Parks & Gardens
Fri 15 - Sun 24 Sep
Perched atop the crest of the Great Dividing Range is the heritage listed Picnic Point. The panoramic 180 degree views will take your breath away stretching out over the valley to surrounding mountains, the deep gorges below and the world heritage listed area of The Scenic Rim. On a clear day you can see all the way to Brisbane. Picnic Point is 160 precious acres of priceless landscape.
When you enter the park you’re greeted with an avenue of mature hoop pine and South Queensland kauri before the parklands open into gorgeous manicured lawns.
A stroll along the beautiful Pardalote Walk is a great way to take in spectacular views of the Lockyer Valley. The Pardalote Walk follows the very edge of the escarpment. The full length of the walk is about 1.9km with access at a number of points along the escarpment. Allow around 45 minutes to enjoy the walk.
Picnic Point is one of those special places that will stay in your memory. You’ll be glad you took the time to soak up the incredible views and breathe the fresh, crisp air.
What’s on during Carnival?
A host of talented musos will play at the park during Carnival. Whatever your taste in music, you’ll hear it – jazz, blues, folk, funk, soul, country, rock and roll, and big brass acts.
FRI 15 SEPT
11am-3pm ‘Undercover’ (Pop, Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll) at Bandstand
SAT 16 SEPT
9am-10:45am ‘Toowoomba Concert Band & Second Wind Community Band’ (Concert Band) at Lookout Area
11am-3pm ‘Greg Bird & Friends’ (Jazz, Swing, Latin, Evergreen) at Bandstand
3:30pm-5:30pm ‘Webb Family Band’ (Folk, Retro Classics) at Lookout Area
SUN 17 SEPT
11am-3pm ‘Around the Corner’ (Irish Folk Songs – traditional, classical) at Bandstand
MON 18 SEPT
11am-3pm ‘Swing Magic’ (Swing Jazz) at Bandstand
TUE 19 SEPT
11am-3pm ‘Toowoomba Grammar School R’n’B Band’ (School Band) at Bandstand
WED 20 SEPT
11am-3pm ‘Blue Room Blues’ (Blues) at Bandstand
THU 21 SEPT
11am-3pm ‘Zephyr Project’ (Rockabilly) at Bandstand
FRI 22 SEPT
11am-3pm ‘Top Gear’ (Rock ‘n’ Roll) at Bandstand
SAT 23 SEPT
11am-3pm ‘2 Timing’ (Swing, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Pop, Country) at Bandstand
SUN 24 SEPT
11am-3pm ‘Slow Train Coming’ (Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Memphis) at Bandstand
*correct at time of printing
Picnic in the Park
Why not pre-pack a picnic, get up close to nature and enjoy the parkland scenery? The restaurant is a tasty option, offering stunning views over the valley and a relaxing rest-stop after a busy morning exploring the parklands.
Don’t miss an opportunity to lick your lips around an iconic violet ice cream at Picnic Point café! It’s a must do when in Toowoomba! The café is perched on the escarpment with views for miles. Café opens 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 5pm Friday to Sunday.
Want more info about Carnival or know what to see while you’re in town? Visit our Information Hub on Tourist Road for the Carnival low-down, to pick up a map, book bus tickets, or even browse the official merchandise.