Situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range at some 700 metres above sea level, Toowoomba enjoys panoramic views, rich volcanic soil and four wonderfully distinct seasons. This city which also boasts endless activities and friendly service is a perfect holiday destination in its own right.
Enjoy any number of over 150 public parks throughout Toowoomba. Many of these parklands are being cultured to represent a variety of international themes.
Throughout the city, one can already visit a well established Japanese Garden, New Zealand themed park and lake area, and a wetlands of the world area. During our famous Springtime celebration known as the "Carnival of Flowers", the city of Toowoomba comes alive with vibrant colour and festive spirit. During this time many magnificent private gardens are also open for viewing by the public.
For just a romantic weekend getaway, try a stay in a fully restored, historic home. Complete with authentic antique furniture and cosy bedroom fireplaces, the scene is set like something you would envisage in a romance novel.
The corporate client is also well catered for with a range of conference venues and executive style accommodation on offer. Caravaners and campers are also supplied with a choice of accommodation sites located at various convenient aspects throughout the city.
For the connoisseur of fine food, Toowoomba is becoming renowned as the home of many award winning restaurants. Many of these restaurants are established in grand colonial houses, creating a nostalgic atmosphere for your dining pleasure.
Shopping facilities range from modern department stores to quaint little art and craft cottages. For the collector of antiques, Toowoomba city abounds in exquisite antique outlets.
The perfect destination would not be complete without adventure activities. Choose from early morning hot air balloon flights, to Harley Davidson motorcycle rides, to abseiling, to sky diving, to horse riding, to golf, tennis, swimming and fishing. Of course these are only a few of the selection of activities offered in and around Toowoomba.
Toowoomba is diverse as well as plentiful in its attractions and appeal. It is a destination to be experienced rather than simply visited. Let us wine, dine and thoroughly entertain you in true country-style fashion.
Toowoomba's history can be traced back to 1816 when English botanist and explorer Allan Cunningham arrived in Australia from Brazil where he had been searching for native trees and plant life that would be suitable for the Australian climate.
In June 1827, he was rewarded for his many explorations when he discovered four million acres of rich farming and grazing land bordered on the east by the Great Dividing Range and situated 100 miles west of the settlement of Moreton Bay (later to become Brisbane) Cunningham named his find Darling Downs after Sir Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales.
It was not until 13 years later when George and Patrick Leslie established Toolburra Station 56 miles south-west of Toowoomba that the first settlers arrived on the Downs.
Other settlers quickly followed and a few tradesmen and businessmen settled and established a township of bark-slab shops called The Springs which was soon renamed Drayton.
Towards the end of the 1840s Drayton had grown to the point where it had its own newspaper, general store, trading post and the Royal Bull's Head Inn which was built by William Horton and still stands today. Horton is regarded as the real founder of Toowoomba, although he was not the first man to live there.
Early in 1849 Horton sent two of his men, William Gurney and William Shuttlewood, to cut away reeds in a marshy swampland area a few miles away that nobody from Drayton ever visited. When Gurney and Shuttlewood arrived they were surprised to find a pitched tent among the reeds. The tent's owner was bush worker Josiah Dent who was the first man to live in "The Swamp".
This extraordinary news was the main talking point in Drayton for weeks and people became interested in developing The Swamp as useful farming land.
Plans were drawn for 12-20 acre farms in the swamp (later to be drained and become the foundation for the establishment of Toowoomba) in the hope of attracting more people to the area to support the land and build up the town. Two years later people began purchasing the land but not new settlers. The new farm holdings attracted buyers from Drayton.
In the year Thomas Alford moved into his new home his wife gave birth to a son, Henry King Alford and, shortly after Josiah Dent's wife bore him a daugther, Pamela. These were the first white babies born in Toowoomba.
On August 29, 1852 the town's only churchman, the Rev. Benjamin Glennie who had lived in Drayton since 1848, christened both children at the Alford home. It was the first Church of England service held in Toowoomba and the first day the word "Toowoomba" was written on a public document.