Toowoomba

Cobb & Co Museum, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 159089

Toowoomba is a city with a distinctive charm courtesy of its wide, tree-lined streets, colonial architecture and more than 240 parks and gardens. The city is perched 700 metres above sea level on the rim of the Great Dividing Range. Established in 1849 as a small village near an important staging post, Toowoomba is now the commercial centre for the fertile Darling Downs region. The city was re-built after the devastating 2011 floods, and visitors continue to be captivated by its mild summers, leafy autumns and vibrant springs.

Visitor Information

86 James St (Warrego Hwy), cnr Kitchener St; (07) 4639 3797 or 1800 331 155

www.toowoombaholidays.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Crows Nest National Park

    Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its...more

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

  • Main Range National Park

    Stretching for 55 kilometres along the Great Dividing Range, World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park forms the western part of a...more

Nearby towns

  • Oakey

    Oakey is an agricultural town on the Darling Downs surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and black-soil plains. It is also the base for the...more

  • Gatton

    Located in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane, Gatton was founded in 1855 as one of the first rural settlements in Queensland. It is...more

  • Crows Nest

    On the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range north of Toowoomba is the small town of Crows Nest. It was named after Jimmy Crow, a...more

In Town

Cobb & Co. Museum The museum traces the history of horse-drawn vehicles in the Darling Downs region. It has been recently expanded to include the National Carriage Factory, featuring an open-plan training centre that hosts workshops for heritage skills including blacksmithing, saddlery, silversmithing and glass art, with a viewing area for visitors.There is also an interactive discovery centre for children. Open 10am–4pm daily; 27 Lindsay St; (07) 4659 4900.

Parks and gardens No trip to the 'Garden City' would be complete without a visit to some of the superb parks and gardens. Lake Annand is a popular recreation spot with boardwalks, bridges and ducks; MacKenzie St. There are imposing European trees in Queen's Park, which also includes the Botanic Gardens; Lindsay and Margaret sts. Laurel Bank Park features the unique Scented Garden, designed for the visually impaired; Cnr Herries and West sts. Birdwatchers should visit Waterbird Habitat where native birds can be watched from observation platforms and floating islands; MacKenzie and Alderley sts. The impressive Japanese Garden at the University of Southern Queensland is the largest in Australia. Read More

Regional Art Gallery: changing exhibitions in Qld's oldest gallery; open 10am–4pm Tues–Sat, 1–4pm Sun; 531 Ruthven St; (07) 4688 6652.

Royal Bull's Head Inn: National Trust–listed building (1859) with small museum; open 10am–4pm Fri–Sun; Brisbane St, Drayton; (07) 4637 2278.

Empire Theatre: live theatre in this restored Art Deco building, opened in 1911; 56 Neil St; 1300 655 299.

Picnic Point: offers views of Lockyer Valley, mountains and waterfall. Enjoy the recreational facilities and walks through bushland. Perfect venue for Summer Tunes concerts in summer; Tourist Dr, eastern outskirts.

City tour: Stonestreets Coaches offers a 2 hr tour of the city; book at the visitor centre or (07) 4687 5555.

Nearby

Highfields: growing town featuring Orchid Park, Danish Flower Art Centre, quaint shopping centres and historical village with vintage machinery and buildings; 12 km N.

Cabarlah: small community that has the Black Forest Hill Cuckoo Clock Centre and holds excellent country markets on the last Sun each month; 19 km N.

Southbrook: nearby Prestbury Farm offers accomodation and the experience of rural life; (07) 4691 0195; 34 km SW.

Lake Cooby: fishing, walking and picnic facilities; 35 km N.

Pittsworth: in town is the Pioneer Historical Village, featuring a single-teacher school, early farming machinery and a display commemorating Arthur Postle, or the 'Crimson Flash', once the fastest man in the world; village open 10am–1pm Wed–Fri and 10am–4pm Sun or by appt; Pioneer Way; (07) 4619 8000; 46 km SW.

Yandilla: here you'll find the quaint, steeped All Saints Anglican Church (1877), the oldest building in the shire; 77 km SW.

Millmerran: colourful murals illustrate the history of this industrial town, including the dairy industry mural at the Old Butter Factory, and the mural on the water reservoir showing the development of transport. The town's historical museum is open 10am–3pm Tues–Thurs; (07) 4695 2560; 87 km SW

Ravensbourne: this National Park area boasts bush walks, lookouts and native wildlife; 50 km N

Scenic drives: take in places such as Spring Bluff, with old railway station and superb gardens (16 km N), Murphys Creek and Heifer Creek.

 

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wivenhoe 67 km

Impoundment fishing for native species in southern Queensland has enjoyed phenomenal growth and it all began at Lake Wivenhoe. Situated about 80 km west of Brisbane on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Wivenhoe has a surface... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Spotted Cow Hotel

A go-to drinking hole for over 120 years, this is beer and live music heaven. Sample one of 70 boutique brews on the menu in the Jersey Bar or Oropa European Bar Cafe, where the beer is served using traditional nine-step... Find out more


Veraison

Given that its name refers to the ripening of the grape, it’s hardly surprising that the wine list here is impressive. Not only is it huge (their cellar boasts more than 500 bottles), but it also includes many... Find out more


Weis

Just say the name and anyone with a sweet tooth who’s lived for a while within 100 kilometres of this mountain-top restaurant will go misty eyed. The house dates back to 1924, and for the last 40 years it has been... Find out more


