Toowoomba

Crisp winter air, knee-deep autumn leaves, clear summer days and a riot of colour in spring; nowhere else in Queensland will you experience all four seasons as distinctively as right here. Just 90 minutes from Brisbane, Toowoomba crowns the edge of the Great Dividing Range 700 metres above sea level, overlooking the Lockyer Valley.

Known as Queensland’s Garden City... so pack a picnic and relax in one of our 150-plus parks and gardens. Join the locals and taste the colours of spring at their Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers! Enjoy their ten-day festival of nonstop fun and laughter, fireworks, parades, the coolest music and entertainment as well as the sensational wines and tantalising tastes of the region.

From March to May mellow tints of red and gold mark the autumn showing. In the winter months, enjoy rugging up and winding down. Locally made wine and delicious food will tantalise the tastebuds and warm the soul.

Toowoomba’s colonial history traces back to the early 1840s with the establishment of the first store on the Downs at “The Springs”, soon thereafter renamed Drayton. The National Trust-owned Royal Bull’s Head Inn dates from that period and you can still see it on Brisbane Street today. A drought in 1850 saw many re-settle a few kilometres to the northeast at what is now Toowoomba. After rapid expansion a new municipality was proclaimed in 1860, a township in 1892 and a city in 1904.

Toowoomba and its surrounds are strongly linked by an interconnected history that you can discover is alive and well in interactive museums, historical attractions and in streetscapes dotted with stately architecture.

Make your first stop on the history trail the Cobb+Co Museum. You’ll find an outstanding collection of horse-drawn vehicles and the story of the natural and cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. You can trace Cobb+Co's role in the expansion of the Southern Queensland Country region, beginning as a small mail run in 1866 transporting mail and passengers to Brisbane and beyond.

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
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Ravensbourne National Park

Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
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Discover towering trees, palm groves, trickling streams and amazing birdlife in the best remaining example of the rainforest that once covered this part of the Great Dividing Range. Stop for a picnic in one of the day-use areas before heading off to explore the network of tracks that wind through the park.

Perseverance

Perseverance, Toowoomba Area
Around 45 minutes drive from Toowoomba on the Darling Downs, Perseverence is an area east of Crows Nest and Pechey, where you can enjoy a barbecue picnic by Perseverence Dam. Opposite Perseverence Lodge is a public park with barbecue facilities and playground equipment.

Kingsthorpe

Kingsthorpe, Toowoomba Area
Take a quiet side-track from the Warrego Highway or New England Highway to find the hamlet of Kingsthorpe. Kingsthorpe is just a 15-minute panoramic drive west of Toowoomba. Kingsthorpe features a number of parks with recreation areas, play equipment, and amenities, including Rosalie Walk, Settlers Park, Village Green, and Stoney Ridge Park.

Crows Nest Falls

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
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Weeping bottlebrush, river she-oak and forest red gum line watercourses while dry vine scrubs grow in sheltered gullies where soil and moisture accumulate at Crows Nest Falls, a prominent feature of Crows Nest National Park, located about a half-hour drive from Toowoomba.

Toowoomba Water Bird Habitat

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
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Nestled into suburban Rangeville, Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat is a beautiful and diverse wetland spread over 7.6 hectares (19 acres). Environmental diversity is essential if the habitat is to attract a variety of waterbirds.

Meringandan

Meringandan, Toowoomba Area
Meringandan sits amongst the valleys just off the New England Highway, between Toowoomba and Crows Nest, nestled at the gateway to Cooby Dam. Meringandan and its neighbouring community, Meringandan West, are a quiet detour from the busy highway.

Jondaryan

Jondaryan, Toowoomba Area
Jondaryan is a quaint rural township, home to The Woolshed at Jondaryan and Station Village. Built in 1859, The Woolshed at Jondaryan is Queensland's oldest operating woolshed. You can join a daily guided tour to learn about the history of Jondaryan Station and its role in the development of pastoralism on the Darling Downs.

Crows Nest National Park

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
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Discover spectacular scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest remnants on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. Nestled amongst eucalypt forest, bloodwood and stringybark trees lies Crows Nest Falls, about six kilometres east of Crows Nest and 56-kilometres north of Toowoomba.

Spring Bluff

Spring Bluff, Toowoomba Area
Spring Bluff is a beautiful valley tucked in the ranges north of Toowoomba and best known for its picturesque railway station. Spring Bluff Railway Station is a heritage listed site located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba.

Highfields

Highfields, Toowoomba Area
Just a short drive north of Toowoomba along the New England Highway is Highfields, a blooming community with many unique and specialised art and craft stores. Beautiful parks, delightful walking tracks, lovely cafes and an historic village make this a lovely spot to spend a day or two.
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