One of the most beautiful parks in Toowoomba is the university’s Japanese Garden – Australia’s largest traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden. Opened in 1989, it comprises 3km of paths, 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants, and beautifully landscaped lawns. About 2500 azaleas are planted as a representation of hillsides in Japan where azaleas grow wild. The red bridges, the Central Lake, a waterfall and ducks complement this stunning garden.
Picnic Point is the best place to appreciate Toowoomba’s location on the top of the Great Dividing Range. Consisting of beautifully landscaped parkland with playgrounds, barbecue and picnic facilities and views over the Lockyer Valley, Picnic Point is a great spot for families and couples. There is ample parking, picnic benches, a cafe and restaurant, and various walking tracks.
Ride the Range
Ride the Range starts as the sun is rising over the Great Dividing Range. Cyclists start the challenge at Picnic Point Toowoomba, with the option of the full 112km ride, a slightly less challenging 85km, or a gentle 50km. The descent offers stunning views over the countryside as you cycle down along Flagstone Creek Road. View the spectacular patchwork of the Lockyer Valley before the non-relenting challenge of the ascent back to Picnic Point in Toowoomba. The 50km ride finishes at Lake Apex Gatton, where riders are met by a bus which brings you back to Picnic Point.
Cobb & Co Museum
Part of the Queensland Museum, the Cobb & Co Museum is home to the National Carriage Collection which features nearly 50 horse-drawn vehicles and galleries noting the natural and cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. From blacksmithing and silversmithing to leadlighting and millinery, there is much to see at the museum.
Easter Vintage Festival
Highfields Pioneer Village will celebrate its annual Vintage Festival on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Come and experience rural life in the Australian Pioneer days! Milk a cow, learn to crack a whip or be a blacksmith.
Enjoy billy tea and damper. Don’t miss the spectacular Grand Parade.
If you love history, or just looking for a great day out you will have a wonderful time. Dates for 2018: 31 March to 2 April.
Carnival of Flowers
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the major event on the Toowoomba calendar each year, and 2018 will be no different with the event planned for 21 – 30 September 2018.
Now in its 69th year, the Carnival of Flowers is more than a parade and picturesque gardens; it is a cultural party featuring a floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival, Heritage Bank Live Concert Series, Pictures in the Park and many more.
Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has flourished and, is now, recognised as one of Australia’s best events.
The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use their “Garden City” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the recent hardships of war.
On October 21, 1950 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, the Parade was a resounding success. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers subsequently became firmly cemented as an annual event in the region’s community calendar.
As the years passed, Carnival’s appeal widened, attracting tourists from across Queensland, interstate and internationally.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers won the 2013 Queensland Tourism Award for Festivals and Events and went on to win the Gold for the Festivals & Events category at the Australian Tourism Awards held in April 2015. During 2015 Carnival of Flowers was elevated to Major Events status through Tourism & Events Queensland.
Spring Bluff Railway Station
No trip to Toowoomba would be complete without a stop at the heritage-listed Spring Bluff Railway Station located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba. Its significance stems from 150 years of railway history and the attraction of its beautiful landscaped gardens.
The station was decommissioned in August 1992, and the ganger and fettler crew withdrawn in September 1993. The importance of the station was recognised with the formation of the Spring Bluff Railway Station Trust to preserve and maintain the grounds and station.