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Traditional Owners

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Acknowledging the

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region and their elders past and present. MAYORAL WELCOME Toowoomba is a city steeped in tradition yet bold with ambition. A world of discovery begins as you step off your flight in Toowoomba or with just a 90-minute drive from Brisbane and the coast. It’s a region to experience the contrasts of the changing seasons, the flavours of our fresh farm produce, gourmet food, wine and the release from big city pressures. Every season in Toowoomba is special but none more so than spring when everything bursts into colour for the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Enjoy your time in the Garden City and the delights of the wider Toowoomba region.

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Arts & Culture

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Explore the Surrounds

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Getting Here

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Welcome to Toowoomba

We live and play under a big sky in Queensland, where it’s beautiful one day and perfect the next! A scenic 90-minute drive west of Brisbane and you’ve arrived in Toowoomba, high above the surrounding country and a perfect mix of big city options and small town heart. This guide will help you find the spots the locals love, exploring urban artways and natural hideaways to your heart’s content, with plenty of great food and activities thrown in. With its cooler elevation, you can experience the diversity of our region from one of many stunning lookouts. You’ll discover broad waterways and bright sunflower farms, native forests and gorgeous escarpments, dotted with hamlets and towns, all waiting to be explored and rich with unique stories and envyinducing photo ops to share with friends back home. Settled in the mid 1800s, Toowoomba grew out of lush agricultural land and generations of farmers continue to call it home today. Harvests of award-winning produce, including wines, olives, cheeses, meats and much more, are enjoyed the world over and loved by locals and visitors at our many farmers’ markets. Enjoy our crisp winters, colourful springs, gentle summers and golden autumns. Home to an exciting calendar of events, you’ll enjoy jazz in vineyards, long table culinary events, art trails, country festivals and of course, our iconic Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, all reflective of the gorgeous scenery and community culture. You’ll find there really is something for everyone in our region. So come and find your Toowoomba, we can’t wait to meet you!

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World Record

Toowoomba holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Lamington, which weighed in at 2,361 kg on June 11, 2011.

Fast Facts

Australian First

Australia’s first appendectomy was performed in Toowoomba on March 11, 1893. The patient was Emma Webb and the procedure was performed on the kitchen table in her home.

Queensland Firsts

Radio station 4GR (Gold Radio) opened on August 16, 1925 making it the first to have a commercial licence in Queensland. In 1967 Toowoomba’s Alderman Nellie Elizabeth Robinson was voted mayor making her the first Lady Mayor in Queensland.

Queensland’s Oldest The Farmers Arms hotel at Cabarlah holds the oldest surviving licence in Queensland. First licensed over 150 years ago in 1863, the Farmers Arms was once part of a local jail.

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Queensland’s Quirkiest

The oldest known existing public urinal in Queensland. The iconic men’s toilet in Russell Street was constructed in 1919. It survived the floods in 2011, was pulled down in 2013 due to roadworks, and rebuilt exactly, brick by brick.

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First Brewery

After testing water quality in Brisbane and Ipswich, the Perkins brothers located a reliable spring providing the quality they required, in West Swamp Toowoomba. In 1867, the brothers purchased land in Margaret Street (where Grand Central is today), constructing Queensland’s first brewery. In December 1869, they brewed their first commercial hogshead of light ale.

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Famous People

Includes Geoffrey Rush, Meshel Laurie, Sonia Kruger, Arthur Hoey Davis, Jared Graves, Will Power, Tim Horan, Glynis Nunn...

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What to do in... Day One EARLY RISER Head up to Picnic Point, take a bush walk, watch the sunrise over Tabletop and hear the birds singing their dawn chorus. FUEL UP FOR A FUN DAY Find one of the many cafés offering sumptuous breakfasts. Then stroll around the CBD laneways and discover the incredible street art. Finish your walk by perusing the collections at the local Art Gallery. 10AM - DISCOVER GLORIES PAST Head around to the Cobb+Co museum through the picturesque camphor laurellined streets adorned with glorious century-old homes. You’ll discover one of Australia’s best collections of original horse-drawn carriages — plus a whole lot more. 1PM - JUST A STROLL IN THE PARK After a truly satisfying lunch, walk off your indulgences through the vast expanse of Queens Park. There are 25 hectares of treelined avenues, playgrounds, grassy picnic areas, seasonal bloomings and the mustsee Botanic Gardens. 3PM - DID SOMEONE SAY SHOPPING? The CBD is home to an amazing array of shopping delights, and Grand Central is the new centrepiece. Antiques, jewellery, clothing, souvenirs and more. 5PM - A GLAMOROUS EVENING Enjoy some fine dining followed by a show at the fabulously restored art deco Empire Theatre.

