TOOWOOMBA residents will this weekend get their second taste of freedom as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Just two weeks ago restrictions were eased so people could travel up to 50km from their homes for recreational purposes.
Today, people can travel within a 150km radius from their homes, but only as a day trip.
You can now have outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, and some pools, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms have reopened.
Social distancing of 1.5m must be maintained at all times.
For Toowoomba residents these new rules open up visits to Brisbane, parts of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast as well the Moreton Bay islands.
But there are also plenty of things to do closer to home.
Here are 150 thing you can do within a 150km radius from the Toowoomba CBD.
- Explore South Bank and the many wonders within it, including the edible Epicurious Garden.
- Do the Brisbane City River Walk from the Botanic Gardens to Sydney Street.
- Drive up Mt Coot-tha and check out the views of Brisbane from the lookout.
- Shop ’til you drop at Queen Street Mall.
- Catch a CityCat and recreate the Titanic moment at the front of the boat.
- Visit some of the state’s most beautiful and famous parks at Roma Street Parklands, the Botanic Gardens and New Farm Park.
- Visit the Dutton Park Cemetery, Queensland’s most haunted graveyard.
- Go on a free river cruise. The CityHopper ferry is still operating along the Brisbane River and goes from North Quay in the the CBD to the Sydney Street ferry terminal near New Farm. Best of all, it’s free.
- Ride or walk the Ferny Grove Rail Trail.
- Head to Cedar Creek Park near Samford and have a picnic near the waterfall.
- Head to Mt Gravatt and check out the views of Brisbane’s Southside and CBD.
- Hike Mount Glorious.
- Hike Mount Nebo.
- Take a selfie with the Brisbane sign (don’t you think it’s about time we had a Toowoomba sign).
- Visit the Enoggera Reservoir and take in this piece of paradise just outside the heart of Brisbane.
- Shop at one of the large malls. While Toowoomba residents might think Grand Central is a behemoth, it’s nothing compared to some of the Westfield shopping centres in Brisbane. Head to Westfield Garden City or Chermside for a unique experience.
- Explore the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens.
- Wander through the old Woolstore District in Teneriffe, taking in the old industrial architecture.
- Grab a bargain at DFO outlets near Brisbane Airport or Jindalee.
- Hike through D’Aguilar National Park.
- Hire a CityCylce bike in Brisbane and cycle from Toowong to New Farm Park along the river.
- Visit Riverlife at Kangaroo Point, hire a kayak and enjoy moving down the Brisbane River at your own pace.
- Explore the bohemian stores around West End and grab a coffee from one of the many cafes in the area.
- Try some of Queensland’s best burgers at the many burger bars in Fortitude Valley (takeaway or make a booking to dine in).
- Visit beaches at Caloundra and Currimundi, but no further north.
- Visit smaller towns such as Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
- Check out the Glass House Mountains, southeast Queensland’s most unique looking mountains.
- Do the coastal walk at Caloundra, taking in sweeping cliffs and stunning beaches along the way.
- Head to Kondalilla National Park and check out the famous waterfall.
- When heading to the Sunshine Coast, avoid the motorways and go the back way via Hampton, Ravensbourne, Esk and Kilcoy.
- Visit northern parts of the Gold Coast such as Paradise Point. Swim at the small beach on the river there.
- Visit Sprinbrook National Park and check out the waterfalls and glow worms.
- Go for a hike in Lamington National Park.
- Visit Hinze Dam.
Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Ipswich and Logan
- Ride or walk the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
- Ride or walk the Fassifern Rail Trail.
- Have a picnic on the banks of Wivenhoe Dam.
- Check out Lake Somerset.
- Visit Mount Barney National Park.
- Watch the sunset over Lake Moogerah.
- Visit Main Range National Park.
- Check out the rainforest at Mount Tamborine.
- Visit Moogerah Peaks Park.
- Get a delicious pastry at the Fernvale Bakery.
- Visit Glen Rock State Forest
- Visit Mount Joyce Recreation Park.
- Watch a movie at the Yatala Drive In, one of the only places you can see a film on the big screen at the moment.
- Grab a pie at the world-famous Yatala Pies.
- Check out the sculpture park at Wyaralong Dam.
