The perfect Toowoomba getaway

Grab your keys and prepare for an adventure-filled road trip to Toowoomba.

Visit Toowoomba for something a little different on your next weekend road trip.

Located in the Darling Downs region of southern Queensland, Toowoomba is about 90 minutes’ drive from Brisbane.

Nicknamed the Garden City, Toowoomba has more than 150 public parks and gardens and hosts the annual Carnival of Flowers.

Here are a few tips on what to see and do in Toowoomba.

Cobb+Co Museum

The Cobb+Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and known for its extensive displays of the natural and cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs and its National Carriage Collection.

The collection includes a vast range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era, farm wagons, delivery carts and more. The museum also offers several hands-on workshops including blacksmithing, silversmithing, lead lighting and leatherwork. For more information on the exhibits and workshop.

Cob+Co

Empire Theatre

The cultural heart of Toowoomba beats through the Empire Theatre, which has sections dating back to 1911. The facade is the original from 1933.

The venue stages a variety of performances including ballet, opera, comedy, musicals, theatre, touring artists and more. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the official website.

The Lost Trades Fair

Time your road trip to coincide with the Lost Trades Fair on 4-5 May.

The event celebrates traditional trades and the artisans who continue to practice their skills. This year, visitors can see Australia’s last umbrella maker, a penny-farthing maker who races his bikes across the world, a sixth-generation cooper and an award-winning leather plaiter.

RACQ Living is giving members the chance to win one of 10 double passes to the Lost Trades Fair valued at $36 each. For more information and to enter click here.

Pennyfathering

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

If slowing down and smelling the roses is more your speed, try the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers held on 20-29 September.

The 10-day carnival takes over Toowoomba with more than 60 unique events and experiences including award-winning parks and gardens, acclaimed musical acts, food and wine.

In 2019, the event will celebrate its 70th birthday and be a celebration to remember. For more information.

Toowoomba carnival of flowers