50 Things to do in Toowoomba | Activities, Restaurants, Entertainment and more!
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From camping Toowoomba to Soccer Toowoomba to the BEST Toowoomba tourist attractions, we’ve covered things to see and do in Toowoomba this weekend, next week and beyond!
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Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre
Location: 86 James St (Warrego Hwy), Toowoomba
Website: click here.
The best place to start in any new location is at the local visitors centre. Here you can pick up a variety of free map of Toowoomba and brochures, book into tours and get the local low down and tips on all the date specific things to do in Toowoomba… you can definitely find out about all the things to do in Toowoomba today.
Craft and the Arts in Toowomba
Location: ‘A’ Block (A237), University of Southern QLD, West Street Toowoomba
For something to do in Toowoomba that is that little bit different, check out what’s on at the University of Southern QLD. Why not go and see an independent film, a performance (comedy, Shakespeare, Music, Theatre), an art exhibition, attend an intellectual talk or perhaps a twilight music performance. Memberships of General Tickets are available for the time and date you need.
Toowoomba Photographic Society
Location: DeMolay House, 90 Margaret Street, Toowoomba. (opposite Queen’s Park, next to Park House Café)
Website: Toowomba Photographic Society
If you’ve ever wanted to learn about photography or hone the skills you have, the Toowoomba Photographic Society and help you with just that. They are all about helping to improve your skills in a friendly and social environment with membership open to beginners, amateurs and professsionals photographers.
Ironic Art – Wrought Iron Workshop
Location: Duff’s Complex, 74 Western Drive Gatton
Website: Ironic Art
The art of traditional blacksmithing is an amazing skill to have let alone to continue in the day and age. Kym Duff work is oozes immaculate, inspiring craftsmanship to be admired. His artwork is all about utilising all grades of steel to create unique project pieces or repetitive styles depending upon his client. His workshop is open to visitors who would like to see him in action.
The Darling Downs Model Railway Club
Location: Toowoomba Showgrounds, Glenvale Road, Toowoomba
Website: Darling Downs Model Railway Club
For those train fanatics, this is for you. A 100% NMRA (National Model Railway Association) affiliated club, the Darling Downs Model Railway Club is a place where you can get your model train fix with a hobbyists corner and regular events.
Activities sport and nature in Toowoomba and surrounds
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Opals Downunder Fossicking
Location: 11 Ballantyne Crt, Glenview
Website: Opals Downunder Fossicking
Could you get completely lost in the natural beauty of gemstones? Then you have to visit Opals Downunder. Pop along and learn about the world of opals, watch opal cutting demonstrations, fossick for gems in the “Scratch patch” or simply browse the opals for sale. These Toowoomba activities are a ‘must do’ attraction!
Location: Rangeville State School
Website: Ginger Sport
Whether you have a soft spot for soccer or are absolutely soccer crazy, Ginger Sport offers a range of out of school soccer programs for children of all levels and abilities. They host weekly sessions for children with additional needs in conjunction with Kids Matters and Brisbane Kids. They offer weekly soccer programs, childcare soccer programs, inflatable soccer, soccer parties and custom kick sessions. Find a program operating near you.
Kloud9ine Trampoline Park
Location: Bernoth Centre, 663 Ruthven Street Toowoomba
Endless trampolines – interconnected, all shapes and all sizes. Endless opportunities to show off your mid-air skills. Jump of the walls – literally! You can’t miss Toowoomba’s only climate controlled trampoline park with 5 different areas to challenge your fitness and each other. One of our favourite things to do in Toowoomba.
Cowboy Up Horse Riding Toowoomba
Location: Emu Creek via Toowoomba
Website: Cowboy Up Horse Riding
Giddy Up! Well now – THIS is a fun thing to do in Toowoomba! Experience horseback riding at it’s best. Meander down local trails through working cattle property whilst you soak up the picturesque farmland and mountainous surroundings. Be sure to keep an eye open for wild deer, the menagerie of birdlife and wallabies. Just grab your hat and enjoy the feel of your western saddle as you ride into the sunset.
Laser Skirmish in Toowoomba
Location: Location of your choice, Toowoomba
Website: Laser Skirmish
Australian owned and Australian made. Experience the ultimate thrill of an outdoor laser skirmish battle without the bruises a paintball would usually leave as a souvenir. Breakthrough digital technology means a longer weapons range meaning you can play pretty much anywhere you choose. So chose your team wisely. Your battle awaits.
iPlay Café & Playcentre Toowoomba
Location: 323 Ruthven Street Toowoomba
Website: iPlay Cafe & Playcentre
Designed with fun and safety as a priority for children up to 12yrs old, this play centre is the largest in Toowoomba. They have wifi, parking, specials, competitions, party packages and a café to name just a few of the fantastic features on offer, not to mention endless play equipment bound to challenge and entertain all little minds and bodies.