- Do the Cobb and Co Tourist Drive.
- Visit Laidley and do a self guided walk of the Laidley Heritage Trail, looking at all the heritage buildings along the way.
- Go birdwatching at Lake Apex. The Gatton wetlands is home of over 153 different species of bird.
- Hunt down roadside stalls throughout the Lockyer Valley fro incredibly fresh produce
- Check out some big things. There is the Big Apple near Stanthorpe, the Big Orange on the Warrego Highway near Toowoomba.
- Get lost in Ikea.
- Both the Logan and North Lakes store fall within the 150km radius.
- Explore Ipswich’s Queens Park, one of the oldest parks in the State.
Greater Moreton Bay Area
- Go for a swim at Bribie Island.
- Visit North Stradbroke Island, which reopens today. Most of the Island falls within the 150km radius.
- Wander up and down Shorncliffe Pier. It’s one of the most picturesque locations in southeast Queensland.
- Walk to an Island. King Island in Moreton Bay is just off Wellington Point. It’s a 2km walk from the mainland to the island, just make sure you check the tied. You don’t want to get stuck.
- Grab some fish and chips at Cleveland Point.
- Walk the esplanade from Wynnum to Manly.
- Put on your best Bee Gees costume and dance along to Stayin’ Alive as you explore Redcliffe.
- While in Redcliffe head to Woody Point Jetty to take some great new Instagram photos.
- Walk amongst the mangroves at Nudgee Beach.
- Do a road trip to Stanthorpe to check out some of the cafes and shops in the town.
- Do a road trip to Warwick to check out some of the cafes and shops in the town.
- Visit one of Queensland’s most stunning national parks at Girraween.
- Visit local wineries on the Granite Belt (make sure to check if they’re open first. Some are, some aren’t).
- It’s autumn, so perfect time to play in the autumn leaves out the front of the Stanthorpe Visitors Information Centre. Make sure to take your camera.
- Head out to Leslie Dam.
- Visit Queen Mary Falls.
- Fossicking is legal again! Some of the best fossicking locations in the Southern Downs are at Thanes Creek, Druikai State Forest and Talgai State Forest.
- Go fishing at Coolmunda Dam.
- Practice your architectural photography on Warwick’s historic sandstone architecture
- Check out the famous Leslie Park in Warwick.
- Check out Cunningham’s Gap
- Check out the Yelarbon Silos, with their stunning silo art.
- Visit Dalby and take in the local heritage trail, where you’ll see some cool old buildings.
- Check out Australia’s largest wind farm. Coopers Gap Wind Farm is now complete and you can see it for yourself from Niagara Rd, between Dalby and Kingaroy.
- Check out the collection of tractors and agriculture machinery at Pioneer Park in Dalby.
- See part of the world’s longest fence, the Dingo Barrier, at Jandowae.
- While in Jandowae why not do the Jandowae Heritage Trail that takes in 16 points of interest in the local area.
- Make sure to check out the grounds of Jimbour House while in the area
- Ride or walk the South Burnett Rail Trail.
- Do a day trip up to the Bunya Mountains and walk among the historic rainforests.
- Visit the famous Blackbutt Bakey.
- Visit Kingaroy and pickup some peanuts from the world-famous Peanut Van.
- Go for a dip at Coomba Falls.
- Visit small South Burnett towns like Nanango, Wondai and Murgon.
- Head out of Toowoomba after sunset to a dark sky area, well away from the city or towns, to get the perfect view of the night sky.
- Watch the sunrise from Table Top Mountain
- Go for a swim at Crows Nest National Park.
- Have a picnic in Queens Park.
- Take a tour of the First Coat murals spread across the city.
- Do the farmers’ country drive that takes you on the backroads through Maclagan, Haden and Goombungee.
- Take a hike through the Ravensbourne National Park.
- Visit both Super Rooster and Crackerjack Chicken and decide which shop is the ultimate in terms of Toowoomba’s homegrown chicken stores.
- Hike down the escarpment at Picnic Point.
- Walk from Queens Park to Middle Ridge Park. Follow the East Creek park trail all the way from Queens Park to Lake Anand Park, Garnet Lehmann Park, Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat, Amanda Drive Park to Middle Ridge Park.
