Toowoomba has some historic and interesting places of interest. The city is the gateway to western Queensland but also a major regional centre in its own right. In recent years, Toowoomba has grown faster than any other provincial centre in Queensland.
The Empire Theatre
Heritage listed, Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre boasts the latest purpose-built facilities as well as retaining the grandeur and superb acoustics of the original theatre built in 1911. It is the largest performing arts theatre in regional Australia. The architecture retains original existing elements from 1911 and complements them with modern seating for 1567 people. With a varied program from rock to classical, ballet to comedy, the Empire Theatre has something for everyone.
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.
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.
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.