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Picnic Point Park & lookout in Toowoomba

The Picnic Point Park and lookout is a popular Toowoomba spot for leisurely coffees, family picnics and short walks. Located on a peak in the Great Dividing Range it provides excellent panoramas out onto the Lockyer Valley plains below and is the starting point for a range of walks down the escarpment and through the bush below ranging from a short 500m stroll to a 5km track.

The shorter tracks are named for the local birds in the area, both the fantail and pardalote trails provided excellent examples of their namesakes and the closest up close view of the black headed striated pardalote that I’ve seen.  I even managed to get a few photos with my standard walkabout lens.

Black headed striated pardalote
Black headed striated pardalote

There’s plenty of space, a childrens playground and picnic facilities.  In the restaurant you can order a coffee, snack or meal and eat inside or out on the patio with spectacular views out over the valley.  There are also clean restroom facilities and plenty of green space for games or to spread out the picnic blanket.

Picnic Point park and lookout is on your left as you drive over the hill from the Lockyer Valley into Toowoomba.  You’ll need to work your way through a few local streets which become wide and tree lined as you approach the summit.  Look for the large Australian flag up on the hill and drive towards it.

Pardalote track
Pardalote track
Pardalote track
Picnic Point Waterfall

The man made waterfall provides an attractive backdrop for family photos and the kids will love climbing across the stepping stones with very little chance of getting really wet. The whole area is beautifully planted and especially if you get up here around the Toowoomba Flower Festival when a lot of work goes into ensuring every flower bed around town is looking its best.


  • Hi Tony, Beautiful photos. I like the bird. How on earth did you know what it was? I can barely recognize a kookaburra.

    p.s I tried to share this post on twitter. I have a few followers who live in Toowoomba but the twitter share button doesn’t seem to be working.

    • Thanks for the heads up on the share issue Lyn, it was some maintenance at Shareaholic, looks like it’s fixed again now. I must admit I looked up the pardalote when we got home, it stayed around for so long that we got a good look and reasonable photos to identify it from. I hope one day to be able to name all the local birds we see on our walks but I’m a LONG way from that 🙂

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