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just 48 hours Day Two BREAKFAST Kickstart your day with a delicious breakfast, before heading north to Highfields. Enjoy The Village Green, Jacaranda Manor and Abbie Lane for craft and art stores, plus boutique clothing and décor. 10AM - COUNTRY DRIVE On your way back to Toowoomba, take a scenic detour down Murphys Creek Road to Spring Bluff, the cute and historic railway station nestled into the rugged mountainside. Another refresher, anyone? NOON - ROSES BY ANY OTHER NAME Take a stroll through Newtown Park State Rose Garden, or a relaxing walk through Laurel Bank Park. For something more exotic, the highly acclaimed Japanese Garden is a calming retreat with ponds, hundreds of birds, curved bridges and meandering garden paths. 3PM - FUN ACTIVITY Not everyone is a golfer, but everyone can enjoy the fun of mini golf at the City Golf Club, or try your hand at the driving range. 6PM - A REFRESHING DRINK Enjoy a refreshment at one of the city’s many bars, before deciding which international cuisine to sample this evening.

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Attractions Are you ready for a day of exploring? An adventure or something to entertain the whole family? Toowoomba and the Darling Downs have loads of options, including some that will take you into the future and others back to our early pioneering days. Australian history is all around, providing a glimpse into the pioneering world of our ancestors. Visit the beautifully restored Spring Bluff Railway Station, Toowoomba Railway Station, St Luke’s Church and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Jondaryan Woolshed, The Royal Bull’s Head Inn and Toowoomba City Hall. Catch a show at the Empire Theatre and not only will you enjoy world-class performances with amazing acoustics but you’ll see the historic and grand proscenium arch that is believed to be the only one remaining in the Southern Hemisphere. Love animals and the environment? Discover breeding and rescue programs at Darling Downs Zoo. You’ll see big cats, zebras, giraffes and a variety of Australian animals, reptiles and birds. Spark your curiosity with history, science and traditional crafts at Cobb+Co Museum. The beautifully preserved National Carriage Collection offers a peek into a bygone era. Don’t forget to find out about Cobb+Co’s workshop series where you can learn a variety of traditional crafts. There are so many family friendly activities from horse riding, bowling and mini golf to playgrounds and parks.

www.visitdarlingdowns.com.au

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Toowoomba boasts a rich, unique heritage and no visit to the Darling Downs would be complete without taking a step back in time on our Heritage Trail.

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Vacy Hall — 135 Russell Street, Toowoomba Immerse yourself completely by staying at charming Vacy Hall, Toowoomba’s finest historic accommodation. This grand boutique hotel is steeped in Darling Downs history and is superbly located just 300 metres from the centre of the city. DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum — 16 Cambooya Street, Drayton Wander through the old carriages set amongst the gorgeous prize-winning gardens and be sure to pay a visit to the ‘Dreamtime Journey Coach’ where you will find yourself surrounded by spectacularly colourful Indigenous art. OPEN: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 9am to 3pm, entry by donation The Royal Bull’s Head Inn — 59 Brisbane Street, Drayton Over recent years, this locally loved landmark has hosted many a paranormal investigator, each confirming that the historical building may have a few lodgers that have stuck around since the inn’s establishment in 1874. Definitely worth taking a look for yourself, there are some wonderful original pieces to see at this well-presented inn. OPEN: The Royal Bull’s Head Inn operates as a museum and is open to the public on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 4pm. Cobb+Co Museum — 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba The Cobb+Co Museum pays tribute to the famed Australian transport era with the country’s finest collection of horse-drawn carriages on display. The captivating displays, variety of hands-on workshops and the tempting café make it the perfect place to spend the day. OPEN: 9.30am to 4pm daily | Daily guided tours at 10.30am and 2.30pm | Have A Go! session at 11.30am

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Highfields Pioneer Village — 73 Wirraglen Road, Highfields Just a short drive north of Toowoomba, you will find the Highfields Pioneer Village, home to a unique collection of buildings and relics honouring our Australian pioneering history. For the kids, there’s even a miniature steam train that operates on certain days. OPEN: 10am to 4pm daily Our Tip: Check out The Chocolate Cottage on the New England Highway for coffee or enjoy a delicious meal on the Village Green. Inbound — Toowoomba Railway Station, Railway Street For over 120 years, the Railway Refreshment Rooms have graced the Toowoomba Railway Station. Today, you can enjoy dining within these very rooms at Inbound. Situated in the railway precinct in the state-listed heritage station building, Inbound is the perfect setting to end your History and Heritage tour of the Darling Downs.

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Experience the Simple Life! Highfields Pioneer Village Get into the authentic Australian pioneering spirit for a day. Wander through restored buildings, vintage vehicles, farm machinery and specialised museums. Enjoy 20 acres of picturesque grounds, 60 buildings, pleasant bush surroundings and picnic facilities.

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Open 10am to 4pm Daily (07) 4696 6309 • 73 Wirraglen Rd, Highfields www.highfieldspioneervillage.com.au

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COBB & CO CARRIAGES Part of the Queensland Museum Network and home to the National Carriage Collection, discover a variety of interactive displays, vintage trade workshops, touring exhibitions and the famous Cobb’s Coffee Shop. Open: 9.30am to 4pm daily. Cobb+Co Museum 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba (07) 4659 4900 cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au

OLIVE GROVE CELLAR DOOR Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard Cellar Door is open from 10am to 4pm Saturday & Sunday (or by appointment at other times) for wine and olive tastings and our famous Ploughman’s and Gourmet Platters. Come and relax and enjoy the view from our deck or on a rug on the lawn.

Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard 286 Swain Road, Crows Nest 07 4697 9555 bunnyconnellen.com.au

STEAM RAILWAY HERITAGE Marvel at one of Toowoomba’s most-visited treasures, “The Dreamtime Journey Coach”, an ‘Indigenous art gallery on wheels’. Tour the Great Divide Scenic Railway train. See progress on the restoration of our historic steam locomotive ‘The Pride of Toowoomba’, and view the fully restored art deco-styled rail motor, ‘The Gatsby Flyer’. Open: Tues, Thurs, Sat 9 to 3. Entry by donation. DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum 16 Cambooya Street, Drayton (07) 4630 2358 downssteam.com

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Preserving, protecting and showcasing the stories and the history of Australian Military Flying. Visitors will witness the story of our humble beginnings in WW1, all the way through to more recent conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East. With 23 aircraft and other artefacts of significance on display, you’ll be taken on a journey through the vast advancements in aviation technology as well as discovering the human side to aviation and warfare through the ages. Australian Army Flying Museum Museum Drive, Oakey 07 4577 7666 austarmy.flyingmuseum@defence.gov.au armyflyingmuseum.com.au

Tour New Acland Mine New Acland Mine regularly offers free public tours of its operations. A free bus service to the mine leaves Oakey Railway Station at 9:30am and returns approx 1pm. For upcoming dates and to reserve your place, please call New Acland Mine on (07) 4694 8888. Tours can be arranged outside these designated times for larger groups like schools, businesses and different interest and community groups.

VISIT: PHONE: EMAIL:

New Hope Community Information Centre, Oakey, Campbell St, Oakey (07) 4691 3445 community@newhopegroup.com.au

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MILITARY FLYING HISTORY


Open every day except Christmas Day

Darling Downs Zoo

Cnr Gatton-Clifton & Baines Rds, PILTON (between Toowoomba & Warwick) Enquiries / Bookings: 4696 4107 • www.darlingdownszoo.com.au

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Children: $9 (under 18) Adults: $14 | Family Pass: $35

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Extra round: $6 per person

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Come and play a unique piece of history. TGC or “Middle Ridge” as it is known to locals is the second oldest golf club in Qld. The magnificent tree-lined fairways and bent greens offer a welcome respite from modern golf course design. Measuring just under 6000m, the course perches on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. There is ample opportunity for competition or social play. Afterwards enjoy a bite to eat and drink from Ridges Bar & Bistro. Golf / Weddings / Functions.

Toowoomba Golf Club 235-323 Rowbotham St, Middle Ridge 07 4635 1219 (Proshop: 4600 9397) toowoombagolfclub.com.au

EXPLORE THE DARLING DOWNS

With help from the locals Speak to us about creating: • Individual travel packages • Personalised tours and holiday itineraries

planning a visit to Toowoomba or the Darling Downs? trust Toowoomba’s only combined Travel Agency and Tour Operator to help you plan your visit or create a personalised holiday package! TRAVEL

www.StonestreetsTravel.com

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UNIQUE GOLF OPPORTUNITY


Bowling Fun For All The Family

Day or Night ~ 7 Days a Week Tenpin Bowling is one of the few sports where you get to socialise during the game, not just before or after! We are a great venue for “date nights” for just a couple, or make a party with family and friends. You don’t have to go bowling to enjoy all our venue has to offer. Whether it’s day or night, you can enjoy

a few hours of fun and exercise. We offer special packages that include meals and games of Tenpin Bowling, or just come along for a group game or two. Whichever you choose, you will be amazed at how little it costs to have a great function at Sunset Superbowl. • Function rooms accommodate up to 100 people • Café/Bistro & Takeaway • Well-lit Bowling Arcade & Free shoe hire • Game packages • Competitions

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Toowoomba Sightseeing offers daily sightseeing tours throughout the beautiful garden city of Toowoomba. Departing twice daily, you can join the tours as it suits your itinerary and buy tickets onboard. Also available for private charter, ideal for weddings, parties, celebrations and events.