Location: Lake Cooby
Website: Lake Cooby
Whether you’re a keen angler or just want to enjoy relaxing by the water, Cooby Dam caters for everyone. Enjoy boating, swimming holes near Toowoomba, windsurfing or sailing. Whatever you’re up for, this pristine location is well worth the visit.
Hiking Tabletop Mountain
Location: Tabletop Mountain, Toowoomba
Website: Tabletop Mountain
If you’re up for a moderately challenging hike, this one is for you. Located just outside of Toowoomba the path to the top of the mountain can see you rock hopping, scrambling and climbing for about 2.5hrs, but it’s all worth it for the view at the top.
Location: 125km west of Brisbane on Toowoomba’s outskirts
Top of the Range 164 Tourist road
Toowoomba QLD 4350
Website: Picnic Point
What better way to occupy the whole family than to relax at the Picnic Point lookout, enjoy lunch at the café and let imaginations run wild in the children’s playgrounds. The lookouts, gardens, playgrounds and café are famous for their breathtaking views across the Great Dividing Range. With 3 amazing playgrounds including a rocket ship, rotunda and hand-carved witch’s forest, Picnic Point will not disappoint.
Laurel Bank Park
Location: West Street Toowoomba
Website: Laurel Bank Park
Looking for a great park for the kids or a way to escape your busy everyday life? Laurel Bank Park really delivers. Wander through the vibrant flower gardens or ponder upon the many statues sprinkled throughout the park before spending some time at the children’s playground and just relaxing in the sun.
Crows Nest National Park
Location: About 6 km east of Crows Nest, 56 km north of Toowoomba
Website: Crows Nest National Park
Very few areas in nature can match the beauty and tranquillity of Crows Nest National Park. Whether you’re after a campsite or other holiday accommodation, you’ll be treated with natural waterfalls, eucalypt forests, granite outcrops, pristine creeks and an abundance of wildlife. An area not to be missed.
Murphy’s Creek Escape – camping Toowoomba style!
Location: 356 Thomas Road, Murphy’s Creek QLD
Website: Murphy’s Creek
Fancy camping Toowoomba sytle? The ultimate camping and adventure experience for the whole family only 20 minutes from Toowoomba at the base of the Toowoomba range. Simply put your feet up and unwind without the interruptions of everyday life. Or for those more adventurous why not take a hike in the Lockyer National Park, take a dip in the creek or try out some awesome activities like abseiling, mountain biking, archery or test your skills on the ropes course. You can find other Toowoomba camping spots here.
Salt Caves Spas
Location: 192 James Street, Toowoomba
Website: Salt Caves
Yoga, meditation, salt therapy spas…dream no more as it’s all right here in Toowoomba. Simply relax, refocus and rediscover your inner zen at Salt Caves.
Tooloom Falls Campground
Location: Tooloom Falls road,which is about 3km out of Urbenville
Website: Tooloom Falls Campground
Camping at it’s best. For the ultimate place to soak in nature, you can’t go past Tooloom Falls Campground at the top of the falls at Tooloom Creek. With easy access to the base of the falls, plenty of opportunities to swim and canoe, camping is free an well worth every minute. Whether you have a tent, a campervan or a caravan, it’s a must.
Location: East Creek Toowoomba
Website: to come
Discover one of Toowoomba’s finest historical estates which simply oozes prestige and stories from a bygone era beginning in the 1800s. Grab your free brochure from the Tourist information centre, and take an hour stroll exploring the area before enjoying a picnic lunch down by East Creek.
Queens Park Botanic Gardens
Location: 43 Lindsay Street, East Toowoomba
Website: Queen’s Park Botanic Gardens
Centrally located in the heart of Toowoomba, you have to visit Queen’s Park. With 7 different areas to explore it’s bound to keep the kids on their toes whilst you rekindle a romance or simply breathe in the the fresh air and take in the moment. Discover the vibrant flowers peppered throughout this expansive heritage park, visit “Frogs Hollow”, the children’s play area, the off leash dog park, the amphitheatre or the ovals throughout the grounds for a fun filled day out.
Ju Raku En Japanese Gardens
Location: West Street, University of Southern Queensland,Toowoomba
Website: Japanese Gardens
A touch of tranquillity and stunning Asian culture in south west QLD. Sprawling across 4.5 hectares, and located at the northern side of the USQ campus, this is the most traditionally designed and largest Japanese garden in Australia. Definitely worth a visit.
