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Toowoomba - Cities, Towns and Localities

‘The Garden City’

The picturesque inland city of Toowoomba is located only 90 minutes drive from Brisbane and is the commercial and economic hub of the Darling Downs region. that encompasses over 4 million acres of rich grazing lands on the western side of the great dividing range.

Clinging to the edge of the Great Dividing Range escarpment at an altitude of 700 metres above sea-level, Toowoomba has magnificent views of Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley region.

White men first entered the area in 1816, an English botanist Mr Allan Cunningham explored the area and named the region “The Darling Downs” after the then Governor of NSW Sir Ralph Darling. The location of the city was originally a swamp and it is believed that the name came from the aboriginal word for water reeds “Woomba Woomba” other theories exist but nobody knows for sure. The town was given this name by a Mr Thomas Alford whose wife was the first to give birth to a European baby in the location.

Toowoomba today has over 1,044 hectares of parkland including the beautiful Botanic Gardens which are a major highlight of the Carnival of Flowers held each September. With over 150 parks and gardens this city is one for the plant lover with the best time to visit in the spring. Like any major centre there is more to see than the flowers, with well preserved colonial buildings, museums, wineries, theatres and much much more.

Check out our listing of Toowoomba accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre
86 James Street
Warrego Highway
Ph: 07 4639 3797
Freecall: 1800 688 949
7 Days 9 am - 5 pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
Hampton Visitor Information Centre
Chapman Park
8623 New England Highway
Ph: 07 4697 9066
Freecall: 1800 009 066
7 Days 9 am - 5 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Toowoomba Attractions

Bunya Mountains National Park
• Offers spectacular mountain scenery with many peaks several of which are over 1000 m high. The highest being Mount Mowbullan and Kiangarow 1135m high. Rare high altitude grasses live here as do a myriad of birdlife that thrive on the seeds that abound here. Rare birds include the Coxen's Fig Parrot and the Black Breasted Button Quail.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
• For fifty-three years visitors have been lured to the floral Carnival on the mountain during the last week in September to view one of Australia’s major floral festivals. A tour group is a wonderful way to experience the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and we will give you every assistance we can in your planning.
Toowoomba City Parks
• For a complete listing of parks and gardens in Toowoomba check out this website.
The Museum of Australian Army Flying
• Ph: 07 4691 7666 • Email
• The aim of the MAAF is to acquire, restore and maintain aircraft, equipment, material and documents relating to Australian Army flying since its beginning in 1912.

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Toowoomba Distance

Distance to Toowoomba
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Toowoomba:
• Brisbane 123
• Cairns 1,747
• Chinchilla 164
• Crows Nest 46
• Dalby 84
• Esk 79
• Goondiwindi 225
• Hampton 34
• Highfields 16
• Ravensbourne 52
• Kingaroy 163
• Millmerran 82
• Nanango 138
• Warwick 83
• Wondai 194
• Yarraman 118
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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