Toowoomba Sightseeing Departs: Showgrounds & Info Centre 0447 070 635 toowoombasightseeing.com.au

FIND CLUES, SOLVE PUZZLES Escape rooms involve locking you and your friends or teammates in a room for an hour with a themed story that unlocks as you solve puzzles, mysteries and challenges. You must team together to unlock the mystery of the room to escape before the time is up. They’re a lot of fun, perfect for family, friends, and corporate events! Book online! Tick Tock Escape Room Toowoomba Toowoomba City 07 5641 2183 ticktockescaperoom.com.au ticktockescaperoom

TARGET SHOOTING FUN A unique firearms experience. Hire selected handguns, rifles and shotguns in our state-ofthe-art indoor firing range. Must be 11 years or older. No firearms licence or experience needed. Everything supplied. Bookings essential. We also offer personalised packages: see us for birthday parties, corporate nights, bucks/hen parties and more. Open Mon-Fri: 8.30-5.30, Sat: 8.30-12.30. The Open Range 251 James St, Toowoomba 07 4632 1389 theopenrange.com.au

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Why should adults have all the fun? The Darling Downs has something for everyone. Whether you’re stuck for things to do with your miniature entourage or want to find the best experiences that can be crammed into one very eventful day, we have enough on offer to ensure you’ll never hear those dreaded words: “Are we there yet?”

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Milne Bay Aquatic & Fitness Centre Frolicking in water for hours on end is rarely met with opposition from the little people. A trip to the Toowoomba Regional Council’s pools, equipped with lifeguards, kids wading pools and waterslides, fits the bill. Open all year round, the biggest issue will be trying to leave. Crows Nest National Park For a water activity that merges with nature, Crows Nest National Park provides a 2.7km walking track peppered with pit stops to three waterholes, Two shallow sandy pools followed by a large, deeper one for the more avid swimmer. Did we mention spotting the occasional brush-tailed rockwallabies? Darling Downs Zoo No childhood is complete without at least one trip to the zoo. With an array of animals from Africa, South America, South-East Asia and Australia, there’s bound to be one that earns the ‘my favourite’ title. We’re fairly certain this won’t be your last visit.

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Child’s Play

Kloud9ine Trampoline Park Kids like jumping. Kloud9 likes kids jumping. In fact, they’ve provided an entire trampoline park. Sessions are supervised and provide an hour or two of fun energy expenditure. They’ll be sleeping well that night.

DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum The young, and young-at-heart alike, are bound to enjoy wandering through old train carriages and restoration workshops, set amongst prize-winning gardens. Fun AND educational, without a pesky exam at the end. Phat Burgers Growing kids need food — at various times, lots of it! Iconic burger joint Phat Burgers has enough choice on their menu to keep even the fussiest satisfied. Famous for their colossal sizes, a food pit-stop here is guaranteed to keep those bellies full for hours; at least until they pass this next store. Gelatissimo Toowoomba Old school favourites and quirky flavoured gelato is what you’ll find at this very popular piece of heaven. Made fresh in-store daily, the biggest dilemma of the day will be whether to choose the Salted Caramel over the Malten Madness. Located right in the heart of town. The Chocolate Cottage Anything with the word chocolate in it must be good, and this place is no exception. Nestled in a quaint village green, the café serves up an array of award-winning choices along with a wide selection of handmade chocolates that will unleash a new level of pester power in the mini-adults.

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Explore the Great Outdoors

From the rustic to the refined, our nook of the world is teeming with stunning wildlife and spectacular locations for you to discover and enjoy. Pristine national park rainforest, green and blue mosaic parklands, caramel fields and boisterous florals, blanket our ridges and plains in an exuberant display of nature’s diversity. With plentiful fertile soil and a temperate climate, we can sprout almost anything in our back yard making it a gardener’s delight. Across the region, vibrant annuals, biennials and perennials salute the seasons, while delicious fragrances waft from exotic and endemic plants and trees grounded in an ever-changing landscape. A visit will prove just how stunning our parklands really are. Toowoomba is home to hundreds of parks and gardens — and some of the most spectacular National Parks — teeming with dams and lakes, creeks and billabongs, tempting you to get out and explore. They’re also a treasure trove for kiddie explorers, offering adventurous nature play activities and loads of room to run off energy.

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Toowoomba is famous for its magnificent Parks & Gardens. In fact, our majestic gardens are in focus worldwide during spring, for the iconic Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. But don’t take our word for it, set aside a whole day and follow our trail to some of our most loved and cherished gardens.

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The Gumbi Gumbi Gardens The Gumbi Gumbi Gardens Cultural site feature extensive plantings of flora used by the local Aboriginal communities for food, medicinal and other purposes and is well worth an explore on your gardens tour. Picnic Point — 162 Tourist Road, Toowoomba Our trail starts beneath the towering pines in the picturesque parkland of Picnic Point, the pinnacle of the Great Dividing Range. You’ll find exciting playgrounds for littlies and sweeping vistas for oldies and plenty of exploring trails for everyone. Grab breakfast at Picnic Point Café before a day of exploring the region. Laurel Bank Park — 50 Hill Street, Toowoomba A gorgeous labour of love for our local gardeners, this park boasts many curated sections plus a water feature. Worth a special mention is the garden dedicated to the Downs Association for the Blind, bursting with an array of sweetly scented blooms to ignite the senses. Cross the road to Urban Grounds Cafe and enjoy morning tea on the deck. QLD State Rose Garden — 147 Taylor Street, Toowoomba Roses are red, yellow, white, mauve, pink, purple and all the colours of the rainbow! Whether you’re a rose buff or not, a garden boasting over 2000 rose bushes brimming with vibrant colours and scents is not to be missed.

