Toowoomba has a number of amazing parks & gardens all located minutes from the CBD. A visit to at least one of Toowoomba’s parks is a must when you visit. Queen’s Park, Picnic Point, Laurel Bank or Newtown Park to name just a few – they all offer something unique. Whether its exploring the heritage listed botanic gardens of Queen’s Park, experiencing the interesting aroma’s of Laurel Bank Park’s scented gardens, visiting the rose gardens of Newtown Park or seeing the majestic views of the
The Japanese Gardens is set on a 3 hectare site and is one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden. It is located about 10 minute’s drive from Toowoomba CBD and is one of the most peaceful & beautiful parks ever created. It’s elements of mountain stream and waterfall, Dry Garden, central lake, Azalea Hill, three kilometres of paths, 230 species of Japanese and Australian native plants, and lawns combine in a seamless and restful harmony. It is estimated over 100,000 people per year visit the Japanese Gardens. The gardens are open from 6am – dusk and admission is free. For more information visit the University website
Cobb & Co Museum is located next to beautiful Queens Park. The museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is home to the National Carriage Collection, Australia’s finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles. The museum features extensive displays on the natural and cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs which provides visitors with specific insight into local Indigenous cultures, megafauna and the development of the region from settlement to today.
The museum operates a number of heritage workshops from blacksmithing and silversmithing to leadlighting and millinery. The also offer school holiday programs.
Enjoy a free guided tour of the museum or enjoy a coffee at the Cobb’s Coffee Shop open daily from 10am – 4pm.
For more information on opening hours, workshops & admission prices call 07 4659 4900 or visit their website.
The Empire Theatre is the largest performing arts precinct in regional Australia and boasts several performance and function spaces. It is located in the Toowoomba CBD and serves as one of the main entertainment hubs for Toowoomba and the surrounding areas. The theatre was built in 1911 and rebuilt in an art deco style in 1933 following a fire and finally restored and reopened in 1997. The theatre offers guided tours which give you a glimpse of the heritage listed building. The Empire Theatre hosts shows and performances of all genres from kids plays and musicals, to comedy shows and ballet. For more information on what’s on and guided tours visit their website.
The Jondaryan Woolshed is a unique experience with over 150 years of history. It was built in 1859 and was the grandest and largest woolshed in the world. It is still the largest most original of any woolshed in Australia. The eastern wing is unrestored and is just as it was in 1859 when it was built. The Jondaryan Woolshed offers guided tours, sheep shearing, damper cooking to name just a few of the activities. Cabins and camp sites are also available for those wanting to enjoy the serenity of staying in Australian bush. For more information on The Jondaryan Woolshed visit their website.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is an annual cultural party featuring floral parade, food, wine, entertainment and all things spring. It is the longest running event of it’s kind in Australia! The town’s parks are transformed in beautiful patterns of colours with flowers of all different varieties. Take a tour of the award winning competition gardens, enjoy the festivities, decorated floats and song and dance of the Floral parade, indulge in the flavours of the Food & Wine festival or enjoy the weekend entertainment of rides, concerts and kids day out at Queen’s Park.
The Carnival is gala not to be missed and tourists and avid gardeners come from far & wide to enjoy the Carnival. It’s a colourful & cultural display not to be missed. For more information visit their website.
Tosari Galleries is the first venue of it’s kind in the Darling Downs region. Now discerning art lovers and visitors can enjoy and purchase original, limited edition prints, along with a range of unusual and beautiful Australian designed and made glass, ceramic and timber souvenirs or corporate gifts. A purpose built gallery room has a programme of changing exhibitions of ethically sourced paintings by indigenous artists from Queensland and the Northern Territory. Tosari Galleries also operates regular art workshops. For more information and opening times visit their website.