Toowoomba, Qld

Toowoomba Attractions

Botanic Garden & Queens Park

The Botanic Garden and Queens Park are heritage-listed and the stone archway in Lindsay Street marks the gardens' formal entrance. The gardens feature colourful flower-beds, formal gardens, an avenue of Canary Island Palms and a number of memorials. The focal point of the gardens is the Thomas Memorial which sits in the middle of a large circular bedded area. Adjacent to the Thomas Memorial there is a small cannon. There is also a leash free area for dogs and two playgrounds for the children.

Turn east off the New England Highway onto Margaret Street then take the 1st exit at the roundabout onto Lindsay Street. The main entrance is 400 metres on the left via the Helidon sandstone archway.. There is plenty of angle parking in Lindsay Street plus parallel parking on the opposite side of the street beside the Bowling Club.

Cobb & Co Museum

The Cobb and Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is home to the National Carriage Collection which features nearly 50 horse-drawn vehicles such as wagons, carts and drays, buggies, sulkies and gigs. Learn how these horse drawn vehicles helped shape our nation. There are also galleries featuring the natural and cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. This museum is very ‘hands on’ In every exhibition and program there are elements you can see, hear and touch. Try your hand at blacksmithing or create your own silver jewellery. Maybe making a leadlight panel for your home would be more to your liking. If you would like to try any of these things all you have to do is sign up at the museum.

Turn east off the New England Highway onto Margaret Street then take the 1st left onto Lindsay Street. The museum is just past the botanic garden and adjacent to the many windmills which are on the corner of Lindsay Street and Campbell Street. Toowoomba.

DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum

The museum is currently open to visitors Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.00am -3.00pm but during the Carnival of Flowers Festival in September it is open every day from 10.00am - 3.00pm when you can enjoy morning teas and luncheon on the platform and visit the award winning gardens. Section car rides are available between 10.00am and 2.00pm daily and while you are there check out the brilliant Dreamtime coach and lots more.

Located on the corner of Ball and Cambooya Street, Drayton, Toowoomba, just off Anzac Avenue.

Japanese Gardens

One of the most peaceful and beautiful parks in Toowoomba is the University of Southern Queensland’s Japanese Garden. This 4.5 hectare site has elements of mountain streams, waterfalls, a central lake, native trees, flowering shrubs and manicured lawns. There are 3 kilometres of paths to stroll along past the central lake and waterfalls cascading over traditional Japanese rock formations. Most visitors meander along the paths or relax on the seat near the Dry Garden. It is not uncommon to see an artist quietly painting a scene. Take some bread to feed the fish and the birds which includes swans, ducks and geese. Visit in spring when a mass of lilac blossoms hang from the Wisteria pergola, the cherry trees are blooming and the azaleas are putting on a show.

Located in West Street at the northern end of the University Campus.

Lake Annand Park

Lake Annand is a pleasant park that has been created along East Creek and covers two hectares. Although it is smaller that some of the other parks in the city, it is very popular. Water is it’s main focus, with an arched bridge that crosses the centre of the lake, and a fountain that shoots water into the air like a geyser. The fountain is only operational when there is sufficient water in the lake. There are plenty of ducks around just waiting for you to throw them some bread. There are garden beds running along the edge of the lake with weeping willow trees intermingled. The gently sloping lawns that feature a diverse range of trees and shrubs make it a really beautiful and tranquil setting. There is parking in Bright Street which is located on the west side of the park.

Located on the corner of Perth and McKenzie Streets.

Laurel Bank Park

This is one of Toowoomba's most spectacular parks and retains the qualities of its history as an estate. Prior to 1932 this estate was owned by Samuel Stephens who was known locally as ‘the man of flowers’. The garden were designed by Samuel before he handed it over to the people of Toowoomba, making the City Council the official custodian. His only request was that it was not turned into a sporting field but left as a park for everyone to enjoy. There is however a Croquet Green along Herries Street. This park is not only spectacular but unique because of the scented garden that was developed especially for the visually impaired in the community. It has proven popular with all visitors to the park. Within the park there is a diamond shaped hedge around a formal rose garden with a pathway leading to the centre to a sculpture. Nearby an archway is covered with a wisteria that is a mass of colour in the spring.

From the Hill Street entrance the floral garden beds are exquisite especially in the spring, to coincide with the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Festival. This is one place you must visit in the spring at least once in your life time, just to see these spectacular displays of colour.

Located at West Toowoomba and bordered by Herries, West and Hill Streets.

Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland

Picnic Point is known for it’s beautifully landscaped parkland and magnificent views over the city and the Lockyer Valley. There is no better place to appreciate Toowoomba's high location than on the top edge of the Great Dividing Range. The landscaped gardens are beautifully presented with grassy areas, picnic benches and an on site café and restaurant. There is also plenty of parking.

Turn east off Warrego Highway onto James Street, then turn right onto Tourist Road. Continue along Tourist Road, which becomes Tobruk Memorial Drive as it climbs up to the lookout.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

This Gallery is the permanent home to the Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery and Library and features over 400 significant Australian art works. The Library is of outstanding historical and national significance and comprises rare books, manuscripts and letters written by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, navigator La Perouse and literary figure Henry Lawson. The Fred and Lucy Gould art collection also features in the gallery, consisting of antique furniture, fine porcelain and glassware, gold and silverware, bronzes, carved ivory pieces and other items mostly from Europe, Asia and Australia. The City Collection focuses on twentieth century Australian paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, small scale sculpture and jewellery with an emphasis on works by regional artists with regional themes. Contemporary exhibitions change monthly, while historical exhibitions, drawn from the Collections, change three times a year. The Gallery Shop offers a variety of interesting gifts and the work of regional and interstate artists.

Located in Ruthven Street Toowoomba (Next to the City Hall)

Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

The Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat is a quiet place to relax and enjoy nature while having a picnic lunch, then take a stroll along the paved pathway. The habitat covers 7.6 hectares (19 acres), which is quite a small area to establish a diverse wetland but it is the diversity that attracts a variety of waterbirds. There are deep and shallow lakes, areas of reeds, mud-banks, islands and grass areas to provide feeding, roosting and nestling conditions required by different birds. You can gain a lot of pleasure from observing wild birds at close quarters, but you can only do that if you are quiet and well hidden which is where the bird hide on the island in the South Lake can provide you with the opportunity to do just that. Bring your binoculars and take advantage of the observation platforms and floating islands as vantage points for birdwatching.

Located within MacKenzie, Alderley and Aberdeen Streets and Waterbird Drive.

Transport & Main Roads Heritage Centre

As you stroll along the winding road within this unique museum you will come across exhibits offering plenty of information about road planning, construction and design. The museum is all about the Queensland's road network, how it has been developed, from the conditions under which road workers laboured in the early years, to the modern plant and equipment you see on roads today. Open Monday to Friday from 10.00am - 4.00pm by appointment, phone (07) 4633 2506.

Travel west through the Toowoomba City Centre along James and Tor Streets (Warrego Highway). Turn left 1.5 kilometres west of the Gore Highway turnoff onto Taylor Street. Travel another 1.2 kilometres, turn right onto Greenwattle Street, drive to the end then turn left into Mutze Street.The Centre is directly opposite the Toowoomba Airport Terminal and car park.

This page last reviewed on 8 Jul 2016