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Our Guide to Free Things to do in Toowoomba!

Here’s our complete guide to free things to do in Toowoomba – how to explore our beautiful city WITHOUT spending a cent!

Free things to do in Toowoomba…

If you are keen to take the kids out for a big adventure but don’t want a big price tag to go with it, consider some of these options for some great family fun.

Parks, parks and more parks!

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Toowoomba playground

Toowoomba has LOTS of parks but if you want a break from the swings how about finding other ways to enjoy our green spaces? Glenvale Park, Glenvale has a 1.76km cycling criterium track and Middle Ridge Park on Stenner Street has an excellent path that winds around the sporting ovals. Both spots are ideal for learning to ride a bike or scooter and once you have that mastered, ride, scoot or skip your way through the beautiful trees and pathways in Queens Park.

Take a hike!

There are unlimited picturesque spots to go for a walk in Toowoomba. Early risers can make their adventures breathtaking on foggy mornings while a chilly sunset is just as spectacular. Take a walk up Table Top Mountain, try the trails at Picnic Point Park or hike the reserve at Mount Peel Bushland Park, Drayton. Whatever spot you choose to try, take time to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the moment.

Get your art on!

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Toowoomba art

Toowoomba has a great emerging art scene. Pack your backpacks with water bottles, hats and a picnic lunch and take a walking tour of the street art. You will be both amazed and surprised at where you find these wonderful creations dotted through our city. If that gets your creative juices flowing, grab a sketch book and some pencils from home and try your own hand at something artistic under the shade of a tree.

Get back to nature

East Creek runs throughout the city and provides access to green space close to the city centre. Choose a section of the creek and take your time to wander along the paths, explore the creek beds and enjoy the wildlife. There are water fountains, picnic tables and facilities and plenty of space to kick a ball. Spread your picnic mat out and enjoy. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the wide variety of wildlife at the Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat.

Kick it old school

A little bit of old fashioned entertainment is always a winner and an afternoon watching the planes taking off and landing at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is great free fun. The airport has a fenced off kids play area beside the tarmac that keeps the kids busy while waiting for the next plane to start its journey. If it’s old things you’re interested in, visit Cobb and Co Museum. Start by wandering at your own pace through the animal artefacts before learning more about Toowoomba’s local history. Finish at the Coach Stop play area where the kids can dress up and take charge of their own Cobb and Co coach before visiting the general store to buy their groceries.

A big night out!

Sometimes a little something special is in order to make some wonderful family memories and what better way to do that than after the sun goes down? Pack a hot flask and head north of Toowoomba to Mount Kynoch Park to the lookout. This vantage point gives you a panoramic view of the city and down into the valley and it is spectacular at night. At different times of the year the council have outdoor movies in the parks. Keep an eye on the Toowoomba Regional Council website for their dates.

We want action!

If adrenaline is your thing, spend some time watching the Toowoomba Motocross Club riders hone their skills on the Echo Valley Raceway. Check out their website at www.toowoombamxclub.com.au for the next time they hit the track.

Shhh! Quiet please!

One of the best places to get lost for free is the Toowoomba City Library. Escape into the magical world of a book but don’t forget the library has so much more including movies, computers and activities. The library also hosts story time during the week and is a great way to introduce little ones to the joys of reading.

Free things to do in Toowoomba!

However you like to spend your time there are plenty of options in Toowoomba to make it free. The Toowoomba Regional Council website is a great resource for further information. Visit them at www.tr.qld.gov.au.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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