Lake Annand Park is a charming family fun spot all year round. And early winter is a wonderful time to enjoy the milder sunshine under the turning leaves of gold and russet.
Perfect for picnics, throwing a frisbee, or simply walking the dog, the park is popular with locals and visitors to Toowoomba.
There are several features, the main one being the beautiful man-made lake, then there's the Japanese bridge, bottle trees, fountain, playground with climbing wall and pirate ship and the New Zealand Garden with Rotarua component. This last is part of Toowoomba's International Gardens network.
Even on weekdays, visitors enjoy time out with their little ones.
At the time of writing the park is being visited by a plethora of Little Corellas. Noisy and frisky, they seem self-aware enough to pose for their photos. Maned geese and teal ducks would appreciate a bread handout. There's a boardwalk especially for feeding the ducks.
Little Corellas on the wing with the Japanese bridge in the background.
Walking around the lake works out a few kinks, with verdant expanses, plus bike paths, which also head across the street to the East Creek Park paths. On the quieter side is a lovely row of white and pink Camellias in bloom at this time of year.
Barbecue facilities (currently unavailable but returning soon), gazebos and newly renovated restrooms available. The park is also available for weddings.
How to get there: If you've just come up the range from Brisbane, head down James Street, then turn left into Kitchener St (the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre will be on your left on the corner). Left at Perth St where you will see the park ahead of you, then right into MacKenzie St.
If you're coming from Picnic Point, head down Tourist Rd/Long St till the bottom of the hill, you'll see it on your right, across MacKenzie St.
Parking in Bright Street adjacent to the park (off Perth St, then left at View St, then left into Bright) as well as in MacKenzie and Long Streets.