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Exploring Toowoomba: 7 Things to Do in This City

If you ever find yourself wanting to explore Toowoomba in Australia, go ahead because you will not regret it. Here are the top seven things to do, see, and eat in this Queensland’s largest inland city.

  1. Relax at Picnic Point Lookout

Have a picnic and relax by yourself, with a partner, or the whole family. Overlooking the Great Dividing Range, you can feast your eyes to the seemingly never-ending acres of lush lawn offered by Picnic Point Lookout. Place a picnic rug under one of the different kauri or pine trees and revel in the sight. 

  1. Learn at Cobb + Co Museum

Museums, the “look but don’t touch” kinds, are usually not everyone’s cup of tea. But this one must be. It’s not the standard museum where you walk around and appreciate the art piece or historical item using your eyes only.

Instead, Cobb+Co Museum offers interactive displays as well as trade workshops you can participate in. Boys and girls can certainly have fun and learn a lot with their whip plaiting and silversmithing workshops. God knows these skills can come pretty handy one day. The museum also has some of the best scones in town. Try them! 

  1. Watch a Show at Empire Theatre

If you want to be mesmerized, then catch a show at the Empire Theatre. The theatre by itself offers an impressive architecture you will be happy to have stepped foot in, but the shows are something else. Some of the notable shows here are Swan Lake, The Lion, The Witch, and many more others. My Fair Lady is set to be shown in the upcoming days.

  1. Smell the Flowers at Lauren Bank Park

If Picnic Point Lookout is not enough, you can also visit Laurel Bank Park. It’s a garden inside a garden. It’s one of the Toowoomba’s premier parks and features all sorts of trees and flowers. There are barbecue spots as well as picnic areas, which you can plop down and revel in the view and scents as well.

Children play equipment are available for kids to play with. it’s a nice place to just wind down and appreciate what nature has to offer. Since seasons change, one can expect the floral offerings of this park to change as well. However, throughout the year, guests can just visit spectacular transformations. Trees change in color and new flowers bloom in certain seasons so it is never tiring to visit this park.

  1. Appreciate Passion at Street Art Trail

Fifth, discover the finest of Toowoomba’s street art. It is not only Melbourne that has some of the nicest graffiti laneways in Australia. Toowoomba has them too! Go to Street Art Trail and check out all the eye-popping artworks in sky-high walls. Some buildings are so covered with graffiti art teeming with emotions and passion from the artists popping out it’s actually meditating to just gaze at them. 

  1. Drink at Preston Peak Wines

Number five got you all thirsty? Then check out Preston Peak Wines. You can do a mix of both here, exploring and drinking. Located on the Great Dividing Range as well as overlooking the Lockyer Valley, you can certainly consume some fine wine here while soaking in the majestic view. Deep into this locality is the village chapel where most of the amazing weddings take place.

  1. Eat at Original Saigon Restaurant

While there are several more historical sites, parks, and gardens that you can explore in Toowoomba, check out its amazing food scene as well. After all the sightseeing, you must be tired at the end of the day. Looking for delivery food nearby? Then check out Original Saigon’s menu for more healthy food options.

It’s one of the premier Vietnamese restaurants in the area. Craving for pho? For rice noodles? How about some pork or vegetable banh mi? You name it, they have it. You can have some takeout on the go too and go to the aforementioned parks. 

You can do so much more than these seven things in this list, of course. But these are great for starters. If you are new to Toowoomba or have already visited this gem of a place, then you are in for a surprise for how many things you can do and sights to see in here. There’s always something to appreciate here, especially its food scene.

Play More and Win a Sudocrem My Little Adventure Pack!

One of the reasons that we moved to our little house in the countryside, back in 2015, was so that we could spend more time outdoors as a family. Living in a very suburban area meant that we were constantly surrounded by noise and pollution, our garden was overlooked by about 100 other houses and to get anywhere even vaguely quiet or secluded, we’d need to drive a fair way.

Where we live now, there are less than 15 houses in our entire village and we have a lovely big garden for the girls to enjoy, as well as public footpaths leading through the countryside, right on our doorsteps. It means that screen time has been massively already reduced this summer, with the girls choosing to play outside in the paddling pool, riding their bikes, or walking with me and Husband when we take Maureen out (which hasn’t been until about 9pm in this heat!)

We’ve teamed up with Sudocrem to get involved with their latest campaign to get kids outside. As part of the campaign, they are encouraging parents around the UK to nominate a nursery and give them the chance to help improve the nurseries outdoor play area – just click the link to go through the the page for nominations. 

They said: “Children are spending more time indoors than outside and they are missing out on exploring the natural world around them. In fact, research found that 1 in 9 British children have not visited a beach, park or forest in twelve months, and on average, a British child only spends 4 hours a week playing in the great outdoors. [1]This is why Sudocrem set up the award-winning Play More campaign, an initiative designed to encourage parents and children to get back in touch with nature and explore the greatest playground on earth- the outdoors. As part of the campaign, Sudocrem carried out a survey which asked 200 children between the ages of 4 to 8 years old to identify some of the creepy crawlies in Britain. The survey revealed that 9 out of 10 children (89%) were unable to recognise a butterfly even though there is an abundance of native British insects, with around 27,000 insect species calling the UK home. Moreover, 51% didn’t know what a Bumblebee looks like. And, surprisingly, 1 in 3 (29%) didn’t realise that bees make honey[2].

Children are not only unable to identify some of the most distinctive insects, but they are also missing out on the adventure which comes with playing outside in a natural environment.  Over half of those surveyed (59%) admitted that they had never climbed a tree, 89% didn’t know what a Buttercup was and 77% couldn’t identify a Sunflower. Are children losing their sense of wonder and adventure?

According to children’s TV presenter and naturalist, Chris Packham, who’s an ambassador for Play More, parents should be encouraging their children to get outside and explore the natural environment around them. “I was very fortunate when I was a child because I was encouraged to interact with the outdoors- looking under rocks and searching under logs and hedges to find creepy crawlies. If you just open your eyes, you’ll see that there is an incredible natural world out there waiting to be discovered”.”

They’ve given us one of their gorgeous Sudocrem My Little Adventure Packs to give away to one lucky reader.  The kit is worth £40.00 and includes:

– Play More t-shirt
– Play More sun hat
– Bug Pot
– Frisbee
– Butterfly Net
– Magnifying glass
– Trowel or fork

To be in with a chance of winning, leave me a comment below telling me your favourite place to get outdoors with the kids. You’ve got until midnight on 31st July 2018 to enter.

T&Cs: winner will be chosen at random. Winner will have 48 hours to provide me with their postal address once contact has been made. If winner doesn’t respond within this time a new winner will be chosen. No cash alternative offered, prizes supplied and sent by PR company for Sudocrem. Mum’s the Word accepts no liability for supply of prizes.
[1] According to a government report, ‘MENE: A pilot for an indicator of visits to the natural environment by children- results from years 1 to 2 (March 2013-February 2015)’.
[2] National report conducted by Sudocrem, April 2018.

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