Toowoomba Travel Guide

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     Beautiful garden city 

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     But it may be too quiet for some people 

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     A pretty city 

Toowoomba Things to Do

  • Visit Picnic Point

    When you visit Toowoomba on the Darling Downs of Queensland you will find breath taking views at Picnic Point. There is also a nice eating place and a lovely park to enjoy.I used to live near here many years ago and always enjoyed a visit....in fact I could walk here. How good was that.Sometimes in winter it could be a bit tricky driving at night...

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  • Salt Caves

    I found out that Toowoomba boasts its very own Himalayan Salt cave so I went and checked it out.It was an extremely relaxing and tranquil experience. I was told that the Salt therapy is a drug free treatment that has helped many people with respiratory problems and skin conditions. I just went there to see what it was like and do recommend it to...

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  • INSIDE ST. LUKE'S CHURCH

    On walking inside St. Lukes and looking towards the Nave, I thought the many arches built in french gothic style, were beautiful. Altogether, there are 9 bays, with 9 arches.The High Altar took my attention. It is beautifully carved, done by serveral women, if like me, I always think of men doing something like this.The Agnus Dei is in the centre,...

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  • JU RAKU EN JAPANESE GARDENS

    About the best Japanese gardens I have ever seen are the ones at Toowoomba. They were opened 1989, and include 3kms of stroll paths in a Japanese landscape of many trimmed Azalea bushes. We have been here a few times, and every time enjoy strolling around. On one ocassion, a Wedding Party was here having their photo's taken, what a lovely setting...

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  • TOOWOOMBA ART GALLERY PARK

    When walking Ruthven Street, I came across the Art Gallery and Art Gallery park.The park is only small, has some seating, and a lot of Aboriginal sculptures.How it came about................Some Landscape Architect's teamed up with an artist and ironworker who had obtained a group of unemployed aboriginal men as part of a small budget work training...

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  • TOURS OF TOOWOOMBA

    As far as I know, there is no walking tour guide for the CBD of Toowoomba.I think it a pity, as Toowoomba has many handsome old buildings located along its wide streets.I just walked around the city centre, viewing the different styles of architecture.Some interesting buildings were the Old Post office at 136 Margaret Street which was designed in...

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  • PICNIC POINT

    Perched on the edge of the Great Dividing range is the Picnic Point Lookout and Restaurant / Cafe.There is plenty of parking, don't worry if the main area is full like it was for us, as there is another parking area not far away with hardly had a car in it.This area is always well maintained, has a large lawn area and plenty of shade from the Bunya...

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  • ST. LUKES FLOWER EXHIBITION

    St. Luke's Church enters in the Carnival of Flower's each year.For a gold coin donation, we were able to go inside the Church, and view the beautiful floral arrangements. They were stunning!Outside, and there were potted plants for sale, and a food stall where a bbq was operating. Only $2 for a Sausage, onion & roll, can't beat that for price, and...

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  • ST. LUKE'S CHURCH HALL

    Located next to the Church, is the Church Hall which is registered with the National Trust of Queensland.I have always admired the distinctive design of this 100 year old Hall. The roof-top ventilators topped with crosses are patented and which are said to be reminiscent of Byzantine onion cupolas. We were able to go inside, as they were holding a...

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Toowoomba Restaurants

  • awful Chinese restaurant

    My homeatay family bought me to go to the Westlake Chinese restaurant, my homestay family said that they are one of the famous Chinese restaurant in Toowoomba. The decoration in there was so old n there were so quiet over there, it's like a ghost house that make me felt uncomfortable. We walked in n calling someone, then an old lady came out from...

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  • Wine Lovers' Delight

    ' Veraison: "The Ripening of the Grape" ' the sign says. This plus the display of wine in the front of the restaurant will heighten your expectation of finding a vinous drop or two within.Entrees: 6 choices ranging from Charcuterie Plate : terrine, cured & smoked meats, condiments, crusty bread - $24 for 2 persons. … to Barnyard Quail: partly...

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  • Dining Delight

    Located in one of Toowoomba’s Historic Homes, Clifford House, Gips Restaurant is a top class dining establishment offering modern Australian cuisine using the best fresh local ingredients. “Modern Australian Cuisine” involves taking those products and treating them with the best elements of International Cuisine to produce taste and texture...

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  • Hot Hot Curry!

    My friend had butter chicken and I had lamb korma (the two mildest curries on the menu) but both curries were waaaaay hotter than we anticipated. It looked quite delicious and the serve was a good size. I really liked how they had decorated their restaurant. Service was a little relaxed. It took a while to get noticed for water, menus, and taking...

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  • Organic and Fairtrade cafe

    On a Sunday this was one of the few places that was open for trade. We had some great fairtrade coffees and slices of sourdough with strawberry and lime jam. Not too $$$ for this kind of wholesome stuff. I just loved the decor also, and the art on the walls that was for sale. Just such a touch of modern in such an antique town. Well, I really only...

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  • Popular with the locals

    Photo 1 Westlake Chinese RestaurantPhoto 2 Tank full of friends? That’s fishy! Photo 3 Scallops and GingerPhoto 4 Mongolian Beef stir fry.We both needed a good Chinese meal, so on the recommendation of the motel owner, we went to the Westlake. It is under one km away in Anzac Avenue, opposite the Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre. The setting was...

