Things To Do & See
Toowoomba is known as the Garden City and hosts the well known Carnival of Flowers held every year in September. It is situated in the Darling Downs region of southern Queensland, Australia. Places and events of interest are as follows:
1. PARKS ..
Go for a picnic or take a walk through one of Toowoomba's many beautiful parks. They're beautiful any time of year.
There's the Japanese Gardens at the University of Southern
Laurel Bank Park
Newtown State Rose Garden
Picnic Point & Restaurant, which is located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range
Queens Park Botanical Gardens
2. COBB & CO MUSEUM ..
Cobb and Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and home to the National Carriage Collection. As well as Cobb and Co Coaches, the collection includes examples of a vast range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era, from farm wagons and delivery carts to the Rolls Royce of Carriages, the Iandau.
There's lot's to see and do - you can take part in or watch the Hands on Workshops.
3. REGIONS BEST WATERFALLS & POOLS ..
The Crows Nest Falls waterhole is closed off, but you can explore The Cascades Pool, Kauyoo Pool and Bottlebrush Pool in Crows Nest National Park.
Queen Mary Falls at Killarney is an amazing sight and is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
4. RUDDS PUB ..
Everyone visiting the Darling Downs should visit Rudd's Pub in Nobby. It was originally built in 1893 and known as the Davenporter Hotel. Legend has it that Steele Rudd, author of the famous Dad and Dave stories, sat by the fireplace at the Davenporter to write.
In his honour the pub's name was changed to Rudd's Pub in the 1980s.
Rudd's pub is like a museum, with photos and memorabilia on display, as well as tools, farming equipment and books. Rudd's Pub is at 45 Tooth Street, Nobby
5. JONDARYAN WOOLSHED ..
The Woolshed at Jondaryan has a relaxed, rural atmosphere. You can go on a self-guided tour of the Woolshed and the museum village, enjoy a delicious meal at the Woolshed Café Restaurant or visit the Damper Hut for an Australian-style Devonshire Tea and Ploughman's Lunch
6. ART IN TOOWOOMBA ..
The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery has great works on display.
Other galleries are Tosari Galleries in Margaret Street
The GRID in Ruthven Street
The USQ Arts Gallery at Artsworx
The Toowoomba Art Society in Godsall Street
Kontraband Studios in Laurel Street
The Met Toowoomba Gallery in Russell Street
7. GO BUSH WALKING ..
You can go to Table Top Mountain
Ravensbourne National Park
Crows Nest National Park, where you can have a bird's-eye view of the Valley of the Diamonds at Koonin Lookout.
8. DOWNS STEAM RAILWAY ..
Displays Toowoomba's rail history; locomotives include Locomotive 106, the Pride of Toowoomba and The Neil Mansell Explorer (The Drayton Bell).
See www.downssteam.com for details
9. ROYAL BULLS HEAD INN ..
This unique historical landmark was built by ex-convict William Horton, who previously worked for the famous explorer Henry Stuart Russell of Cecil Plains.
Timber buildings of this age are rare in Queensland and are worth a visit. The Royal Bulls Head Inn is located in Brisbane Street, Drayton
10. FROM PADDOCK TO POTAGER ..
The Paddock to Potager aim is to increase knowledge of where food comes from through on-farm tours, after school lessons, workshops and more. This concept was introduced to pass on farming skills especially to the younger generations.
11. MUSIC ..
There are lots of places in the CBD to listen to music.
The Spotted Cow regularly have live music and bands
Ground Up has started music events in the laneway near the coffee shop
Owie Paroz plays at FItzy's in Margaret Street
12. AUSTRALIAN ARMY FLYING MUSEUM ..
The museum has 22 aircraft on display and more under restoration, it boasts an impressive collection of wartime memorabilia.
The Australian Army Flying Museum is situated about 4km past Oakey, at the Army Aviation Centre.
13. MARKETS ..
There are lots of markets in Toowoomba.
PCYC Markets, each Sunday at the PCYC in James Street
The Toowoomba's Farmers Markets is every Saturday morning at the Cobb & Co Museum on the cnr Campbell & Mary Streets
Weekly farmers market each Thursday evening at the Empire Theatre in Neil Street
The Margaret Street Markets once a month
The Handmade Expo
There are also markets in Highfields, Cabarlah, Queens Park Craft Market and Murphys Creek
14. LAKES & DAMS ..
Spend a day out and about at one of the region's lakes or dams.
Cooby Dam is a great place to relax and it's got some good fishing spots.
Cressbrook Dam is great for fishing too, with a children's playground, excellent barbecue areas and picnic areas.
You can't fish or boat at Lake Perserverance, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do - there's great barbecue areas
15. TOOWOOMBA WATERBIRD HABITAT ..
The area is home to a variety of waterbirds including magpies, crested pigeons, darter, dusky moorhens, cormorants, ibis', butcherbirds, cockatoos, purple swamp hens, ducks, plovers and more. It's located in Rangeville, off Mackenzie Street
16. HISTORICAL WALK IN RUSSELL STREET ..
There is some fine historic architecture in Toowoomba's Russell Street. You can take yourself on a self-guided walking tour and see the buildings, many of which date back to the 1860s.
The walk starts at the Railway Station on Railway Street, continues west to Kensington Street and then turns east to the stately shop fronts in the city centre.
Buildings of note include the Hotel Norville, Toowoomba's Regional Art Gallery, City Hall and the Whitehorse Building (1912).
OTHER EVENTS AND OR PLACES OF INTEREST ARE ..
• Surat Basin Conference
• Toowoomba Speedway
• Horse racing events – Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap and Toowoomba Cup
• Qld Polo events
• Three day eventing and Showjumping, Dressage
• Arabian and Andalusion horse events
• Golf Tournaments
• Tennis Tournaments
• Variety of Interschool sporting events
• National Parks and Wildlife Centre