Walking Tour of Toowoomba
Location: Russell Street Toowoomba
Website: Walking Tour
If you have an hour spare, this self-guided tour around Toowoomba is a must do. Starting at the Railway Station follow the path through through key areas of the city. Grab a brochure from the tourist information centre to help guide you.
Newtown Park State Rose Garden
Location: Taylor Street, Corner of Holberton, Tor and Pottinger Streets, Toowoomba
Website: Newtown Park State Rose Garden
This historic park is lovingly maintained by volunteers and donations and has become one of Toowoomba’s most successful community projects. Open 7days, there’s play equipment for the kids and plenty of wheelchair access so simply take along a picnic, make the most of the BBQs onsite and enjoy the serenity.
Museums Galleries and Local History in Toowoomba
DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum
Location: Ball St & Cambooya St
Website: DownsStream Tourist Railway & Museum
If you’re a train buff you cannot miss this. Operated by volunteers, DownsSteam is dedicated to establishing a tourist railway. A place for tourists to discover and rediscover their passion for rail. After lovingly restoring trains and carriages they welcome everyone to come along to their regular meetings and events to experience themselves the trains from years gone by.
Milne Bay Military Museum
Location: Cnr of Anzac Ave and O’Quinn St, Toowoomba
Website: Milne Bay Military Museum
Toowoomba has such a rich military history. Much of this history is exhibited in the military museum located in the well known 1917 ‘Drill Hall’. Housing relics from the 25th Battalion, artefacts range from WWI to more modern day conflicts. Be sure to touch base with the friendly volunteers when you arrive who are sure to be able to expand on war stories and the part Toowoomba played in these.
Jondaryan Woolshed: Open Air Working Museum
Location: 264 Jondaryan Evanslea Road, Jondaryan
Website: Jondaryan Woolshed
Weddings, camping or cabins…take your pick. Jondaryan Woolshed is the ultimate introduction to farm life for any tourist. Just 40mins from Toowoomba, tuck into a Ploughman’s Lunch in the Woolshed Restaurant and explore this heritage-listed open air museum which is the largest and oldest operating Woolshed in the world. Check out their upcoming events and self-guided tours for that extra rural injection.
The Met Galleries
Location: 22 Russell Street Toowoomba
Website: The Met Galleries
Discover some of Toowoomba’s most talented artists at The Met. From skilfully created sculptures to amazing photography and handmade silk scarves, the products on display are bound to make your jaw drop and your mind tick over. Check out their latest workshops also.
Location: 4 Margaret Street Toowoomba
Website: Tosari Galleries
Don’t miss this new destination in Toowoomba’s art precinct. View and purchase original artworks, unique Australian designed and made glass, corporate gifts and timber souvenirs in this purpose built gallery. With dynamic cultural exhibitions celebrate artwork from local and indigenous artists from around QLD.
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
Location: 531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, beside City Hall.
Website: Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
Established in the early 1900’s, the gallery holds three permanent collections: – The Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library, The Fred & Lucy Gould Collection and the Toowoomba City Collection. It hosts a variety of education and public programmes so check out their website to see what’s on when. In addition, it there is also a special incentive and recognition for artisans via two award exhibitions every second year.
Empire Theatre Toowoomba
Location: 54-56 Neil Street Toowoomba
Website: Empire Theatre
Heritage listed and known for its classic art deco design, the Empire Theatre should be near the top of your to-do list . With an array of performance and function areas, it is the largest performing arts precinct in regional Australia and is the place to be for culture and entertainment in Toowoomba
Main Road Heritage Centre
Location: 2–22 Mutze Street, opposite the Toowoomba airport.
Website: Main Road Heritage Centre
Get ready to enrich your mind with the interactive exhibits at the Main Road Heritage Centre. With a unique perspective of road building history in QLD, it’s the only museum of it’s type in Australia. Kids can learn all about the machinery through cartoon characters and an interactive children’s trail whilst adults will be in awe of the manual labour involved in building the ALD road network.
Location: 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba
Website: Cobb+Co Museum
You simply can’t be in Toowoomba and not visit the Cobb & Co Museum. Learn a heritage trade, check out the traditional Cobb & Co carriages from the horse drawn era or visit one of their interactive and educational events that are bound to keep you talking for days on end. Toowoomba kids (and visitors alike) will love these activities to do in Toowoomba. Check out what Cobb+Co Museum have on over the Toowoomba school holidays here.
Historic Spring Bluff Railway Station
Location: Spring Bluff
Go back in time and experience the traditional train stations and steam trains of a bygone era. Spring Bluff station has a wealth of history waiting to be told. Check out their website for their latest events…all aboard!