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Toowoomba Nightlife

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    by mavis77 Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    I just had to update this section as it has changed so much!! Now a couple good places in Toowoomba have either closed or gone bad.. but luckily the previously not so good ones have picked up the slack. So, Fibber Mcgees is the big place to start, its always packed now, live music downstairs and more of a niteclub upstairs. They are also soon opening an Island Bar in the beer garden, set a little bit underground apparently. Should be very interesting and different to the front of the bar which is Irish themed.
    After everyone fills up Fibbers, the crowd usually heads off down the street about 1am to Tombas. It only opened last year and at the moment is the only place open after 3am. It has a hot room and a cold room, ample dance space, a couple of bars and usually is packed and pumping by midnight. There is a cover charge though (it varies depending on what time you get there).
    If your after something a little more laid back, there is Karaoke at the Shamrock and plenty of pool tables. The Tatts has just had a reno upstairs so is starting to pick up again, with live bands downstairs. There is also a new club opening soon where the old Cordy was before they gutted it (sob, sob).

    Dress Code: Toowoomba in the last couple of years thinks its clubs are classy and and get funny about guys shoes, so no pluggers. The girls are dressing up more than they used to as well. If your underage, be careful, as all the clubs are within pretty much walking distance, they share security guards, so if you get kicked out one night and think you will just try another club the next, it wont work, take it from someone who has tried!

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Toowoomba Shopping

  • Pretty modern conveniences

    This is a general tip about shopping.Toowoomba basically has everything, and not just one of everything. Internet access, music, camera equipment, chemists, a department store, clothing, $2 shop, fast food, slow food, shoes, socks, camping gear. You don't need to bring anything with you! The shops will have it.However, I don't think they do Sunday...

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  • Everything under one roof

    This is the largest shopping mall in Toowoomba and the main attraction for everybody in the Darling Downs. The food court reminds me of the one in Jurong Point Singapore, because they also serve Chinese Economy rice. However, it certainly cannot be compared to the big food courts available in KL shopping malls like KLCC and Midvalley. Walk into...

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Toowoomba Local Customs

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    by tiabunna Written Dec 10, 2008

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    After we reached Toowoomba and settled into our overnight accommodation, we decided to have a short look around the central city before our evening meal. When we arrived in the late afternoon, most people were finishing work and the traffic was reasonably busy. By six PM when we went sightseeing, the main city area had been comprehensively evacuated, there were few vehicles, and almost nothing was open.

    To be fair, in Australia this effect is not unique to Toowoomba, but it seemed more pronounced than usual. One of the brochures in our room carried the claim that Toowoomba hosts Australia’s largest gospel singing event – maybe the town comes alive a little more then! Actually, quite a few events were listed, but our visit coincided with none of them.

    With very few people or vehicles, it became easy to take photos of some of the interesting buildings dating from the early 1900s. Toowoomba certainly has far more parks than most Australian cities, I’ve included photos of two with this tip – one fairly formal, the other less so.

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Toowoomba Tourist Traps

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    by sklc Written Apr 30, 2007

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    If you're looking for an Aussie souvenir, don't buy the koalas, boomerangs or T-shirts here. They cost much cheaper at Tourist House, Queen Street Mall in Brisbane!

    Unique Suggestions: If you are in a hurry and need to pick up souvenirs anyway, the boomerangs are the best bet as they are locally made. The koalas and T-shirts are mostly Made in China!

    Fun Alternatives: If you go to Queen Street Mall, there are two obvious shops selling souvenirs. IF you are smart enough, you'll buy items which do not come with the Made in China tag!

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Toowoomba What to Pack

  • Bring something warm

    You're on the ranges, and you're inland. It can get chilly. Plenty here and a big range. Toowoomba enjoys modern conveniences. Oh, so many photo opportunites. A truly pretty location. No beach, but there is a pool. And with all places in Qld, its a good idea to have sunscreen and a hat. Something to do on Sunday.

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  • Cold in winter...

    If you are coming here in the winter, make sure you bring lots of warm clothing and footwear. Toowoomba can get pretty cold during the cooler months.

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Toowoomba Off The Beaten Path

  • GOING CUCKOO!

    Cuckoo, Cuckoo!! This is what all the clocks say at the Black Forest Hill Cuckoo Clock Centre.If you haven't been to Germany, or seen a good display of Cuckoo Clock's, then come here, it was wonderful!This Centre was begun 23 years ago by a German gentleman who wanted to share the clock making traditions from the Black Forest Region of South West...

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  • JONDARYAN WOOL SHED

    Jondaryan is a working woolshed, and a rural heritage museum. Outdoors, there is allsorts of machinery and different items covering rural history.Admission includes browsing around the old buildings and collections, seeing sheep, horses, poultry and other animals, and if there at the right time, seeing old skills being used, and Machine's of...

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  • FLYPAST MUSEUM AT OAKEY

    If you are on the Warrego Highway heading to the Jondaryan woolshed or onto Dalby, then you will pass through the small town of Oakey. Located here is the Flypast Museum, a museum of Army aircraft flown since World War 2. There are Black Hawks, Kittyhawk, Lancaster, Mustang, Spitfire, to name a few, there are more. An excellent collection of...

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Toowoomba Favorites

  • Petrol

    If you need fuel when near Toowoomba, the cheapest is in Withcott at the bottom of the Range before heading up to Toowoomba, 5ks away. Fuel in Toowoomba is more expensive than in Brisbane, so fill up before you go.

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  • Highfields view

    This is a view from where we stayed... Highfields is a 'suburb' of Toowoomba not too far away from the centre of town...

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  • A view of Toowoomba

    This is a view of the area around Toowoomba from one of the many hills around the city. It was taken after the bush fires had gone through, hence the burnt trees...

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