Top 10 Best Things to Do in Toowoomba, Australia

What are the top tourist spots in Toowoomba?

Highfields Pioneer Village

Toowoomba Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

The charming city of Toowoomba has attracted many tourists across the world wishing to experience the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Named the “Garden City of Queensland,” the town of Toowoomba offers beautiful and blooming parks. In addition, there are many best things to do in Toowoomba (Australia), from history exploring to the racing experience.

To tick off the Garden City on your bucket list, here are the 10 best things to do in Toowoomba (Australia).

Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland

Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland by John via Flickr Creative Commons
Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland by John via Flickr Creative Commons

The best place to start within Toowomba and an excellent breakfast spot or picnic with your family is at the Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland. It is a 160-acre park located at the peak of the Great Dividing Range, offering an overlooking view of Lockyer Valley and the Main Range.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers by Tatters via Flickr Creative Commons
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers by Tatters via Flickr Creative Commons

If you are visiting Toowoomba in September, don’t miss the chance to experience the longest-running flower festival in Australia, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The town is referred to as the Garden city of Queensland, celebrating its annual event since the 1950s.

Cobb+Co Museum

Cobb+Co Museum photo via FB Page
Cobb+Co Museum photo via FB Page

Established in 1987, the Cobb+Co Museum is dedicated to showcasing Australia’s National Carriage Collection dates back as early as the 1960s. Today, the museum features 47 antique horse-drawn vehicles, 30 of which date back from the 19th century. The exhibited carriages were collected and restored for over 30 years.

Ju Raku En Japanese Garden

Ju Raku En Japanese Garden by Michael Jefferies via Flickr Creative Commons
Ju Raku En Japanese Garden by Michael Jefferies via Flickr Creative Commons

Besides Toowomba’s flower festival, the town also prides one of Australia’s most tranquil, beautiful, and largest Japanese stroll gardens, the Ju Raku En Japanese Garden. Located at the USQ campus, the garden features a mountain stream, waterfall, azalea hill, Dry Garden, central lake, 3 km pathway, lawns, and over 230 native trees and plants from Japan and Australia.

Highfields Pioneer Village

Highfields Pioneer Village
Highfields Pioneer Village photo via FB Page

To delve deeper into Australia’s history, head to the Highfields Pioneer Village. It is an outdoor museum featuring over 60 historic buildings salvaged from being demolished, relocated, and restored in the site. Some of the features of the site include a 1909 Heritage Chapel, Transport Museum, Toowomba Fire Brigade Museum, Ambulance Museum, and Village Silversmith.

Empire Theatre

Empire Theatre Toowoomba photo via FB Page
Empire Theatre Toowoomba photo via FB Page

A fantastic venue featuring a great bar and drinking lounge, the Empire Theatre is a heritage-listed art deco theatre built back in 1911. The theatre’s most distinctive feature is the proscenium arch and has become a significant piece of architecture marking the history and cultural heritage of Queensland.

Queens Park Botanic Gardens

Memorial Cannon - Queens Park Botanic Gardens by Sheba Also via Flickr Creative Commons
Memorial Cannon – Queens Park Botanic Gardens By Sheba_Also 43,000 photos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/15315732761/, CC BY-SA 2.0, Creative Commons

One of the must-visit to explore the beauty of Toowoomba is the Queens Park Botanic Gardens. The garden is a 25-hectare 19th-century heritage-listed garden located in the East Toowoomba, featuring landscaped gardens, playgrounds, and several community events, including Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

An excellent place to wander and enjoy some artworks, the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery was established in 1938 and is the oldest public art gallery in Queensland. The gallery features the Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery, library, art collections of notable Australian artists, and other antique furniture, porcelain, and ancient wares from 1700 to 1930.

Laurel Bank Park

Laurel Bank Park by Queensland Heritage Register via Wikipedia CC
Laurel Bank Park By Heritage branch staff – Laurel Bank Park published in the Queensland Heritage Register under CC-BY-4.0 license, CC BY 4.0, CC

Apart from Queens Park, Toowoomba has another beautiful heritage-listed park, the Laurel Bank Park. Constructed from 1904 to 1943, the well-maintained and world-class park features gardens filled with flower beds, lounging areas, and a kid’s playground, perfect for weekend relaxation.

Toowoomba Speedway

Toowoomba Speedway photo via Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway FB Page
Toowoomba Speedway photo via Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway FB Page

Last but certainly not the least on this list, the Toowomba Speedway is the perfect way to cap off your visit, especially for the thrill-seekers. The off-road race track features sprint car racing and a grandstand where racing enthusiasts can enjoy the show.

References

  • Ten of the best things to do in Toowoomba, QLD, The Big Bus
  • Reckless, (2020), 15 totally unique things to do in Toowoomba, Queensland

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