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Queens Park — 43-73 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba One of Toowoomba’s most recognised icons, Queens Park is made up of over 26-acres of lush green lawns, tree-lined pathways and botanic garden grandeur. With plenty to attract during every season, this diverse area is well worth exploring. Check out Park House Cafe at 92 Margaret St for a relaxing lunch. Japanese Garden — 20 Regent Street, Toowoomba Also known as ‘Ju Raku En’, (Japanese for ‘enjoying peace and longevity in a public place’), Japanese Garden is the perfect spot to finish the day’s explorations. Sitting alongside Toowoomba’s USQ campus, the exquisitely manicured garden is focused around a central lake that provides an allencompassing serenity. It’s your final destination, sit back and take in the tranquillity.

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The Toowoomba Region is home to stunning natural scenery and it is no surprise that the variety of walking trails are endless, from a leisurely stroll to a challenging hike, there is something to suit everyone! The highlight of these trails is the myriad of wildlife that call our region home, it really is a nature lover’s paradise. For detailed information on trails: www.tr.qld.gov.au/walkingtrails www.tr.qld.gov.au/parklocator

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Cooby Dam Loveday Cove A super recreational area offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a host of land and *aquatic outdoor pursuits. Boaties, anglers, walkers and picnickers are all provided for at this picturesque location. If you’re keen to cast a line to catch a fish, or two, the dam offers its share of good fishing spots. Just be sure to get a permit first! For those who prefer land based activities, there are walking tracks to explore and picnic shelters and free gas barbecue facilities to help create a memorable day out. *Swimming at Cooby Dam Loveday Cove is expressly prohibited. Picnic Point Parklands Aside from the many small walks and trails that you can explore throughout Toowoomba’s beloved Picnic Point Parklands, there are many bushwalks that are well suited to the avid adventurer (with a good level of fitness of course!). Again, these trails offer a spectacular insight into the natural wonder that Toowoomba has to offer. From stunning displays of colourful flora through to captivating animals in their natural habitat and the views out towards the Lockyer Valley are absolutely breathtaking! Jubilee Park Located in Mounty Lofty, Jubilee is one of Toowoomba’s largest parks popular with bushwalkers, runners and mountain bikers. Playing host to 25km of some of the best trails in Queensland, Jubilee has become synonymous with mountain biking in the last few years. For the dedicated rider, the trails range from easy to hard. Popular trails include Easy Rider, Highlife, Rollercat, Hyperlink, Anonymous and Defibrillator among others. Downhill riders can also enjoy the Mackenzie Frenzy, the first legal downhill track in Queensland. Before starting out we recommend you check out: www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sport-recreation/walks-trails/227where-to-walk

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Hiking & Biking in Nature

Crows Nest Falls A creek-side walk to waterholes and to lookouts with spectacular views. Crows Nest National Park protects spectacular creek scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forests. Tracks lead from the picnic area and follow the steep-sided gorge in the upper reaches of Crows Nest Creek to a lookout overlooking Crows Nest Falls. Continue to Koonin Lookout for an impressive view over a deeper gorge known locally as the Valley of Diamonds.

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EXPLORE COUNTRY GARDENS Gardens of the Downs is an organisation which allows you to view outstanding garden displays in our local community. It is aimed at promoting the benefits of gardening. Gardens of the Downs is an exciting concept aimed at all gardeners — novice and veteran. We invite you to look to our website or Facebook page for future events across the region. Gardens of the Downs Inc. Based across the Darling Downs gardensofthedowns.com

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No Visit to Toowoomba is Complete Without a Trip to...

THE SPRINGS

Explore Waterlily on Spring, our exciting GIFTWARE & DECOR section

Enjoy a welcome break from browsing in the Café/Restaurant

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We have all manner of FRUIT TREES in abundance

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Parks & Gardens Make your outdoor living a lot more relaxing with our fabulous range of OUTDOOR FURNITURE

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SPECIALISTS

Garden Centre & Gift Shop

POTS of all shapes and sizes to enhance your garden or patio

POT PLANTS and potted colour, ready to display or to plant out.

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www.thesprings.net.au

Cafe/ Restaurant Outdoor Furniture

4636 6688 4636 8424 www.tofs.com.au

Open 7 days 9am-5pm | Off street parking | 333 Spring St Toowoomba

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A new generation of creative spirit has evolved in Toowoomba, blending the beauty of this historic city with a unique contemporary vibe. Take a tour of our galleries, theatres and creative spaces and you will experience a new way of seeing regional Queensland. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery has led the way, inspiring countless artists across the region. The gallery offers an ever-changing kaleidoscope of exhibitions, including a dedicated local artist space and holds three impressive collections . The First Coat Art Festival transformed Toowoomba’s urban spaces into something truly magical. Our streets, lanes and commercial areas are now open-air galleries spreading messages of hope and peace. World-class performances are staged at Empire Theatre, so it’s worth checking what’s on during your visit. From orchestras to dance troupes, stage plays to musicals and comedies, the Empire Theatre is where locals go to enjoy a special night out. If it’s beats you’re after, check out our local pubs including The Spotted Cow, Fitzy’s and the Irish Club hotel which often hosts local bands. Don’t miss Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery Empire Theatre Toowoomba Repertory Theatre Street Art Artsworx Gallery at USQ Feather & Lawry Gallery Cobb+Co Museum