Campsites around town

Crows Nest camping area 36 km

The eucalypt forests of Crows Nest provide a beautiful setting for wildlife-watching, hiking and bush camping. You can look for platypus in the creek, spot brush-tailed rock wallabies, or take a walk across the gorge to... Find out more


Lake Cressbrook camping area 41 km

With excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing on offer, it’s a watersports wonderland at Lake Cressbrook. For walkers, a 5 km circuit starts at the camping ground and loops around the lake... Find out more


Lake Dyer Camping and Caravan Ground 42 km

The caretakers at Lake Dyer recently renovated the toilet block, installed new gas barbecues and a washing machine, and built a new playground. There are 16 powered sites at the campground. Visitors can enjoy the scenery... Find out more


Centenary Park camping area 50 km

This campground features 8 powered sites, a laundry and an electric BBQ. For stays more than 1 night, the second night is free; maximum stay is 7 nights. Visitors can throw a line in at nearby Lake Dyer or enjoy the... Find out more


Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park 50 km

Anglers will like this freshwater sport-fishing hotspot, and holiday-makers will enjoy the kitchen, kiosk, cabins and other park facilities. An officially sanctioned local group has plans to stock the water with... Find out more


Atkinson Dam Holiday Park 52 km

Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy access to the shoreline of Atkinson Dam at this site, 8 km south-west of Coominya. There’s a general store for supplies, fuel and gas bottle refills, plus laundry facilities. Look... Find out more


Bowenville Reserve camping area 54 km

This large, shady campground is on the southern banks of Oakey Creek – perfect for fishing or taking a dip. Bring your own drinking water. To get here, follow Bowenville–Norwin Rd, 4 km south of the Warrego... Find out more


Yarramalong Weir 57 km

Camp on the riverbank at this basic site, 30 km east of Millmerran on the Condamine River; bring along firewood and drinking water. It’s on Shire Rd (No. 96) off the Millmerran–Leyburn Rd. Millmerran is 82 km... Find out more


Poplar Flat camping area 60 km

On the banks of Dalrymple Creek in the Goomburra section, this large grassy campsite is big enough for 100 campers. You’ll need to bring your own firewood if you want to use the BBQs, or purchase it locally, as... Find out more


Captain Logan Camp 63 km

With as much water as 2.5 Sydney Harbours, Wivenhoe Dam is a major water storage reserve for south-east Queensland and a hub for watersports enthusiasts (however boat motors are not to be used on the lake). With 57... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Toowoomba Motor Village Caravan Park 3 km

Located on the southern approach to Toowoomba, this is an older established park but has good facilities and amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the local area.... Find out more


BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 3 km

Colourful, manicured gardens greet you at the entrance of this high-quality park in a quiet location, about 3 km from the city centre. The park has great amenities and is a good base for exploring this wonderful city and... Find out more


Crows Nest Caravan Park 33 km

Only 1 km south of Crows Nest on the New England Highway, the park has a popular licensed restaurant and offers easy access for vans and larger motorhomes. It is good value for money.... Find out more


Rose City Caravan Park 71 km

Located on the northern outskirts of town, this is a smaller, good quality, dog-friendly park. It is ideally located for an overnight stay but would be very comfortable for a longer period.... Find out more


Glendon Caravan and Camping Grounds 73 km

This park is 38 km north-west of Warwick and 2 km south of the Cunningham Highway along a good unsealed road. Situated on a 1600-acre property, the well-shaded, quiet camping area boasts modern amenities, a shop, a golf... Find out more


Kahler’s Oasis Caravan Park 74 km

Located on the south side of town, this is a spacious park with good amenities best suited to the touring caravans and motorhomes passing through the area.... Find out more


Washpool Camping Reserve 75 km

Lake Leslie, a popular fishing destination, lies 14 km from town at the end of a sealed road. The park has numerous powered and unpowered sites spread across a large acreage alongside the dam. Normally a quiet peaceful... Find out more


Lake Moogerah Caravan Park 80 km

In a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Moogerah, nestled among the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, the park is 9 km south of Aratula along a sealed road. The lake is a popular destination for waterskiers.... Find out more


Yarraman Caravan Park 81 km

Perched high on a hill about 1 km north of Yarraman, the park has a great outlook over the surrounding areas. This is an easy park to access. It has a large number of sites and is popular with caravan clubs who can use... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

James Cottage B&B

With its iron lace and balustrades, and intricately designed pressed-metal ceilings, this cottage is typical of the Federation architecture that is such a feature of Toowoomba. The original hoop-pine floors, cast-iron... Find out more


Quality Hotel Platinum International

When it opened in 2008, this was Toowoomba’s first four-and-a-half-star motel, and the highest rated accommodation in the city. It has 36 rooms, some with spa baths and self-catering facilities, and is close to art... Find out more


Vacy Hall

Queensland homes don’t get much more stately than this National Trust–listed mansion, built as a private home for a wealthy squatter in the 1880s. It has 12 guest bedrooms and bathrooms, all with central... Find out more


What's on around town

PCYC Markets: 7am–12pm Sun; 219A James St;

Darling Downs Farmers Markets: 7am–12pm 1st and 3rd Sun each month; Victoria St.

Toowoomba Royal Show: Mar/Apr.

Easterfest: Music festival; Easter.

Carnival of Flowers: Sept.

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