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Just 90 minutes west of Brisbane is the charming mountain town of Toowoomba, cosily nestled in Darling Downs. A popular weekend getaway for Brisbanites, it offers historic beauty and culture as well as quirky culinary options such as boutique wineries and independent coffee shops. It's certainly a hidden gem in Queensland. It’s known as Queensland’s Garden City thanks to its 150-plus parks and gardens.
Toowoomba is a scenic place to add to your Australia road trip, and hiring a car in Toowoomba is an easy option with Enjoy Travel. From here, you can explore colourful sunflower farms and charming hamlets just outside the town.
Guide to Toowoomba
Perched 600m above sea level the weather in Toowoomba is extremely pleasant year-round with balmy summers that never get hotter than 35 °C (95 °F) and mild winters with an average temperature of 20 °C (68 °F).
If you happen to visit in September, make sure to catch the Carnival of Flowers, a 10-day event that sees nearly 150,000 visitors who get to experience the best of spring that Queensland has to offer, including delicious local food and wine, musical acts, parades, show rides, and of course, hundreds of thousands of flowers.
Things to do in Toowoomba
Public parks & museums
Toowoomba has hundreds of award-winning parks and gardens, such as Laurel Bank Park and Picnic Point, where you can - you guessed it - enjoy a leisurely picnic with friends and family as you enjoy fantastic views over the Great Dividing Range and Lockyer Valley. For a peek into Toowoomba's past, visit the Cobb+Co Museum to learn about arts such as silversmithing, millinery, and whip plaiting.
Food & culture
Grab an espresso and a scone from the in-house Cobb's Coffee Shop to tide you over that midday slump and keep you energetic as you browse through Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, which features fine art from various historical periods and regions, an impressive collection of valuable antiquities, and 20th-century artworks from Australian artists. And finally, even though Toowoomba is a small town, you can catch world-class theatre performances at the Art Deco Empire Theatre.
Eating out in Toowoomba
Toowoomba's food scene has been thriving in recent years with several vegan eateries, farmers' markets, and espresso coffee bars springing up. This has gone hand in hand with a growing subculture of hipsters and artsy-types. Start your day with a cosy cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast of smashed avo on sourdough toast or huevos rancheros at the hipster haunt, Ground Up Coffee Bar, before you head over to Emeraude's, one of the town's trendiest restaurants, for lunch made with the freshest ingredients. After a long day of sightseeing, share an inspired tapas-style meal, but with a modern Aussie twist, at The Office. End the night at the sensuously backlit speakeasy, The Chelsea, for one of their famed cocktails. We recommend the Maple Bacon Manhattan.
Transport in Toowoomba
Even though Toowoomba is so close to Brisbane, Queensland's capital, it doesn't have a developed public transit system yet. However, private coaches such as Greyhound exist. You can catch them either at Brisbane airport or Roma Street Transit Centre. Alternatively, you can take the Traveltrain which runs twice a week between Brisbane and Toowoomba, and it takes 3.5 hours. The three major taxi companies in Toowoomba: Garden City Cabs, Yellow Cabs, and Silver Cabs.
Driving in Toowoomba
Most people who commute regularly to the big city typically drive. Car rentals are also a popular option among travels looking to explore the surroundings of Queensland and beyond.