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With multiple private and council art galleries around the region, you’ll develop more culture than yoghurt in this trail of delightful creative spaces! In such an beautiful part of the country it’s no surprise that local artists are delivering world class sculptures, artworks and decor all waiting for your adoring gaze, and maybe even to take home with you.

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Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery — 531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is the largest of the three council galleries in the Toowoomba Region. With a mix of exhibitions from its permanent collections and temporary and travelling displays, it is the perfect cultural visit. Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm / Sunday: 1 pm to 4 pm Feather & Lawry Gallery — 4 Russell Street, Toowoomba One of the private galleries in town belongs to a local architect and interior design firm with a stable of acclaimed artists each with their own unique style and medium. Quirky fired clay pieces, landscapes, portraits and more are all housed in this relaxing space and locals know this is one that is well worth a visit. Open: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

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USQ Artsworx — West Street, Toowoomba The gallery space at the local university showcases distinguished artists and specialist exhibitions as well as student work. Give yourself a head start into the future of the arts world and check this space out. Open: Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm

Toowoomba Art Society — 1 Godsall Street, Toowoomba Tucked away at the end of a park-lined street, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a private residence but TAS is home to a wide range of classes, art groups and exhibitions and a passionate group of resident artists. With exhibitions changing regularly, you never know what you’ll discover in this bright, airy space and the gorgeous floral gardens next door are the perfect space for reflecting on your new artistic discoveries. Open: Tuesday to Friday 9am to noon / Saturday & Sunday 10am to 2pm Tosari Galleries — 4 Tourist Road, Toowoomba Tosari Galleries is now the largest custom-built commercial art gallery in South East Queensland. Specialising in local Aboriginal art, the gallery also stocks an impressive range of décor and homewares. Perfectly situated at the top of the range, this is one not to miss. Open: Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 4pm

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ART AND UNIQUE GIFTS MET Galleries is an artist-run co-operative representing local and regional artists. Set in the relaxed grounds of the Village Green in Highfields (behind the Chocolate Cottage), MET Galleries is a great space to browse for your next artwork or unique gift.

MET Galleries 10475 New England Hwy, Highfields (07) 4698 7285 metgalleries.weebly.com

REGIONAL ART FOR SALE The Feather & Lawry Gallery is dedicated to promoting artists and offering a diverse range of artwork for sale to discerning collectors and art lovers. Gallery services include: Virtual Stockroom, Corporate Art Placement, Residential & Commercial Art Consultations & Procurement, Procurement for Designers and Curatorial Services. View online. Mon to Fri 9 to 5. Sat/Sun by appt. Feather & Lawry Gallery 4 Russell St, Toowoomba featherandlawry.com.au

LINE DANCING FUN Have you ever wanted to give it a go? It’s a great form of exercise, meet a nice group of people and enjoy a free coffee and biscuit afterwards. Classes ($10). Loyalty cards available (every 10th lesson free). Monday 9am to noon: Late beginner onwards. Tuesday 9am to 11am: New beginner to improved. Wednesday 9am to noon: Late beginner onwards and Golden Oldies. Dee Gee’s Line Dancing Trinity Church Hall, 270 Hume St, Toowoomba 0438 366 471 deegeeslinedancing

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Gwyn HANSSEN PIGOTT / Whisper c 1998 / Limoges porcelain / 10 x 30cm / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection 586 Royal Worcester vase / England c 1887 / 8.5 x 7cm greatest diameter / The Fred & Lucy Gould Collection 047 Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery Established in 1937, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery was the first public art gallery in regional Queensland. In 1994, the Gallery relocated from Toowoomba City Hall into its own purposely refurbished facility. The Gallery is conveniently located in the heart of the city with free admission and is surrounded by attractive inner-city parks and some of Toowoomba’s best cafes. The Gallery is owned and operated by Toowoomba Regional Council and is dedicated to providing opportunities for creative expression, cultural exchange, access to life-long learning experiences and to commemorate our local heritage. The Gallery acquires artworks by local and national practitioners and houses three permanent Collections. The Collections represent a unique and invaluable legacy not only for Toowoomba Region but also for Australia’s cultural heritage. 531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm | Sunday 1pm to 4pm Closed Mondays & Public Holidays (Open Carnival Monday each year) P: (07) 4688 6652 E: art@tr.qld.gov.au W: www.tr.qld.gov.au/trag

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Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery exhibition space.

Rosalie Gallery, Goombungee.

