Why visit Toowoomba?
Located in Australia’s Sunshine State of Queensland, Toowoomba is more than worthy of its nickname, the Garden City. During certain times of the year, the city becomes a blaze of colour as the flowers in the many parks and gardens here burst gloriously into life. Toowoomba takes its status as the Garden City seriously, holding an annual Carnival of Flowers each September, the longest running floral event of its kind in the whole of Australia. The general atmosphere here is very laid-back and there is a certain charm to the downtown area, the tree-lined streets and friendly locals making Toowoomba seem more like a rustic, country town rather than a city. To add to the rustic theme, the city is home to a number of charming country pubs, many serving locally sourced food produce along with traditionally brewed ales.
The history of the city dates back to 1840 and visitors get the opportunity to revisit its colonial past at the Cobb and Co Museum. Amongst other exhibits, this fascinating attraction is home to the National Carriage Collection, featuring a variety of beautiful horse-drawn vehicles. More history can be experienced by walking along Russell Street, one of the oldest avenues in the city and one which is lined with fine examples of colonial architecture. As it is situated over 700 metres above sea level, the city affords epic views over the vast Lockyer Valley from Picnic Point Lookout, where you can also enjoy refreshments at the coffee shop and café.
When is the best time to visit Toowoomba?
The month of September is the best time to visit as this is when the famous Carnival of Flowers is held, with colorful street parades and activities for all the family. During this time, the city’s many green spaces, such as the beautiful Japanese Garden, are in full bloom and make for a truly arresting sight.
When is the cheapest time to visit Toowoomba?
The cheapest months to visit the city are the winter months of May and June. October and November are also relatively cheap months compared to the rest of the year.
How to get to the city from the airport?
The city is served by Toowoomba Airport, although this airstrip only handles domestic flights. International flights arrive at Brisbane, which is 125 kilometres away. There are regular flights from Brisbane to Toowoomba Airport, which is only a couple of kilometres away from the city by taxi. Alternatively, Greyhound Australia operates an extensive bus service direct from Brisbane Airport to the centre of Toowoomba.
How to get around the city?
If you have access to a car, there are three main roads which run through the city and surrounding areas – the A2 Warrego Highway, the A3 New England Highway and the A39 Gore Highway. There are six bus routes in operation here but service is limited at the weekends. The taxi cabs in the city are metered and offer reasonable fares compared with many other Australian cities.