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Brief History.

Approximately 130 klms West of Brisbane,Toowoomba sits on the rim of The Great Dividing Range. It was in 1849 that the first resident was spotted camping out amongst the reeds in 'The Swamp' as Toowoomba, was known.Soon after this discovery, plans were drawn to sell lots to be developed for farming, and susequently the land was drained and thus began the community of Toowoomba. Wagonmasters and drovers became the heralds of this new settlement, and on 24 November 1860 the Municipality of Toowoomba was announced.The first school was built in 1865, followed in 1867 by the opening of the new Rail Link through to Ipswich.On the 20th October 1904 Toowoomba was proclaimed a City.
Today, Toowoomba is a thriving City, and the area of The Darling Downs, rich with volcanic soil, is the producer of 90% of the States wheat crop and a major supplier of oil seeds and maize. Sheep, cattle and dairy products are huge industries in addition to the crop yields.Each year on the last full week in September,the Festival of Flowers is held in the City. The parks and gardens are absolutely magnificent and at their best at this time of the year. Visitors flock to Toowoomba to see the spectacle and even the local residents open their gardens to the public at this time of the year. Another Festival that draws large crowds is the Gospel Music Festival, held every Easter.The visitor can spend hours looking around the Antique Shops, there are 13 of them, constituting the largest Regional Antique Centre in Australia. Before you leave, take a drive up to Picnic Point, where you will find beautifully maintained parklands, a cafe and restaurant on site and the views over the City and the Lockyer Valley are unforgettable.

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Toowoomba is the second largest inland City in Australia. Famous for its Carnival of Flowers held every September and home of The Australian Gospel Music Festival held at Easter. The City has a Military Museum and a Pioneer Village.


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Toowoomba is a recent winner of The Tidy Town Competition. This Queensland State competition focuses on fostering sustainable communities and takes into account a community's geographic, environmental, cultural and economic circumstances. Toowoomba has taken part in this highly prestigous competition, run by Keep Australia Beautiful, for 33 consecutive years and has been awarded in many different categories over the years.

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Toowoomba's win was the result of an outstanding council and community partnership. The people of Toowoomba are friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated to caring for their unique environment. This includes a small-town feel with all the facilities of a major city, beautiful gardens that are designed and maintained with water minimisation in mind, clear signage and a respect for restoring and maintaining the many historic buildings that contribute so much character to the city.


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Lying around 130 km inland of Brisbane on the Great Dividing Range means the city has four distinct seasons which is reflected in the ever-changing colours in the many parks and gardens, and Toowoomba is also Australia's largest inland city after Canberra. The climate is mild and pleasant with much less of the oppressive humidity that Brisbane and Sydney can suffer in the summer months, and tends to enjoy dry winters, with more rain in summer. The city has easy access to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, yet has a more relaxed pace that allows one to truly enjoy the attractions of urban life, but with a charm that only a regional city can offer.

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If you are looking for a city with all the attractions of coastal capital cities, but with a vibe all of it's own, then Toowoomba on The Great Dividing Range is waiting for you.

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This university and cathedral city is famous for its annual Carnival of Flowers each September and the Australian Gospel Music Festival which is held each Easter.

There really is something for everyone with a relaxed lifestyle, superb dining, all the shopping you could wish for and easy access to the local boutique wineries and attractions of the Great Dividing Range. Make the most of changing seasons and visit in autumn to see the changing colours or in spring to take in the bounty of new blooms, fragrances and sights. There are many walks through the parks and an array of bush-walking trails throughout the region. For the adventurous there are many tracks through the escarpment parks and mountain ranges; those who like to take their leisure activities with coffee will enjoy the varied choice of cafes from which they can plan their assault on the shopping precinct.

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