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Toowoomba's Top 10 Tourist Spots

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a freelance copywriter and photojournalist based in Toowoomba. I have had poetry, blogs, devotionals, fiction, reviews and articles published and have been an editor for a poetry magazine.
Published August 9th 2022
Plan your spring visit
Tabletop Mountain Toowoomba Picnic Point asplect view
Tabletop Mountain, view from Picnic Point.


Picnic Point

Picnic Point offers breathtaking views over the Lockyer Valley and Tabletop Mountain, colourful flower beds in spring, several walks among the eucalyptus trees, a man-made waterfall, birdlife, rainforest, lookout points with telescope, restaurant, ice-creamery, picnic tables and playgrounds.
Address: 202 Tourist Rd, Rangeville

Laurel Bank Park

Laurel Bank Park's gardens are strikingly beautiful in the spring and summer and the scented gardens are lovely all year 'round. Stunning gardens such as a rainbow of roses and message-gardens lure tourists, plus rows of palm trees, sculpted hedges, expansive lawn, playground and a beautiful lily-pond water feature.
Address: Hill St, Toowoomba City

Queens Park & Botanic Gardens

Queens Park invites visitors to stroll beneath the mature evergreens, or play in the football field, or take a run with the dog in the off-leash area, or take the children to the extensive playgrounds. As well as that there is abundant bird life, grassed expanses, picnicking and the superb Botanic Gardens. The Carnival of Flowers centres around the Botanic Gardens, which tourists flock to each year to see the colourful varieties of flowers, magnolias, sculpted trees, blossom trees, firs and other features such as the Jurassic Wollemi Pine.
Address: 43 Lindsay St, East Toowoomba

Queens Park Toowoomba evergreens Margaret St
Lush and green Queens Park in Margaret St, Toowoomba.


Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens in spring are delightful with a hillside covered by colourful azaleas, cherry blossoms, the lake and islands, cascades, cane and of course bridges in oriental red. Traditional Japanese landscape design makes the park a relaxing place for a walk or picnic as well as housing a little wildlife such as water foul and turtles.
Address: 20 Regent St, Darling Heights

blossom tree Laurel Bank Park Toowoomba
Blossom tree in Laurel Bank Park.


Peace Haven Botanic Gardens

Fifteen minutes north of Toowoomba, Peace Haven Botanic Gardens are precisely that. Planted with a wide variety of Australian native trees, the park is a wonderful place for picnicking, playing, walking and inhaling the aromas of eucalyptus trees. Other varieties of trees include lacebark, woodland plants, bungalow palms, flowering deciduous trees and native cultivar species. Plentiful birdlife and a plant nursery. Other features include a rotunda with a view of the mountains, the Peace Compass, a water feature and The Stump in Time. At its best in Spring with native flowers.
Address: 56 Kuhls Road, Highfields

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery blossoms with a floral display each Carnival of Flowers. The arrangements are donated by the Sogetsu School and are Japanese in style. There are always interesting artworks being exhibited in the Art Gallery and the gallery shop contains beautiful cards, jewellery and other items. From 10 September to 30 October 2022, the exhibit will be Asia Pacific Contemporary: Three Decades of APT (Asia Pacific Intempora). Open Wednesday to Sunday 10:30am to 3:30pm. During Carnival of Flowers the gallery will also be open on Monday 12 September and Tuesday 13 September. Free admission.
Address: 531 Ruthven St, Toowoomba City

Ikebana floral arrangement Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery Japanese art
Floral arrangement, Ikebana display, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.


Lake Annand Park

A beautiful place for family fun, Lake Annand Park features a Japanese bridge, man-made lake, fountain, waterbirds, boardwalk, climbing wall, bike paths, gardens, playground with pirate ship, picnicking, gas barbecues, lush grass expanse and the New Zealand Garden with Rotarua component.
Address: Bright St, South Toowoomba

Cobb & Co Museum

The Cobb & Co Museum is home to the National Carriage Collection with a wide range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era. Additional exhibits are Spy: Espionage in Australia, open until 30 October; the fun and interactive Science Centre; megafauna; Hooray for Hornby model trains; and the Binangar Centre. Workshops are available in blacksmithing, silversmithing, leadlighting and leatherwork. There is also a play area, cafe and shop.
Hours: 7 days, 9:30am - 4pm, entrance fees apply, $12.50 adults.
Address: 27 Lindsay Street, East Toowoomba

Mt Kynoch Lookout

The Mt Kynoch Park and Lookout has two lookouts, one on either side of the New England Highway on the north side of Toowoomba. It's the highest vantage point of Toowoomba, with aspects of the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba. Features gazebos, playground, picnicking, grass expanse, map of landmarks and wood burner barbeque.
Address: Lot 196 Shuttlewood Court, Mt Kynoch

Toowoomba aspect view Mt Kynock Park lookout
One of the aspects from the Mt Kynoch lookout.


Nightlife

Empire Theatre, Neil St, CBD

Sofra Turkish, 164 Margaret St, CBD

The Spotted Cow, 296 Ruthven St, Toowoomba City

George Banks Rooftop Bar & Bistro, Cnr Dent & Margaret Sts, CBD

Cube Hotel, Margaret St, CBD

Cube Hotel bar Toowoomba CBD restaurant Margaret Street
The Cube Hotel, Margaret St, CBD.


So Much More

Toowoomba has many other attractions to offer including the Queensland State Rose Garden, Spring Bluff Railway gardens, cafes and restaurants, the waterbird habitat, walks, markets, additional parks, St Patricks Cathedral, St Lukes Anglican Church, fitness trails and the Pioneer Village at Highfields.
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Phone: 131 872
Where: Toowoomba, Queensland
Your Comment
Love Toowoomba especially in Spring. A great regional town.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5389) 51 days ago
Toowoomba has grown over the years. Now a lovely country town,well worth a visit.
by Echog (score: 1|26) 48 days ago
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