Toowoomba Local Attractions
For the golf lovers, City Golf Club, Toowoomba’s Premier Club is conveniently located close to the CBD, boasting an impressive yet challenging 18 hole golf course set amongst natural Australian bushland.
Garden City Lanes Ten Pin Bowling
Fun for all the family, with glow in the dark lanes at night, reserve a lane for your party, you will have a ball. Conveniently located on Herries Street.
Brindabella Country Gardens and specialist nursery features over 1000 rose bushes, including the complete collection of perfumed David Austin Roses, The new romantic roses from Delbard of France as well as Conifers, Maples, Cottage Perennials, Rhododendrons, Cherries and lots more.
Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard sits amongst the gentle rolling hills of the Darling Downs close to Crow’s Nest. The Cellar Door offers a showcase of various wines, award winning table olives, olive oils and deli larder products.
The Bunya Mountains lovingly referred to as “The Bunyas” by locals, is an isolated piece of the Great Dividing Range, the peaks of Bunya Mountain rise to an average of 975m with glorious rainforest, eucalypt forests, woodlands and high altitude grasslands.
A short drive North on the New England Highway will take you to Crows Nest where you will find the historic Carbethon Folk Museum and Village, which offers a street full of history alive with memories of the way life used to be. Step into the General Store or Post Office and imagine the life of yesteryear.
Every spring, The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a sparkling spectacular of colour and events including the Grand Central Floral Parade and Food and Wine Festival offering a range of live entertainment, events, exhibitions, tours and attractions.
The Cobb & Co Museum boasts the largest and finest collection of coaches within Australia displaying more than 50 horse-drawn carriages including the very last Cobb & Co coach and the Landau, the Rolls Royce of carriages.
Crows Nest National park has extensive picnic facilities, camping, lookouts and walking trails with Crows Nest Creek meandering through the park to the falls which cascades into a deep waterhole. Perfect for photographers and naturalists.
At Toowoomba’s heart is the beautifully restored Empire Theatre, built in 1911. The theatre hosts major productions from opera and ballet to comedy festivals and contemporary music performances.
The Highfields Pioneer Village covers an area of 20 acres with over 50 buildings displaying and preserving a collection of historic items showing present and future generations an insight into the way our forefathers lived and worked.
The Japanese Gardens provides an exceptional insight into the botanical world of Japan. The Japanese Garden is modelled on the Stroll Garden from the Japanese Edo period with gravel underfoot it boasts fragrant trees, running water and colourful bridges.
Within the mountains, heritage listed Jimbour House at Jimbour built in 1876 boasts beautiful gardens an exquisite residence and its own winery. The Jimbour Cellar door and café offers a range of Jimbour wines and a tempting menu.
The popular, Lake Annand, showcases an array of ducks, bike tracks, barbecues, playground facilities, bridges and walking tracks paired with spectacular features such as a pulsating fountain, simulated lava flow and distinctive plants.
The Lakes Parks
Lakes Cooby, Cressbrook and Perseverance offer boating, barbecue, picnic, camping and children’s play areas in Toowoomba City Council maintained parklands. With fishing, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing, Cooby and Cressbrook also offer water sports enthusiasts a wide range of recreational activities.
Laurel Bank Park
Laurel Bank Park contains an outstanding collection of exotic trees including English and Spanish oaks, ginkos and Japanese maples. The park is also home to the tranquil Scented Gardens of fragrant blooms, herbs and shrubs. Playground equipment and a charming gazebo complete the park.
Every Sunday morning from 7.00am to 12.30pm the PCYC holds the Toowoomba Markets, if local markets and arts and crafts interest you, then this is the place to be.
Milne Bay Aquatic Centre
The Milne Bay Aquatic Centre and Gym boasts a 50m Olympic size lap pool as well as first class gym facilities with the added benefit of facilities especially for children.
The Milne Bay Military Museum showcases an excellent collection of military memorabilia from Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. Constructed in 1917 as the recruiting depot for the 11th Light Horse Regiment the museum occupies “The Drill Hall” located in Newtown Park.
Toowoomba has 2 Cinemas available, either the Strand Cinema on Margaret Street or at the Grand Central Cinema within the Grand Central Shopping Centre found a short walk away on Margaret Street.
Toowoomba hosts numerous national parks with a variety of bushing walking and horse riding tracks running along, below and around the escarpment. A series of firebreaks within the parks that provide walkers magnificent views to the north and south.
Situated on a scenic peak of the Great Dividing Range, Picnic Point presents the perfect combination of excellent facilities, walking tracks and stunning views of the Lockyer Valley and fertile farming lands of the Darling Downs.
Toowoomba boasts some magnificent wines from the region and when staying in town, Preston Peak winery is a magnificent place to visit with its amazing hill side views and fantastic local produce to sample.
Queen’s Park and Queen’s Park Gardens
Queen’s Park is the city’s largest park, in spring and summer, the park is a refreshing green belt on inner city’s doorstep with a sea of vibrant floral colours while the rich gold and brown hues decorate it during autumn and winter.
Located on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne protects one of the few remaining examples of rainforest that originally covered much of the local area. Short tracks enable visitors to explore the rainforest open for day use only.
Rimfire Winery found in Maclagan at the foothills of the Bunya Mountains is the oldest winery on the Darling Downs. Rimfire is a gateway to an exotic wine world.
State Rose Garden
The State Rose Garden has more than 1,500 roses planted, with many more to be planted over coming years. This rosarium is being continually upgraded as a living memorial to the people of this city and the district in general.
Table Top Park
Table Top Mountain is a park of volcanic origin. Its prominent outline and naturally treeless summit with its blanket of kangaroo grass and other native grasses, has made Table Top the source of inspiration for generations.
The Gallery’s focuses on Australian art includes works by regional artists and those with regional themes, represented by painting, works on paper, photography, ceramics, small-scale sculpture and jewellery.
The waterbird Habitat is 19 acres of environmental diversity consisting of deep and shallow lakes, areas of reeds, mud-banks, islands and grassy areas to provide feeding, roosting and nesting conditions required by different birds. Located a short drive away on Mackenzie Street.
For further tourist information, the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre is located at 86 James Street, just a quick 2 minute drive away.