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Picnic Point, Toowoomba

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Picnic Point is a heritage-listed park at 168 Tourist Road, Rangeville, Queensland, Australia. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 13 November 2008.HistoryPicnic Point and its adjacent parkland is today a reserve of approximately situated on the crest of a prominent bluff along the top of the Great Dividing Range at Toowoomba. The site was selected by William Henry Groom, the first Lord Mayor of Toowoomba in consultation with WC Hume, the then Commissioner of Crown Lands on the Darling Downs as being "one of great beauty, easy of access, commanded splendid views of the deep gorges of the Main Range and the hills below it, and was the recreational resort of the people for a days outing."The word "picnic" has entered the English language via the French term picque-nique, a term which, by the early 1700s, had come to describe "an informal communal meal to which guests brought their own food, or paid for themselves at a restaurant, but which increasingly took place outdoors". Picnicking became a popular leisure activity in Britain by the 1800s and British immigrants to Australia found that the mild climate, seemingly "boundless" opportunities for the provision of public open space, particularly in attractive settings, offered many opportunities to continue with this tradition. Picnics at public parklands or reserves offered people the opportunity to enjoy the company of large gatherings of families and friends in congenial surroundings, or for particular interest groups to socialize. It is of note that from the time the first portion of 38 acres (15 hectares) of this reserve was set aside in 1886 that the name given to the area was Picnic Point.
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  • In beautiful sunny weather lunch was had outside in a gentle breeze as we gazed out east over the Range. You can see for miles on clear days. Lunch was just right, delightfully prepared and presented,...  read more »
  • Great view point over the Range from Toowoomba. I love the oversize Australian flag which is visible all over the city & well down the Range too. Plenty of parking & a nice spot for a picnic, with lot...  read more »
  • Lovely spot, great view down the valley. Great cafe, but also nice spot for a picnic. Great children's play area. Plenty of benches to sit and wonder at the views. 
  • If your in Toowoomba this is a must visit for your dining pleasure. The meals were excellent and the service was spot on. We had a very enjoyable evening.
  • Probably the best and most varied tourist location in town. Awesome views, a waterfall, bushwalking and play areas for the kids.
  • We love going to Picnic Point as a family to look out over to Table Top and kids love the icecreams!
  • Excellent food, top quality service and with a smile, did not have to wait long for our meals we were so impressed with our whole experience plus beautiful views, what more could you ask for? we will be bringing our family and friends here to dine when they visit us in Toowoomba this is definitely the best restaurant in town! compliment's to all the staff
  • Wonderful staff and so friendly, quality food ,coffees ,we get treated so well and the views.
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