Here is a glimpse of what Toowoomba offers:
Toowoomba has great bike culture and caters for recreational/families, Intermediate and Advanced rides both on road and mountain biking. Toowoomba has a crit track as well as maintained mountain biking trails. All within 15 minutes of the city!
Jubilee Park offers more than 26 km of single track mountain bike trails ranging from green circle (easy) to black diamond (difficult). It also has 12.5 km of multi-use track shared between walkers, bike riders and horse riders. It is located on the Toowoomba escarpment and you can ride to the start.
Nearby is the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. 169km of fantastic trail bike or horse riding that can be done in sections or as a through ride. Very popular with families over three days.
Hiddenvale Adventure Park offers riding or walking for all ages and capabilites. Over 110km of trails to explore.
Food and Wine
There is a vibrant food and wine culture in Toowoomba. The cafe scene is well established and restaurants are showcasing the local Darling Downs produce. Wine bars have popped up in the CDB too.
The food and wine festival is held each year during the premier Toowoomba event of the Carnival of Flowers. Local wineries, restaurants and farmer’s markets showcase their products and Toowoomba really comes alive with live concerts, parades and carnival rides.
Other food festivals are held in nearby towns including Hampton.
Cobb and Co Museum a museum as well as providing forgotten trade workshops like blacksmithing, furniture making, stained glass leadlighting and other science exhibitions and workshops.
The Jondaryan Woolshed is one of the oldest and largest operating woolsheds in Australia. This historical village is a step back in time. Try your hand at sheep shearing, rope making, whip cracking or simply sample a fire made damper and tea.
The Bullocks Head Inn was built by an ex-convict in the nineteenth-century inn! Take a step back in time and if you are game attend one of their paranormal evenings.
Walking and running including bushwalking, trail running and camping
Toowoomba is known as the Garden City for a reason. There are parks and gardens everywhere. In addition to the parks located within Toowoomba there are so many National Parks near Toowoomba including Crows Nest NP, Ravensbourne NP, Main Range NP, Bunya Mountains and many more. There are trails for running at Picnic Point and also Jubilee Park.
Fishing and Boating
Fishing and boating in the nearby lakes and dams is possible on several lakes and dams nearby including Cressbrook, Perseverance and Cooby. A little further afield is Lake Wivenhoe and Somerset. Of course the ocean is not too far away either.
Art, Galleries, Antiques, Libraries and Theatres
We have two movie cinema complexes for your movie and popcorn fix. The Event Cinema complex located within the Grand Central Shopping complex has 5 theatres and The Strand Cinema complex also has 5 cinemas including two with 3D.
The Empire Theatre is the heart and soul of Toowoomba. Rebuilt after a fire in 1933 in the Art Deco Style this stunning building is one of the largest performing arts precincts in regional Australia and boasts several performance and function spaces. Bands, musicals, comedians, dancers are all catered for here. Many performers visit Toowoomba to perform at the Empire Theatre. Stage productions put on by local community groups are regularly held including youth performances such as Narnia as well as adult performances such as My Fair Lady or Kinky Boots.
Toowoomba region has four public galleries and many private art galleries and artists studios. There is even a trail guide to the antiques in the area.
There are 13 libraries in the region with a newly renovated Library in the heart of the city.
We are a sporting city and have a healthy number of fixtures either competitive or social. Several clubs offer Soccer, Rugby, Netball, Cricket,Touch Football, equestrian, tennis, martial arts etc. There are several indoor sporting centres and pools as well as outdoor complexes.
Grand Central Shopping Centre in the heart of the CBD has over 200 shops. It is one of the largest in shopping centres in Australia. Additionally there are several other smaller shopping centres located around Toowoomba. The city centre also has street shopping on several streets.
Toowoomba is spoilt for choice of schools. So many top schools without the hefty price tag. Both private and public schools that have outstanding reputations. 5 of Toowoomba’s schools were listed in the top 100 performing schools in the state in 2021. 3 were in the top 10 based on performance scores.
The University of Southern Queensland has a world wide reputation. It offers many study options across health, sciences, engineering, psychology, education, aviation and much more.
The Qantas Pilot Academy is now based in Toowoomba and set to create further development and jobs in the Toowoomba area.