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
Australia

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Sand Safari Arts Festival

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
9 – 25 February 2018
There is no better way to spend February than at the Sand Safari Arts Festival at one of Australia's most iconic beaches, Surfers Paradise. Over 17 days, the sands and streets of Surfers Paradise will come alive in a celebration of sand, sea and sport inspired art.

Our Land People Stories - Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$21 - 48
23 February 2018
HOTA presents Our Land People Stories by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Bangarra brings you three personal and profound dance works, showcasing the infinite stories of Australia’s cultural heritage. The stunning paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu are brought to life in Nyapanyapa, Wiradjuri family and kinship is explored in Miyagan, and the two sides of Sydney’s Governor Macquarie are uncovered in Macq.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 February 2018
The iconic Beachfront Markets have been adorning the foreshore of the popular tourist precinct of Surfers Paradise since 1995, catering year-round to holiday-makers and locals alike. Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening, from 4pm to 9pm, thousands of visitors make their way to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets to enjoy some relaxed retail therapy by the world-famous beach.

Karaoke at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 26 February 2018
The Avenue hosts the Gold Coast most popular Karaoke show every Monday night from 8.30pm. Featuring the amazing Karin from Red Hot Entertainment. Come and join the fun, where everyone becomes a star.

Avenue Comedy Night Every Wednesday Night

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 28 February 2018
Every Wednesday night, The Avenue welcomes local and international comedians to the stage for a hilarious night of entertainment. With free entry, electric atmosphere, talented guests and a delicious menu, make Wednesday night at The Avenue your new weekly ritual.

Benny D Williams Live at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
4 March 2018
The Avenue is proud to host the most entertaining performer you will ever see on your travels. Floating gently to you from the Coast of Gold, Benny D Williams brings his "junkyard soul" sounds to our ears.

Australian Surfing Awards

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
6 March 2018
The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame were first convened in 1985 by the Australian Surfriders Association (now Surfing Australia) to preserve the history of Australian surfing and honour its great achievers.

Concert For The Planet

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
24 March 2018
In celebration of Earth Hour, HOTA presents an evening of discovery and symphonic experience, transforming the parkland into a classical music soundscape. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, extended to include over 100 local musicians, will perform Holst’s The Planets with conductor Lachlan Snow.

Amy Shark

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
4 April 2018
After touring North America, headlining festivals across Australia and landing at #2 in triple j's 2016 Hottest 100, Amy Shark hits the Queensland Music Stage. Gold Coast born and bred, Amy is a contemplative and soulfully brooding singer-songwriter who shot to the top of radio playlists with her single 'Adore'.

Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
4 April 2018
Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project kicks off Festival 2018. Featuring original members of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Yothu Yindi with special guests, the night will serve up classic hits and brand new material all with an electronic twist.
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