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Toowoomba, QLD

Toowoomba is a great city to shop ’til you drop, dine late and discover the best things in life. It is a treasure-trove of tradition and culture.


Crowning the edge of the Great Dividing Range 800 metres above sea level, Toowoomba is renowned for its architecture and open spaces that overlook the Lockyer Valley. One of city’s famous vantage points is Picnic Point, from where you can explore the graded walks along the range escarpment, or sit back, relax and take in the view.

Toowoomba really is Queensland’s Garden City, with more than 150 public parks and gardens. In spring the gardens are an extravaganza of colour, and the city celebrates with its Carnival of Flowers, held each year in the last full week of September.

From mid-January to mid-February the city is again ablaze with floral colour. From March to May mellow tints of red and gold mark the Autumn Showing, when you can enjoy a carriage ride through Queens Park amongst the blanket of fallen oak and willow leaves.

Toowoomba’s history has been preserved in its buildings. The magnificently restored art deco Empire Theatre attracts regular performances. A well signposted drive for visitors will take you past the city’s finest architecture, including City Hall, the National Trust Royal Bull’s Head Inn and ‘Heritage Street’, Russell Street. A visit to the Cobb & Co Museum is a must as it houses Australia’s largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles.

Garden-lovers will be kept busy exploring the city’s internationally themed gardens – the University of Southern Queensland’s Japanese Gardens, the Wetlands of the World and the New Zealand-themed park at Lake Annand. If you favour a stroll among the flowers, visit the meticulously tended Botanic Gardens at Queens Park. Take time out to smell the flowers in Laurel Bank Park.


Visit the garden city

The Garden City is an appropriate description for Toowoomba on Queensland’s Darling Downs.
The city has 1,044 hectares of parkland including Redwood and Jubilee parks on a natural bushland escarpment and the centrally located Queens Park with its mature trees and playing fields.
The beautiful Botanical Gardens, with their perfectly manicured lawns and vibrant garden beds, bring a divine serenity to the heart of Toowoomba. The gardens are a central highlight of the city’s annual Carnival of Flowers, held every September.


Architecture and history complement the beauty of the city’s parks and gardens. Toowoomba has an elegant and gracious city centre with many handsome old buildings, and wide streets.
Stroll the streets and you’ll uncover many National Trust-preserved sites such as the Italianate-style post office (1878) with its original clock tower, and the nearby courthouse, also built in the 1870s in the classic Revival style.
Worth a visit is the Cobb & Co Museum, which traces the history of horsedrawn transportation in Australia. Among the 30 vehicles featured are old timber wagons, spring wagons, and bullock drays, Cobb & Co coaches and the elegant Victorian landau used by the then Duke of Edinburgh when he visited the colony in 1876.

Nearest Airport: Toowoomba

Where to stay?


  • Caravan and Camping
  • Homestay
  • City
  • Rural/Country
  • Environmental
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Honeymoon
  • Indulgence/Luxury

Popular Activities

  • Trail bike riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking
  • City Sightseeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Driving
  • Golfing
  • Horse Riding
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Skating
  • Swimming
  • Wine Tasting
  • Nightlife

About Toowoomba

  • Locality: Major urban locality
  • Toowoomba Postcode: 4350
  • State: Queensland
  • Region: Southern Queensland Country
  • Latitude: -27.5613
  • Longitude: 151.95551
  • Elevation: 602m
  • Population: 2088
  • Median Income: $30056
  • Area (Sq/km): 2.717
  • Timezone: Australia/Brisbane

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