What to do in Toowoomba
There are many things to see and do in Toowoomba all year round. In spring time, Toowoomba's parks and gardens become vibrant and ablaze with colour and life, and to celebrate Toowoomba's status as "The Garden City", every year in September the Carnival of Flowers is held, with a street parade, and other activities.
Visit our 165 council parks & gardens, including the beautiful Japanese gardens (only a 25 minute walk from the Holiday Park). Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Lockyer Valley from Picnic Point Lookout with coffee shop & restaurant. Take a stroll through history at the wonderful Cobb & Co museum, and if fine wine is for you a visit to our local wineries is a must. The Chocolate Cottage Cafe and Black Forest Cookoo Clock shop at Highfields are certainly worth a visit. For the gourmet in all of us a meal at the award winning Weis Seafood Restaurant is an experience not to be missed. See below for links and further details.....
Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre
Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre is conveniently located on James Street (Warrego Highway) in Toowoomba. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information and mementos. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on things to see, things to do and where to eat. Visit the friendly volunteers to discuss your touring plans, or to buy local products (food and gifts) and souvenirs. Parking is available for cars, caravans and coaches. >>visit the website
Carnival of Flowers - September
It was Toowoomba's status as the "Garden City" which inspired Essex Tait to suggest the city hold an annual carnival in order to help promote business within the city. The event first premiered in the Spring of 1950 and was such a resounding success that it has been held every year since. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is held in the last full week of September and comprises of a street parade along with other activities. >>visit the website
One of the most peaceful and beautiful parks in Toowoomba is the University's Japanese Garden. Located on the northern side of the campus, on a four and a half hectare site, it is Australia's largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden. >>visit website
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
At 531 Ruthven Street, the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland was established in Toowoomba in 1938. The new, specifically designed Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery opened in March 1994, and is owned and maintained by council. Admission is free and access for the disabled is from street level, with a lift leading to the upper floor.
Rimfire is the "Real Deal" offering a wide range of quality wines, including many rare varieties, grown in Rimfire's own vineyard and produced on site in the Rimfire winery.
Highfields Pioneer Village
Highfields Pioneer Village Museum and Park Inc is a voluntary community based non-profit organisation run by volunteers, established in April 2000 to support and maintain the pioneer village at Highfields. >>visit website
Warrego Wines is a modern winery near the historic township of Marburg, part of one of Queensland's newest wine regions - The Scenic Rim. The winery provides spectacular views of the beautiful mountains nearby and a selection of some of Queensland's finest wines.
Jondaryan Woolshed is the centrepiece of Jondaryan Woolshed Historical Museum and Park that was established in 1975 to present the history of Jondaryan Station and its role in the development of pastoralism on the Darling Downs.
Cuckoo Clock & Grandfather Clock Centre
Australia's largest display of German Grandfather and Cuckoo clocks. There are 1000’s of different Cuckoo Clocks and almost 100 German Grandfather Clocks on display. There is a variety of wall, mantle and even modern quartz clocks available. Souvenirs and many other exquisite European gifts compliment the display. >>visit website
Darling Downs Zoo
Darling Downs Zoo
The Darling Downs Zoo is Queensland's newest zoo and is situated in a tranquil rural setting on Queensland's beautiful eastern Darling Downs ... about midway between Toowoomba and Warwick. The zoo is divided into four separate geographical areas and features animals from Africa, South America, South-east Asia as well as Australia. Our emphasis is on housing and displaying animals in appropriate social groupings as well as in naturalistically themed habitats. Our goal is to eventually be able to display representatives of the reptile, bird and mammal life of each of these regions of the world. Ultimately we intend that the Darling Downs Zoo will SPECIALISE in the captive husbandry of at least one species from each of the regions.
Easterfest (formerly known as the Australian Gospel Music Festival) is a massive three-day christian music festival that takes over Toowoomba in Queensland each year during the Easter long-weekend. Running since 1998, the festival is one of Australia’s biggest drug and alcohol free events with more than 40,000 revellers cramming into Queens Park to witness over 100 of the biggest names in international Christian rock, blues and gospel strut their stuff.
Cobb & Co Museum in Lindsay Street.
The restored Empire Theatre with local and international performances.
Wave pool and aquatic play areas at the Milne Bay Aquatic Centre.
Ravensbourne National Park
Rainforest, bushwalking trails and birdwatching, approximately 45 minutes drive from Toowoomba.
Toowoomba Tourist Drive No 1
Fine heritage architecture including City Hall and the Royal Bulls Head Inn (built in 1859, now a National Trust museum).
Racing at Clifford Park
A self-guided Tombstone Trail of the local cemetery, exploring the region's early pioneering history.
PCYC Markets (every Sunday), Wilsonton Undercover Markets (every Sunday), Darling Downs Farmers Market (first Saturday of each month), Queens Park Craft Market (third Sunday of each month).
Night thoroughbred racing at Clifford Park.
Crows Nest National Park
Walking and hiking
Bushwalking in Toowoomba's Escarpment Parks and Crows Nest National Park.
Kearney Springs Historic Park
Miniature steam train rides at Kearney Springs Historic Park (third Sunday of each month)
Milne Bay Military Museum in O’Quinn Street.