Queensland’s Garden City is the last outpost between the Great Dividing Range and the red sands of the Western Downs. Situated 700 metres above sea level with views over the Lockyer Valley, the city is a popular escape for city slickers looking to experience the laid-back comforts of country hospitality.
With four distinct seasons and 150 public parks and gardens, Toowoomba truly lives up to its name in spring during the annual Carnival of Flowers, and the surrounding highlands offer excellent walking tracks through dense rainforest and waterfalls.
Visit one of Toowoomba’s many country pubs for a chance to experience the historical setting of Steele Rudd’s stories first hand and dig into a prime cut of locally produced beef paired with a bottle of your favourite drop.
With a colonial history tracing back to 1840, Toowoomba’s many museums and galleries provide a time capsule of the city’s pioneer past. The Cobb & Co Museum lets you re-live the tall tale of Queensland’s first horse-drawn coach and mail service and the Milne Bay Military museum exhibits the history of Australia’s armed forces.
If you’re culturally inclined, spend a night out at the restored art deco Empire Theatre and enjoy a play at the largest regional theatre in Australia. Seating 1,600 people, the theatre has a long running track record as Toowoomba’s premier stage and music venue.