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Rosalie Gallery Rosalie Gallery was constructed by Rosalie Shire Council in 2005 to meet the growing needs of the art community. The Gallery enjoys the support and patronage of artists from around the country. The changing exhibition program showcases diversity, ingenuity and creativity and also offers community-focussed exhibitions and programs, which reflect local history, lifestyles and celebrations. The professionally curated displays change monthly, and include a range of media. Rosalie Gallery aims to facilitate the enjoyment of all visitors and Toowoomba Regional Council acknowledges the dedication of the volunteers who generously contribute their time and skills to fulfil the many and varied needs. 89 Mocatta Street, Goombungee, Qld Open: Wed to Sun 10.30am to 3.30pm Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays P: (07) 4696 5600 E: Rosalie.Gallery@tr.qld.gov.au W: www.tr.qld.gov.au/rosaliegallery

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Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery was established in 1996, and with a strong artistic community residing in the area, the gallery has become an important part of cultural life in the town. Staffed by a part-time gallery officer and a dedicated team of friendly volunteers, the gallery provides access to a broad range of high-quality exhibitions, workshops and arts events for visitors and the local community. Along with state-wide travelling exhibitions, in-house curated exhibitions and accepting proposals from across Australia, Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery aims to showcase, support and nurture local creative talent from across the region. New England Highway and William St, Crows Nest, Qld Open: Tues to Sat 10.30am to 3.30pm | Sunday 11.30am to 3.30pm Closed Mondays and public holidays P: (07) 4698 1687 E: CrowsNestArt@tr.qld.gov.au W: www.tr.qld.gov.au/cngallery

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Toowoomba has a lively café scene with funky little coffee shops and hidden laneways to explore. This beautiful city is home to an evolving outdoor exhibition of large-scale street art installations, made possible by the First Coat Intl Art Festival. Grab your camera phone and get ready to click some of the coolest holiday snaps ever, on this art and caffeine-loaded adventure.

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The Bungalow & Basket — 400 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba Now that you’re back on Ruthven St, pop into the Bungalow and Basket, a coastal-inspired cafe and homewares haven. Great excuse for another caffeine infusion. Then check out these amazing walls: • Bank Lane (Brett Piva) • 1 Schofield Street (Shani White) • Wilcox Lane (Gene Falknau) • Cnr Keefe & Russell Street (Frank & Mimi) • Keefe Street (Claire Foxton, Georgia Hill & Thomas Jackson, Tristan Kerr) • Mark Lane (Col McElwaine, Heather Smith and Buttons) The Finch Café — 469 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba You’ve covered a lot of ground. This calls for food glorious food! Time to stop at The Finch Café for lunch and photo inventory. The Banh Mi rolls and Fonzie Abbott Espresso’s are our top pick. The Street art continues... • Club Lane (Sirmano & Mysterious Al) • 2 Chronicle Lane (Gimicks Born & Spencer Harrison) • Neil Street Bus Station (Lauren Hom) • Jessie Street (Sophie Mary-Mac) • 49 Neil Street (Adnate) • 163 Hume Street (Beastman)

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Next head to Duggan Lane where you will find a stunning piece by high profile street artist RONE, then wander down to: • 28 & 30 Duggan Street (Meks Tues Reals, Alex Lehours) • 6 & 12 Little Street (Katie Noller, Rick Hayward ) • Gallery Lane (Elysha Rei) • 488 Ruthven Street (Fintan Magee)

City Cafes, Laneways & Street Art

Ground Up Espresso Bar — 501 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba Crowned one of Toowoomba’s trendiest cafes, you’ll find this hip inner city cafe nestled down a laneway of vibrant street art. Start the day here and download the www.firstcoat.com.au app over breakfast. The app will help you navigate your street art tour of the city, or pick up a map from the VIC. You can create your own arty adventure or follow our easy trail.

Walton Stores — 476 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba Wander back down Ruthven St to the Walton Stores food precinct and finish the day in cuisine nirvana. From Asian-inspired delicacies to a dedicated dessert bar, soak up the day’s remnants over a relaxing meal as you choose the perfect social media snap to upload.

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Events Our highly acclaimed and spectacular Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers attracts over 250,000 visitors for 10 event-packed days each year. Visitors enjoy the festive atmosphere of gala dinners, food and wine events, a floral parade, night gardens, plus parks and gardens festooned in a riot of colour and fragrance. The region is also loved for a range of quirky and colourful signature events like the Millmerran Camp Oven Festival, Warwick’s Jumpers & Jazz and the famed Watermelon and Pumpkin Festivals. Christmas brings with it a variety of community and charity events, such as the Christmas Wonderland lights display at the Botanic Gardens and The Chronicle Christmas Lights competition. The festive feel stays during the summer holidays, with live music performed in the main parks on weekends throughout January and February as part of the Summer Tunes program. If you’re visiting Toowoomba during autumn or winter, there’s so much to do — from the famous McGregor Winter Arts Retreat to the city centre Winter Wonderland. So get your winter woollies out and join in! You can get your foodie fix during autumn at the Hampton Festival or the Felton Food Festival, or stay over the Easter holiday and enjoy the Streets and Lane Festival with live music and community happenings, or the vintage celebrations at Highfields and Jondaryan Woolshed. Regardless of the season, you’re sure to find plenty of exciting activities to enjoy when you visit Toowoomba.

