Perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, the beautiful ‘Garden City’ of Toowoomba is located in the Darling Downs region of South East Queensland, just an hour-and-a-half from Brisbane. Why not refresh your senses and check out our fabulous range of Toowoomba accommodation?
With over 240 public parks, Toowoomba is renowned for its lovely gardens and green parklands as well as the incredible views of the Lockyer Valley. Stroll through the lovingly tended Botanic Gardens at Queens Park in the town centre, or take a picnic in Laurel Bank Park.
To explore the gorgeous internationally-themed gardens around Toowoomba, head to the University of Southern Queensland’s Japanese Gardens, the Wetlands of the World, and the New Zealand-themed park at Lake Annand. One thing every visitor must do before leaving town is to take in the incredible views from the top of the range at Picnic Point, a popular spot for bush walking and sunset picnics. And if you’re here in September, this ‘Garden City’ really comes alive with the beautiful and colourful celebrations of the Carnival of Flowers!
A treasure trove of culture abounds in Toowoomba. From the cute town centre bustling with book shops, art and crafts shops, haberdashery and dress shops, to the cute cafes and restaurants around town, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. Toowoomba also has a vibrant theatre culture, so you can always catch a play or performance at the stunning art deco Empire Theatre on Friday or Saturday nights.
Love sussing out the architecture? In Toowoomba you can see a blend of old and new, from the City Hall to the National Trust listed Royal Bulls Head Inn, and the trail of heritage sights along Russel Street. Also don’t miss the old world charm of the Cobb and Co Museum, which houses Australia’s largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
If you’re looking for an adventure just outside of Toowoomba, there are tonnes! Take a mini road trip to Warwick, an old heritage town, or visit the rural towns of Stanthorpe, Dalby or Chinchilla, all within two hours’ drive. Getting to Toowoomba is a piece of cake. Either fly into Brisbane and hop on a Greyhound bus, or make the 45 minute drive here along the Bruce Highway, bypassing Gatton and Helidon.
Toowoomba is a fab getaway from the city that won’t leave you high and dry for things to do! Explore the beautiful gardens and parklands, check out the architecture, and kick back with a coffee in one of the cute cafes. If you’re longing for some peace and quiet, Toowoomba delivers, yet with all the modern conveniences of the city! Book into one of our Toowoomba hotels below and you’ll soon be easing your way into the relaxed city life of the Darling Downs!