The amazing stories behind city's love lock craze
SEVEN years ago The Chronicle published a story looking for the loved up couple who enshrined their love at Picnic Point with a padlock.
Today, dozens adorn the spot now known as a romantic landmark in the city.
The tradition is believed to date back more than 100 years to Serbia in World War One and is meant to symbolise unity and an unbreakable love.
As part of a public call out, a number of people have come forward to share the story behind their Picnic Point ''love lock''.
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From Melbourne with love
The spot holds a particular place in Renee Schmidt's heart.
After her husband proposed to her in Melbourne, attaching a padlock there and throwing the key in the river before popping the question, it was only right that she added another with the initials of their son at Picnic Point after their wedding in 2015.
"It's a lovely and romantic, if a bit corny, part of our history," Ms Schmidt said.
"I'm so glad the padlocks have been kept up at Picnic Point."
Distance could not come between them
Former Sydney woman Natalie Said had always heard of her friend's ''cousin Mick'' in Toowoomba, but after some inter-state letter exchanges the pair cemented their love in the Garden City.
"To cut a long story short, Michael's visit to Sydney ended up with us going on a date to see the lights of Vivid and from then on we started dating. Only problem was, I lived in Sydney and he was in Toowoomba," Ms Said told The Chronicle.
"On my first trip to Toowoomba ... we decided that we would commemorate this special trip with our own locks on the hitching rail.
"Fast forward to January 2017, I got into my car with my dog Gizmo and said goodbye to Sydney as I was moving up to be with Michael and to take a chance on love. When family come to visit we always go up to Picnic Point and show them our locks on the hitching rail."
Love blooms in the Garden City
Mandee Harbort has fond memories of the hitching rail, that is because it is the spot her love blossomed with her partner.
After previously locking their love there, a second trip to the site was even more memorable.
"I just finished work and he made a comment that he was at Picnic Point earlier that day and couldn't find our lock and thought it had been taken off, so we agreed to go for a walk and have a look to see if we could find it," she said.
"It took me ages to find it as there was two little locks attached to our big lock that had our initials on it and as I read out the words on the two little locks 'marry me' I turned to him and he was on one knee with the ring in his hand."