waterbird habitats are characteristically places of light and open spaces, so large areas of grassland have been retained. You can see birds such as maned duck and straw-necked ibis which feed mainly on these grasslands.

Mackenzie Street,
Corner of Alderley Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.5K from Stockyard

Lake Annand Park

Lake Annand is a pleasant water attraction which has been created along Toowoomba's East Creek. At just two hectares, Lake Annand Park is one of the more compact of the city's recreation spaces.

The development of the park has been carried out along carefully planned lines. There is a New Zealand influence in many of the plantings and features. The lake itself showcases a pulsating fountain, reminiscent of the geysers familiar to those who have visited New Zealand. A simulated lava flow has been fashioned in one area of the park, and distinctive plants such as flax add to the theme.

Where there's an attractive expanse of water, there will be ducks, and Lake Annand is no exception. A boardwalk at the lake edge, and a handsome curved bridge, give youngsters (and the young-at-heart) hours of pleasure enjoying the antics of these handsome birds, which paddle towards anyone who might throw them some bread.

A bikeway passes through the park and cyclists often pause here on their ride to enjoy the atmosphere. This bikeway follows the route of East Creek right through to Queen's Park, close to the city centre.

Well maintained barbecue and playground facilities are another popular feature.

Perth Street,
Corner Mackenzie Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 11.9K from Stockyard

Ma Ma Creek War Memorial

Fleurine Andrews' three sons died fighting in France in WWI. Their memory lives on in an unusual soldier statue in a small country cemetery, 13 kilometres south-west of Gatton.

Mrs Andrews commissioned monumental masons AL Petrie and Son to produce the memorial, erected in the St Stephen's Anglican Church cemetery at Ma Ma Creek in 1920.

The soldier statue, a popular choice of tribute in Queensland communities, embodies qualities of the ideal Australian: loyalty, youth, courage, innocence and masculinity. This one is a rarity, the only surviving 'Digger' wearing a cap instead of a slouch hat.

Private James Martin Andrews was killed on 5 August 1916, aged 26. Private George Henry Andrews died on 9 June 1917, aged 28. Private Bertie Reginald Andrews was killed on 10 June 1918, aged 20.

The war memorial stands behind the Andrews family plot and is the focus of public ANZAC Day memorial services.

Mrs Andrews also donated a church organ in her sons' memory.

Gatton Clifton Road
Ma Ma Creek, QLD, 4347

Located 12.3K from Stockyard

Lions Park, Hodgson Vale

Make sure you pay a visit to Lions Park in Hodgson Vale, a large park located on the New England Highway, approximately 12 kilometres from Toowoomba. The park is the perfect place for a barbecue picnic and is a lovely stop when exploring Steele Rudd Country. Make use of the barbecue, half basketball court and play equipment for the children. Clean public facilities are also available for your use.

New England Highway
Hodgson Vale, QLD, 4352

Located 12.9K from Stockyard

Queens Park, Toowoomba

Picturesque Queens Park is just a short walk from Toowoomba's Central Business District. Much loved by locals, the park's diverse facilities make it a great meeting place or a pleasant stop on your journey.

The north-eastern section boasts an immaculately tended floral garden. While it's meticulously tended all year round, displays are particularly impressive during spring, especially in September.

The south-eastern and north-western corners provide large expanses of grass for sports, with the addition of a special swing for disabled children's enjoyment. There is an off-leash dog area, adjacent to Godsall Street. The southern section of the park features children's play equipment. Throughout the park are sealed walking tracks and a bicycle track.

The park is a focus for many community activities, including the Carnival of Flowers events such as The Gala Dinner, The Flower, Food and Wine Festival and Side-Show Alley in September; and the Languages and Cultures Festival each August.

A 26.3 hectare green space, Queens Park was planned and developed by Walter Hill, a government botanist and superintendent of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The many trees which were imported from Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world, today stand as grand old trees lining shaded avenues.

Margaret Street,
Bordered by Lindsay, Hume and Godsall Streets
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 13.0K from Stockyard

Stockyard: Events

Parkland Entertainment

You'll hear music from almost every genre floating out of Toowoomba's beautiful parks. The Parkland Experience covers folk, pop, pop-funk, classic, Irish folk, rock, jazz or soul, Memphis, country, rock n roll, Celtic, swing, opera, bush ballads, blues, choral, brass band, old time music, strings and retro rock. Phew! There's also tai chi, yoga, face-painting, balloon sculpture, opera and music theatre and dancing.

Apart from the first weekend, all activities run between 11am to 3pm during the 10 days of the Carnival.

Event Dates
      15th Sep
      16th Sep
      17th Sep
      18th Sep
      19th Sep
      20th Sep
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      23rd Sep
      24th Sep

164 Tourist Road
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 9.7K from Stockyard

Ma Ma Creek Markets

Come down to the Ma Ma Creek Community Centre on the second Saturday of the month to visit the Ma Ma Creek markets and enjoy the variety that the stalls have to offer.

Event Dates
      12th Nov
      10th Dec
      14th Jan
      11th Feb
      11th Mar
      8th Apr
      13th May
      10th Jun

Ma Ma Creek Community Centre
Ma Ma Creek, QLD, 4347

Located 12.4K from Stockyard

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring floral parade, food, wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at their iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival, Heritage Bank Live Concert Series, Kids Day Out and many more.

Event Dates
      15th Sep

Margaret Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 13.0K from Stockyard

Stockyard: Travel Tips

Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre

The team at Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre welcome you as a valued guest; with true country hospitality and a passionate desire to help you enjoy your visit. With a wealth of local knowledge, they can give you first-hand tips for exploring the Toowoomba area; with its intriguing history, quiet natural beauty, four distinct seasons, and delicious produce.

Their beautiful "Queenslander" building is based on a late 1800s style Toowoomba house. It features stained-glass motifs of the "Toowoomba" violet; which you can best enjoy by going inside.

Drop in for maps, brochures, locally-produced food and artisan-made items, Toowoomba souvenirs and refreshments. On-site parking is provided for cars, coaches and caravans; adjacent to picnic and playground facilities in East Creek Park.

82-86 James Street,
Warrego Highway
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 9.8K from Stockyard

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