Toowoomba

Location

Toowoomba, commonly known as 'The Garden City', is located 127 km west of Brisbane with an estimated population of 128,600. Toowoomba is Australia's second largest inland city, and its largest non-capital inland city.

History

Toowoomba's colonial history traces back to 1816 when English botanist and explorer, Allan Cunningham, arrived in Australia from Brazil and discovered 4 million acres of rich farming land which became known as the Darling Downs.

Toowoomba hosts the Carnival of Flowers each September and Easterfest is held annually over the Easter weekend. There are more than 150 public parks and gardens in Toowoomba and the town has developed into a regional centre for business and government services.

The largest industry employers in Toowoomba are retail trade, health and community services, manufacturing and education. The Australian Defence Force is also present in the local community with the city providing housing and amenities for many of the personnel based at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre. Economic growth potential in the region has been identified through the development of energy resources found in the Surat Basin and in food processing.

Toowoomba is a major education centre with a large variety of primary and secondary schools, private and religious schools and tertiary establishments including the University of Southern Queensland, TAFE, University of Queensland and several private post-secondary colleges and training providers.

Toowoomba's history has been preserved in its buildings. Examples of architecture drawing from the city's wealthy beginnings include Toowoomba City Hall which was Qld's first purpose-built town hall, the National Trust Bull's Head Inn and many examples in the heritage listed Russell Street.

Accommodation

Toowoomba has a wide range of accommodation from 3, 4 and 5 star motels, hotels, luxury units, self contained cabins, bed and breakfast accommodation, cottage and modern caravan park facilities. Contact the Toowoomba Information Centre for assistance with bookings and information on local accommodation.

Toowoomba Information Centre

86 James St07 / 4639 3797

Toowoomba Police Station

161 Hume St07 / 4631 6333

Toowoomba Base Hospital

Pechey St07 / 4616 6000

St Vincent's Hospital

Scott St07 / 4690 4000

St Andrew's Hospital

280 North St07 / 4631 4666

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