Beautiful garden city
But it may be too quiet for some people
A pretty city
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Photo 1 City Motor Inn Photos 2-4 Our room. I chose the City Motor Inn as our accommodation...more
The Best Western Applegum Inn in Toowoomba is a cheap place to stay, but that's about it. Not easy...more
The Comfort Inn Glenfield in Toowoomba is one of the better choices for places to stay in Toowoomba...more
' 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This restaurant is one of the best in town. Great chef and a variety of fresh, local produce in delicious recipes.Great ambiance as its connected to the performing arts venue. In fact, they're building it a new wing to expand the restaurant capacity. Love the fish... Especially love the berrys in contreau dessert with ice cream - yummymore
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!
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...more
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...more
111 Reviews and Opinions
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.
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!
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more