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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.

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.

City Hall photo.

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.


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 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,

Spectacular garden display.
Picnic Point photo.

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. 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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