"Gardens & Gardeners Galore!" Top 5 Page for this destination Toowoomba by balhannah

Toowoomba Travel Guide: 72 reviews and 276 photos


On our 11,500km journey, we pass through Toowoomba, no stopping this time as we visit here often. I do hope you will stop and enjoy this "flower city."
We stop at the next town, which is

"News Flash!"

JANUARY 10th 2011, and Toowoomba and the surrounding towns of Murphy's Creek, Grantham & Withcott have been devasted by an ALMIGHTY FLOOD.

Can you imagine 10" or 250mills of rain falling in 1 hour, incredible!!
This flood was a once in a life time event, described as an inland Tsunami.
It caught people unaware, coming unexpectedly with such force and speed, that some lost their lives. There is a tremendous amount of damage, and a lot of people without homes.

My heart and prayers go out to these people, and I do hope that we never see anything like this happen again, once in history is enough!


Toowoomba is a modern city, with beautiful heritage buildings & modern ones interspersed amongst them.
The magnificently restored art deco Empire Theatre is one of these, this Theatre attracts regular performances.

Located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, 700 metres above sea level, Toowoomba is known for its open spaces, parks, and as the "GARDEN CITY."

It is located about and hour and a half from Brisbane, an easy drive on good roads.

One of the 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.

Views are had, overlooking the fertile, vegetable growing area of Lockyer Valley, parts of Toowoomba, and Table Top Mountain.


Because of where its located, it experiences the four seasons, so foliage will change colour for Autumn, unlike Brisbane.

In Winter, it is quite cold, and in Summer, generally cooler than Brisbane.

The city has two sign posted scenic tours that you can do, this way you can see all the main sights. A well signposted drive for visitors will take you past the city's finest architecture, including City Hall, the National Trust Royal Bulls Head Inn and Heritage Street and historic Russel Street.

A visit to the Cobb & Co Museum is a must as it houses Australia's largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles.

Toowoomba really is Queensland's Garden City, with more than 240 public parks and gardens. In spring, the gardens are an extravaganza of colour, and the city celebrates with its Carnival of Flowers, held each year in September.

From mid-January to mid-February the city is again ablaze with floral colour.

From March to May tints of red and gold, mark the Autumn showing, when you can walk through Queens Park amongst the blanket of fallen oak and willow leaves.

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 would like to stroll among the flowers, visit the meticulously tended Queens Park Gardens at Queens Park or take time out to smell the flowers in Laurel Bank Park.

Use Toowoomba as your base to explore the interesting surrounding towns.


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful garden city
  • Cons:Can be very cold!
  • In a nutshell:Toowoomba truly is a 'GARDEN CITY'
  • Last visit to Toowoomba: Feb 2015
  • Intro Updated Feb 17, 2015
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    The flora loooks wonderful; my favorite things to see/do. Is the White Horse an old hotel or department store?

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    The flora loooks wonderful; my favorite things to see/do. Is the White Horse an old hotel or department store?

  • JulieJueletha's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Beautiful flowers! Wonderful page!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Dec 19, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Thanks! A city worth visiting if your in Queensland, especially when the flower festival is on.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Fantastic page Dee! Have always wanted to visit Toowoomba but did not realise it was so good. Sept must be prime time, you photos are excellent

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    What a wonderful place to visit with 240 public parks and gardens. I would love to visit in spring or at the Flower Festival.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Oct 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      You will have to come one day! It's a most beautiful sight, and for free.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    Back for another visit to this fantastic page! I would love to visit here during the Carnival of Flowers! There's so much to see and do and it seems to incorporate so many things that I love.

  • carol_fooa's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    I went on Sept 2011, its really a flora and fauna place, really worth to visit !

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2011 at 3:12 AM

    Wow, what a feast for the eyes, I absolutely love this page :D

  • picek's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    Indeed marvellous place - I hope it will recover soon, life settle back to normal, gardens and landscape to thrive. Oh, one Wollemi pine tree now grows in Croatia (in coastal town Zadar), donated by Australian governemnt. Best wishes, v.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Wonderful looking place that you have described here. Hope they are able to recover well from this past year.

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