Are you flying to Australia for the first time? If so then, Sydney would be the first place you would like to explore. But do something different and explore Toowoomba, which is a city in the Darling Down region in Australia. It is located in the southwest of Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane, so it is a mere two-hour scenic drive from Brisbane. Follow this Australia itinerary which would take you to a beautiful tour in Toowoomba, so read more to explore this gorgeous city.
Immerse yourself in Toowoomba’s natural and cultural history by revisiting Australia transport from different eras on your visit to Cobb & Co Museum.
The theatre is Australia’s largest regional performing arts complex and stages world-class shows from leading national and international performers as well as showcasing a wealth of talent.
Picnic Point has a water tower designed in the shape of a mushroom, a puppy memorial dedicated to a mascot of Toowoomba, Thistle Pipe Band “puppy” who died when he was run over by a car.
Day 1: Arrival in Toowoomba
Day 2: Explore Cobb & Co Museum
Day 3: Empire Theatre
Day 4: Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland
Day 5: Crows Nest National Park
Day 6: Queens Park
Day 7: The Japanese Gardens
Day 8: Departure
The first is reserved for arriving in the beautiful city Toowoomba, which is home to a number of award-winning restaurants, wineries, quaint teahouses, arts, and crafts cottages as well as a full range of modern city convenience such a major department stores. This city is the heart of Queensland’s economic and commercial hub of Darling Downs region.
The second day on Australia itinerary is perfectly reserved for exploring Cobb & Co Museum, a part of Queensland’s museum and is home to the National Carriage Collection, which features nearly 59 horse-drawn vehicles, and galleries portraying the natural and cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. Immerse yourself in Toowoomba’s natural and cultural history by revisiting Australia transport from different eras on your visit to Cobb & Co Museum. It’s not just what you can see but what you can do! In an exhibition and program at the museum, there are elements you can hear or touch. From blacksmithing, silversmithing to lead lighting and milling, there are many opportunities for you to create items you will be proud to show off or given as gifts. You can follow the clues, meet intriguing characters, and play interactive games in the New National Collection Gallery. Besides, feel free to touch museum objects and specimens in the New Heritage Inquiry Bank Centre. You can also enjoy playing in the Coach Shop play area. The kids will love stepping back in time in this area. Get the behind the scenes story and join the daily guided tour while visiting the museum. There are unique handmade gifts for sale in the museum shop and you should pick up something to remember your trip. If you are in Toowoomba, take time to visit this very interesting museum. The museum is located across from Toowoomba’s iconic Queens Park. It provides a fascinating insight into the past and made us appreciate how difficult and uncomfortable travel was for people in the 19th century. Do not forget to stop by Cobb’s Coffee Shop. It serves the best scones, handmade sausage rolls, quickie, and fresh tomato and basil bruschetta.
The third day is meant for discovering Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre which is a heritage listed art deco venue that provides a wide range of performing arts to every taste. The majestic building is impressive from outside as you can see palm trees grace the exterior of the building. The theatre is Australia’s largest regional performing arts complex and stages world-class shows from leading national and international performers as well as showcasing a wealth of talent. The building comprises several venues including the main auditorium, the recently built Armitage Centre, Empire Church Theatre, Empire Theatre Studio, the Supper Room, and the Lounge Room. Whether it is popular music, ballet, comedy or any free performance, the lavish art deco styling of the venue combined with its state of the art technology makes it a magical and memorable experience. It also offers historical tours and attracts many visitors each year. Besides, it is a popular choice for conferences and events, including weddings, offering a unique experience to guests.
The fourth day is saved for Toowoomba’s heritage listed Picnic Lookout and Parkland, which comprise of 64.7 hectares perched on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, with a panoramic view of Table Top Mountain at the Lockyer Valley. The lookout really puts into perspective the true extent of Toowoomba‘s elevation and is the highest point on the parkland area. The area has several lookouts including the Bill Goulds Lookout. Some of the significant features of Picnic Point includes parklands. There is also an artificial waterfall and garden in Lion Park, which is popular for wedding ceremonies. Besides, there is a café as well as a function area. Apart from that, the Picnic Point Bushland reserve area is popular for its bush trails. Several picnic areas are also available at this place. Picnic Point has a water tower designed in the shape of a mushroom, a puppy memorial dedicated to a mascot of Toowoomba, Thistle Pipe Band “puppy” who died when he was run over by a car. The lower section of the park can also be accessed via Tobruk Memorial Drive and is another location for impressive vistas and social picnics.
Crows Nest National Park is perfect to be explored on the fifth day of the Australian tour. It is located on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland. It is divided into a number of sections that are located in both Crow Nests and Grapetree about 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) east of town. This wallaby-dotted park harbors a cascading waterfall and eucalyptus forest punctuated by craggy granite outcrops and sheer 100 meters (328 ft) cliff face. Explore Crow Nest Creek’s waterfall by following the walking trail from 2 km to 4.5 km, cooling down in swimming holes. Travelers can then continue walking to a fantastic lookout point over the Valley of Diamonds. Besides, seasonal wildflowers provide interest for photographers and naturalists, and you can also spot nocturnal animals. There is also a lovely campground for bush camping. Among the facilities provided, you’ll find barbecues, picnic areas, and toilets.
Queens Park is located a short walk from Toowoomba’ Central Business District. It is the city’s premier park set across 25 picturesque hectares, which is much loved by the locals and regional visitors visiting Toowoomba. It also provides a great meeting place or a pleasant stop for everyone. The park consists of three distinct sections: The Queens Park Botanic Garden, The Vera Lacaze Memorial Park, and the greater park area. The northeastern section boats an immaculately tended local garden. It is well tended all year round and particularly impressive during the month of September. The southeast and northwest now provide a large expanse of grass especially designated for sports, with an emphasis on sports for the disabled. There is an off dog leased area in this part of the garden for visitors to use. Meanwhile, the southern part is the playground area for children. There are walking tracks and bicycle tracks, which are particularly busy during the weekends. Besides that, birdwatchers can indulge in bird watching activities in this area. Queens Park is really a beautiful calm space where nature showcases seasonal offerings alongside the city bustling Central Business District. Various events like the Carnival of Flowers, the Gala Dinner, and the Flower, Food and Wine Festival are also held here yearly.
The Japanese Gardens in Toowoomba is Australia’s largest and most traditional Japanese garden. It is located about 4 kilometers south of the Centre at the University of Southern Queensland. The 5-hectare oasis was designed by a Japanese professor, Kinsaku Nakane, from Kyoto. It contains all the elements of rippling lake and carefully aligned boulders, conifer, bamboo stands, cherry blossoms, and photogenic bridges. Besides, the garden has a combination of 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants, as well as lawns all combined in seamless and restful harmony. Japanese gardens emphasize the use of rocks to create 3D pictures.
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