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Guide to Toowoomba, Queensland
Toowoomba is a beautiful mountain city located 127km away from Brisbane in South-Eastern Queensland. Also known as the Garden City, Toowoomba is Australia's largest inland regional city. After the beaches, glitz and glamour associated with the coastal towns of Queensland, tourists will be pleasantly surprised by the rich scenery and relaxing country pace. Visitors come to Toowoomba for the natural attractions, the beautiful gardens and the old-fashioned hospitality that a rich colonial and pastoral history can provide. With its long history, open scenic terrain, well-preserved buildings and a number of museums, Toowoomba is ideal as a refreshing and relaxing destination for an active and curious family.
Toowoomba Main Attractions
Carnival of Flowers
Every year in late September, Toowoomba celebrates its status as the Garden City by holding the Carnival of Flowers. Spring is when the city's gardens are a vibrant burst of colour, and visitors can partake in a variety of activities designed to show off the diversity of entertainment available. Events include the street parade, Classic Car Carnival, live music, food, wine and twilight garden walks.
Crows Nest National Park
Crows Nest National Park showcases the rugged beauty of the Australian outback and Great Dividing Range. The national park comprises eucalypt forests, granite boulders, and meandering creek beds. To see the sights, visitors can walk the 4.5km trail, as well as the lookouts over the picturesque Crows Nest Falls, Koonin, and the stunning Valley of Diamonds.
Formally the Australian Gospel Music Festival, Easterfest is a three-day festival held over Easter, when Toowoomba converts much of Queens Park and the CBD into an entertainment precinct. As well as a mixed music line-up, there are numerous other activities catering to the entire family, such as markets, rides and workshops.
Vacy Hall is Toowoomba's only heritage-listed hotel, and is continually well regarded in a variety of publications and websites. Centrally located within Toowoomba, the 19th Century building is situated close to galleries, cafes and other attractions.
For a more modern stay, Toowoomba's Central Plaza Apartment Hotel offers a range of modern facilities, such as an excellent restaurant, day spa and pool deck.
Toowoomba is home to Australia's largest traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden. Located at the university and with 230 species of Japanese and Australian flora, the Japanese Garden is a must-see feature of the city.
Australia's largest regional performing arts theatre, the Empire, is a heritage-listed art-deco building that features a range of national and international performances.
The rosarium in Newtown Park has over 1500 roses and is constantly updated. The State Rose Garden provides information on the roses, the history of the park, and the people of the region for which the garden is intended as a living memory.
For visitors wishing to appreciate the best foods on offer in the region, Bunnyconnellen is an olive grove and vineyard located 45 minutes north of Toowoomba. With fine wines, gourmet foods, olive-related products and attractive gardens, Bunnyconnellen is an excellent way to spend a lazy, gastronomic afternoon or evening.
The Cobb & Co Museum is home to the National Carriage Collection, featuring over 40 horse-drawn carriages. The museum also features exhibits on Toowoomba's colonial history.