I am a senior writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, editor, published poet and former editor of poetry magazine Fruit Salad. I have also authored children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Published December 10th 2015
Find your own secret spot
Maybe it's time to escape the Christmas shopping or simply nab some time out. Try these seven 'secret' pleasures.
1. Scented Gardens
Meander the Scented Gardens within Laurel Bank Park by the babbling brook. Inhale peppery aromas and locate their botanical source. Rest a while in the gazebo with an inner city feel. For the eccentric you may even enjoy the sound of gravel scrunching underfoot.
Cherub in the Scented Gardens; an inner city feel.
Take a night drive around town and visit the Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland festival of lights from 5th to 24th December 2015. The Botanic Gardens in Lindsay Street are decked out especially as are numerous homes and businesses for this special time of year. Check out The Chronicle for a list of prize-winning light displays.
3. Countryside Escape
Toowoomba's best kept secret lookout at the end of Panoramic Drive, Preston, will take you away from the town. Spectacular sunset views will see you return to this romantic spot overlooking the countryside towards Mt Sylvia, Toowoomba and further west.
4. Early Picnic Sea
Head to Picnic Point, Tourist Road early morning for a panoramic sunrise. Try one of the lower lookout points for some solitude. Come next June, you may be blessed enough to catch low-lying clouds covering the valley area with an 'inland sea'. It looks as if the mountain has decided to pull the doona up for a lie-in.
Inland sea below Toowoomba in the Lockyer Valley.
5. Outer Rim
Drive the volcanic rim of the range starting at Picnic Point then following Rowbotham and Leslie Streets for fabulous peeks down into the valley. Snoop around the posh houses for a closer look. Continue south to Nelson Street for a feeling of the Australian bush under the peaceful eucalyptus trees. If you get out early enough you may even see a kangaroo on Nelson Street.
6. Modern Death
The Toowoomba and Drayton Cemetery provides a gazebo surrounded by water features bringing peace and quiet to the weary or bereaved. A multitude of interesting gravesites could lure you for some exercise around the grounds; a popular spot for walkers in this neighbourhood. Located on the corner of South Street and Anzac Avenue.
7. Puzzle My Breakfast
Enjoy a cool morning breeze on the balcony at Grand Central shopping centre with 'Macca's' (McDonald's) for breakfast. Grab the newspaper puzzles and ease into your day with a long hot coffee and cooked breakfast. Tree-covered views of the north east escarpment and Margaret Street waking up, will help blow the cobwebs away.