- Visit the Toowoomba and Drayton Cemetery and learn about the residents who used to call the region home.
- Go shopping at Grand Central, as a number of stores have now reopened.
- Grab your bike and hit one of the many mountain bike trails in Jubilee Park.
- Go for an afternoon stroll through the Botanic Gardens, taking in the smell of the flowers.
- Drink a coffee in Laurel Bank Park.
- Do the Toowoomba Bypass-Toowoomba Range loop, using the u-turn facility at Helidon to turn around.
- Visit small towns like Oakey and Jondaryan to the west of Toowoomba.
- Visit the Toowoomba Farmers Markets which run until noon every Saturday at the Cobb and Co Museum.
- Pay your respects to our Anzacs by visiting the Mother’s Memorial and hold your own minute’s silence for our Diggers.
- Try your hand at golf at one of Toowoomba’s golf clubs. Contact your preferred golf club for competition times and details.
- Start getting your garden ready for The Chronicle Garden Competition with a visit to a local garden centre.
- Head out to Wellcamp Airport for a bit of plane spotting. REX is still flying, as is the Cathay Pacific cargo flight on Tuesdays.
- Sign up to take part in a USQ mini course, take your laptop or tablet to the park (along with your phone to hotspot off) and start studying.
- Hike through Redwood Park.
- Go for a drive down the Murphys Creek Range and visit the small town of Murphys Creek.
- Do the Russell St Historical Walk, taking in all the historic architecture like St James’ Anglican Church, the Toowoomba Railway Station, Hotel Norville and more.
- Visit one of the city’s hardware stores to give your home a spruce.
- Go for a picnic at Perseverance Dam.
- Go for some retail therapy at Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre or Harvey Norman.
- Drive down the range and head east. Visit towns like Gatton and Withcott along the way.
- Read a book in the Japanese Gardens.
- Hike through Glen Lomond Park.
- Explore the Cranley walking tracks.
- Pick up some fresh produce from Betros Bros or Westridge Fruit and Vegetables.
- Support our at risk youth by buying a takeaway coffee at the Emerge cafe.
- Feed the ducks at Lake Annand Park.
- Play a game of tennis. The Toowoomba Tennis Association will reopen their courts from Monday.
- Support our homeless by buying a coffee at 2nd Shot.
- Check out the Aboriginal rock carvings at Junction View.
- Take unwanted rubbish in your home to the dump.
- Head up the New England Highway and stop off in Highfields, Hampton and Crows Nest along the way.
- Visit Peavehaven Park in Highfields. Take in the fresh air and the views.
- Go for a picnic at Cressbrook Dam, which has reopened after being closed for several months.
- Buy a takeaway meal from one of the many cafes or restaurants in Toowoomba that you can’t dine in yet at.
- Take in the sights at the Lions Scenic Rest area off the New England Highway, looking over the Toowoomba Range.
- Do a drive to the south of Toowoomba and visit Cambooya, Nobby and Clifton.
- Explore the Spring Bluff Railway Station and gardens. While the cafe at the site is closed, the gardens remain open to visitors.
- Watch the sunset from Mount Kynoch. Head up to the Mount Kynoch Water Treatment Plant, where there is an adjoining park, and look out to the west for the best views of the sunset from Toowoomba.
- Take a hike around Mount Peel Bushland Park in Drayton.
- Do a drive to the south-west of Toowoomba and visit towns like Southbrook and Pittsworth. Up to 50km.
- Go and smell the roses at the State Rose Garden in Newtown.
- Head for a day trip to Allora, known as the “best little town on the Darling Downs”.
- While in Allora, make sure to take a photo outside the childhood home of PL Travers, the author of Mary Poppins.
- Visit the Prince Henry Heights lookout. You can also can walk up and down the escarpment there if more of a challenge is needed.
- Hit the thrift shops. Lifeline stores have reopened, as have other second hand stores. It’s time to pop some cash with only $20 in your pocket.
- Visit some of our region’s top beauty therapists and get all the latest and greatest treatments.
- Visit family you’ve been cut off from due to restrictions.
- If all else fails, a classic lap of Ruthven St is a great way to kill time.
- If you don’t feel like doing any of these 150 things, Just stay home.