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 meters above sea level, overlooking the Lockyer Valley. Known as Queensland’s Garden City, enjoy a picnic and relax in one of Toowoomba’s 150-plus parks and gardens. From March to May mellow tints of red and gold mark the autumn showing. In the winter months, enjoy rugging up and winding down.
If there is a haze of colour emanating from the South East Queensland skies in mid-September it’s not the Northern Lights gone crazy, it’s the hue of more than 124,000 incredible blooms as they blossom in spectacular style to herald the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. As the longest running event of its kind in Australia, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a celebration of flowers as well as food, wine, and all things spring! Features include a huge street parade, residential and commercial garden competitions, sideshow alley, free entertainment, the Food and Wine festival and live concerts.
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. A drought in 1850 saw many re-settle a few kilometers 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 alive and well in interactive museums, historical attractions and in streetscapes dotted with stately architecture.