I’ve always been more of an Autumn-loving girl in the past, preferring the milder temperatures of Autumn in Australia to the grossly hot and humid days that Summer are usually remembered for, but moving inland to the countryside means we mostly skip the humidity that saturates the East Coast, and I’m most definitely Team Summer now!
Added to that is how transformed the landscape looks this Summer compared to last. Growing up in the country, Summer in Australia was usually synonymous with sun-scorched grass and cracked earth in my experience, but the rain we had in the early season reached even some of the worst drought-affected areas this year and I couldn’t be happier for the green and healthy countryside I wake up to each day.
Needless to say, we’ve been out exploring every chance we get, and I’m determined to hold onto these glorious days and make the most out of everything Summer has to offer before the season’s end.
One of my favourite ways of doing this is by making day trips on the weekends to some of my old-favourite and new-favourite places in our surrounding area. Having been bitten by the travel bug many years ago, I’m often daydreaming about exotic destinations far and wide, and often miss the local places we have to discover right on our doorstep. SO it’s been great to to reset and focus on the amazing Australian locations awaiting us this Summer!
So a few weekends ago, Tyrone and I hopped in the car and made the 90 minute drive to Toowoomba. At 125 km west of Brisbane, this city is easily doable as a day trip, but definitely better done over a weekend. I went to high school in Toowoomba so spent a great deal of my teenage years exploring the city, and while these days most of our time spent in Toowoomba involves running the errands we can’t run in our tiny country town, it’s a city I love to show Ty around whenever the opportunity arises.
On this particular day, we decided to take ourselves out for lunch. I led Ty straight to Gip’s Restaurant (120 Russell Street), a spot I’d been dying to visit ever since the early days of our wedding planning (we briefly considered it for the location of our wedding, just before the idea of getting married at my childhood home popped into my head and never left 😉 ). Set among beautifully curated gardens and housed in one of Toowoomba’s most historic buildings, this restaurant is a local gem and should definitely make your Toowoomba itinerary should you ever visit.
We sat outside in the garden courtyard, I wore my favourite Summer uniform of a flowy maxi skirt and a pretty crop top and it couldn’t have felt like a more perfect Summer’s day! I never thought I’d get into the crop top trend but when paired with the right high-waisted skirt, it’s a look I’ve really been loving. Perfect for this gorgeous Summer weather!