Sitting atop the Great Dividing Range is one of Australia’s largest and oldest inland cities.
With more than 150 public gardens and parks, it’s not surprising that Toowoomba is affectionately known as ‘the garden city’ - but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that there’s even more than gardens, tree-lined streets and colonial architecture to see here.
From lively pubs and restaurants to inner-city cafes and street murals that mark a growing arts and culture scene, there’s something fresh and modern hiding around every historical corner.
Here are some of the best events and activities to add to your Toowoomba to-do list.
- Come in Spring for the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. With a floral parade, food and wine festival and concert series, this is without a doubt the most colourful event of the year.
- Plan your trip to coincide with one of the performances at the historic art-deco Empire Theatre. Choose from plays, ballet, music and comedy.
- Take your pick of events to celebrate Easter weekend - with the Easter Vintage Festival, Streets and Lanes Festival and the Easter Family Fun Weekend all held throughout the region.
- Celebrate the region's farming culture at the Hampton Festival, featuring food events, live music and workshops in May.
Whether you love history and culture, or you’re more the mountain-adventure type, you’re sure to find something you love in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region.
Toowoomba offers a charming mix of old and new.
Spend your morning exploring one of the famous parks and gardens dotted throughout the city, or learn a traditional skill and browse horse-drawn vehicles at the fascinating Cobb + Co Museum.
For lunch or a coffee break, choose from local favourite restaurants and cafes such as Ground Up Espresso or Ortem - and if you’re still up for more exploration then download the First Coat App and take yourself on a post-lunch street-art tour.
For dinner? Why not pack a picnic and take the short drive to Picnic Point for spectacular panoramic views over Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley - or choose from the many restaurants, bars and hotels throughout the city.
Broaden your trip, and you’ll find an entire region dotted with national parks, waterfalls and country townships perfect to explore during your stay.
Kids and adults alike will love the Darling Downs Zoo - a small but impressive attraction with lions, zebras, meerkats and monkeys located only 40 minutes south of town.
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Toowoomba enjoys four distinct seasons with warm humid summers, cool winters and pleasant spring and autumn weather. Average temperatures fall between 6°C and 19°C in winter and between 16°C and 28°C in summer, with most rainfall occurring in the summer months.
From the airport
Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport is located approximately 25 minutes’ drive from Toowoomba city centre. A taxi rank is available outside the terminal building.
In and around the city
Bus Queensland runs a public bus service around the city, or hire a car to explore the wider Darling Downs region. The inner city is easily discovered on foot or by bicycle.
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