Location: 90 Margaret Street, Toowoomba
Website: Toowoomba Courthouse
This heritage listed 18th century building is just full of character and no doubt could tell many a tale if the walls could speak. Come and hear about the changes faces and uses of this historic and renowned building in Toowoomba
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Location: 123 Neil Street Toowoomba
Website: St Patrick’s Cathedral
Be mesmerised by the streams of natural light pouring through the historic stained glass windows of this gorgeous well known cathedral. Originally erected in 1863, it is considered a spiritual home to all who pass through.
Restaurants Eateries and Vineyards
The Chocolate Cottage and Café
Location: 10475 New England Highway, Highfields
Website: The Chocolate Cottage & Cafe
Attention all chocoholics! Located in an 18th Century renovated school house, you’ll be in heaven tasting handmade chocolates whilst sipping on the finest tea the area has on offer. Soak up the sun outside or defrost by the cosy fire inside, either way you’re in for a treat.
The Sauce Kitchen
Location: 1 Station Street, Toowoomba
Website: The Sauce Kitchen
Been dreaming about improving your cooking skills, well you can miss coming to The Sauce Kitchen. Learn new skills or tweak the ones you already have. Simply enjoy your coffee whilst you check out the classes on offer. The fully equipment kitchen situated in a lovely historical building is waiting for you, so get to it!
Paddock to Potager
Location: 428 Old Goombungee Road, Cawdor
Website: Paddock to Potager
The ultimate farmhouse experience awaits. On your farm tour you’ll get back to food basics and where food comes from. The “Paddock to Plate” concept is a large focus and a great way to teach to the younger generations. Choose from a range of activities or even host your next birthday party on the farm.
Sofra Turkish Cuisine
Location: 164 Margaret Street Toowoomba
Website: Sofra Turkish Cuisine
Looking for a romantic place for dinner with a bit of cultural spunk? Sofra, in the heart of Toowoomba, offers just this. Voted one of the top restaurants in the region, you’ll be caught up in the serene ambience and Ottoman experience, as you devour some of the local produce set to dazzle your palate with the flavours of Turkey.
Angelo’s House Café
Location: 210 Herries Street, Toowoomba
Homely cuisine at its finest using local produce, with the herbs and flowers straight from their own garden. Situated in a home built in the early 19th century, this lovely café. Experience that old fashioned hospitality and friendly customer service with flavours and menu to entice you back time and time again.
Location: 100 Russell St, Toowoomba
This café with that quirky character in the décor was only opened in 2011 but has quickly become increasingly popular and a place you must visit. You’ll appreciate the honest, friendly and down to earth service and atmosphere, to help you relax and just…be. To top it off the produce is locally and ethically sourced and you must try their direct-trade coffee….ah yes, it’ll hit the spot.
Café Veletta – High Teas
Location: 96 Margaret St, Toowoomba
Experience the grandeur, luxurious serene setting and tantilise your tastebuds with an opulent range of gourmet treats over high tea. Get the girls together for a catch up and experience the high tea atmosphere and tiered offerings of finger sandwiches, sweets, homemade scones and top it off with a n array of English and herbal teas.
The Spotted Cow pub
Location: 296 Ruthven St Toowoomba
Get in amongst it all at this exciting pub that very welcoming with great customer service and a menu to tempted all tastebuds. Centrally located, there are often live bands and entertainment – so what are you waiting for?
Toowoomba & Darling Downs Wineries
Whilst the wineries in Toowoomba only represent a small sample of Australian wineries, they’re well worth a visit. The region produces red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, fortified wine and dessert wine with all having a distinct flavor local to South Eastern QLD.
The Ugly Sessions @ National Hotel
Location: Your local pub
If you’re dressed up, into Jazz and the Blues but not sure where to go, check out an Ugly Session near you. Toowoomba’s monthly Blues session is sure to make your night as artists from out of area come network and Jam with other local and visiting Blues artists.
Margaret Street Markets
Location: Toowoomba City Centre
Held the 1st Sunday of every month from 8am-2pm, these fabulous markets showcase local produce, art, live music as well as an array of other live programmed events.
Cloudlake Mountain Retreat
Location: 37 Tessman Road, Ravensbourne, Toowoomba Area
This accommodation provides the perfect opportunity to create everlasting memories. Settled in a serene atmosphere by the lake, Cloudlake offers organice homegrown season produce, fresh olives as well as vineyards. Simply switch off the mobile phone and laptop, put your feet up and just relax.
Extra Special Mention
Darling Downs Zoo
No trip to the region is complete without a visit to one of the best kept secrets around! The Darling Downs Zoo is a favourite place for Toowoomba families as well as those near and far. Have a read about it here!