Things to do in Toowoomba - there is something for everyone!
Toowoomba helps you re-discover the best things in life. It is a treasure-trove of tradition and culture.
Historical Buildings and Antiques
Crowning the edge of the Great Dividing Range 800 meters above sea level, Toowoomba is renowned for its architecture and open spaces that overlook the Lockyer Valley. One of city's famous vantage points is Picnic Point, from where you can explore the graded walks along the range escarpment, or sit back, relax and take in the view at the Picnic Point restaurant.
Toowoomba's history has been preserved in its buildings. The magnificently restored heritage listed art deco Empire Theatre attracts regular performances. A well signposted drive for visitors will take you past the city's finest architecture and a visit to the Cobb & Co Museum is a must as it houses Australia's largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
Discover even more intriguing history and architecture through a self-guided walk of the Mort Estate precinct. Drop in to the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre (86 James Street) for a copy of the brochure to guide you along your way. Allow a minimum of one hour for a brisk walk and longer for a leisurely stroll.
Toowoomba has some great antique stores to investigate. You could start on Railway Street, following a delicious breakfast at one of many the cafes.
Activities For Children
Toowoomba offers many activities for the kids from tennis, swimming, rock climbing and roller-skating to tenpin bowling or a game of cricket at the park adjacent to the cottage. If the weather doesn't permit an outdoors activity you'll find a variety of books, DVD's and board games.
Golfers will love the picturesque Toowoomba Golf Club at Middle Ridge, which is said to be 'The Finest Provincial Course in Queensland'. Featuring a challenging Par 72 (5952 metres) 18 hole layout, this stunning course has hosted numerous major championships and international golfing visitors.
Garden lovers will be kept busy exploring the city's internationally themed gardens the University of Southern Queensland's Japanese Gardens, the Wetlands of the World and the New Zealand-themed park at Lake Annand. If you prefer a stroll among the flowers, visit the meticulously tended Botanic Gardens at Queens Park or take time out to smell the flowers in Laurel Bank Park.
From March to May mellow tints of red and gold mark the Autumn Showing, when you can enjoy a carriage ride through Queens Park amongst the blanket of fallen oak and willow leaves. Toowoomba really is Queensland's Garden City, with more than 240 public parks and gardens. In spring the city celebrates with its Carnival of Flowers, held in late September each year.
For the keen Fisherman, Cress brook dam is approx. 40 minutes north of Toowoomba, towards crows nest. It's great for Bass fishing, you'll nearly always catch them off the bank. Don't forget your permit!
While in Toowoomba, why not pop along to one of the many weekend markets. Spend the morning browsing through the stalls and indulge in some fresh goods, handmade products, or grab yourself a bargain!
Wine coinsures will enjoy a visit to Rosalie House & Cellar Door Restaurant, a small winery and lovely restaurant nestled in beautiful Lilyvale Valley, 18 minute drive from Banksia Cottage. Experience their range of boutique wines and enjoy the breathtaking views from their picturesque property. *Opening hours may vary so we suggest contacting the venue.
If a horse riding adventure is what you are after and you are keen to see some picturesque countryside give 'Cowboy Up' a call. They are based approx 50 minutes from Toowoomba (north of Crows Nest) and cater for the novice to the experienced rider and anyone in-between.
If getting back to nature is on your agenda, Crows Nest National Park (30 minute drive from Toowoomba) is home to Crows Nest Falls, which plummets 25 meters. Beyond Crows Nest Falls Lookout, lies Koonin Lookout. Here, you will find a spectacular view over a deep gorge known locally as the Valley of Diamonds. The origin of the name is a mystery but it is thought it refers to the way the surrounding granite rocks sparkle in the sunlight. The Koonin Lookout features eucalypt forest remnants, granite outcrops, waterfalls and creek scenery. The walking trail is 4.5 km long.