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Toowoomba and surrounds pack a lot into the year — from food and wine festivals and seasonal long table dinners, to sporting and music highlights.


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YOU’RE INVITED TO

10 days of flowers, flavours and fun! QANTAS GALA DINNER 20 Sept 2018

HERITAGE BANK FESTIVAL OF FOOD & WINE Events

21-23 Sept 2018

GRAND CENTRAL FLORAL PARADE 22 Sept 2018

NIGHT GARDEN POWERED BY ERGON ENERGY 26-30 Sept 2018

GARDEN/FOODIE/WALKING TOURS 21-30 Sept 2018

+ OVER 60 COMMUNITY EVENTS!! Full details at tcof.com.au PROUDLY OPERATED BY

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Toowoomba celebrates Spring 21 to 30 SEPTEMBER 2018

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CHARMING COUNTRY MARKET Situated just 20 minutes north of Toowoomba, the monthly Cabarlah Markets offer country hospitality on the city’s doorstep. With a wide variety of stalls, shoppers are spoilt for choice, and multiple food options including burgers, Devonshire tea, coffee, cakes and chips to satisfy your appetite. The markets are held on the last Sunday of each month, except December, which is the second Sunday and operate from 7.30am until 12.30pm.

Cabarlah Sports Ground, 9856 New England Highway 0490 012 999 / 4696 8152 bookings@cabarlah-markets.org.au Cabarlah-Markets.org.au

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See some of Australia’s award winning gardens at the

Garden Competition

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Tours available to various private gardens in Toowoomba.

Gardens are available for viewing

Friday 21 Sept ~ Sunday 30 Sept 2018 HAMPTON FESTIVAL Set under majestic blue gums, Hampton Festival patrons will enjoy an authentic high-country experience on Sunday, 19th May 2019, which highlights the autumn season, the natural beauty and the bounty of locally produced food of the Hampton region. Come enjoy the live music, regional wines, speciality craft beers, art exhibitions, children’s activities and more. The Hampton Festival 8623 New England Highway (07) 4697 9066 hamptonfestival.com

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Meet Somewhere Fresh Business meetings in Toowoomba ~ at a glance!

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The number of reasons to meet somewhere fresh and hold your next business event in the Toowoomba region rather than the usual beach or urban locations.

2014

The year that Toowoomba Wellcamp opened, Australia’s newest airport and the country’s only privately funded facility with over 80 direct flights weekly.

1889

In a region with a rich history, this is the age of Toowoomba’s oldest meeting venue, which includes a charming underground cellar.

2,200

The biggest venue available in Toowoomba in a theatre-style room set up with 11 others able to cater for 400 or more.

164,595

The number of people living in the Toowoomba region, which is the capital of the Darling Downs, giving event planners big city services at small town prices delivered with friendly service.

4,000

The number of beds in the Toowoomba region waiting to be occupied by corporate, association, sporting and government groups.

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Business tourism bureau, Toowoomba Conferences, helping groups meet in the region. www.toowoombaconferences.com.au

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The number of minutes it takes to drive from Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane.

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The number of meeting/function venues available in the Toowoomba region, both with and without on-site accommodation.

2,500

The number of accommodation rooms available in the Toowoomba region with standards up to 4.5 star — hotels, motels, B & Bs, self-contained, caravan parks, pubs, farm stay and camp/ dormitory.

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Some of the key industry sectors driving the economy — agriculture, resources, health, education and manufacturing.

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The number of public parks and gardens, which, along with Australia’s longest-running horticultural event, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, is why Toowoomba is commonly known as “the Garden City”.

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Things to do outside the classroom for teambuilding in the Toowoomba region after your meeting or conference is finished.

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Events June - July

Farmfest 5 to 7 June 2018 Queensland’s premier primary industry field day. www.farmfest.com.au Winter Wonderland 22 June to 15 July 2018 A magical experience for all. The CBD will be alive with lights, ice skating and outdoor entertainment creating an incredible event. www.tr.qld.gov.au/our-region/whats-on/ events/13242-winter-wonderland

August

Brewoomba 4 August 2018 Toowoomba’s No.1 Craft Beer Festival www.facebook.com/Brewoomba/ Toowoomba Multicultural Festival 12 August 2018 Toowoomba Languages & Cultures Festival showcases static displays of cultural interest and information from different cultures all across the globe. www.tims.org.au/TLC-Festival Leyburn Sprints 18 to 19 August 2018 A Commemoration of Queensland’s firstever Australian Grand Prix and one of the most significant motoring events. www.leyburnmotorsprints.com.au

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September

Antiques & Collectable Fair 15 to 16 September 2018 Showcasing Antique, Vintage, Collectable, Vintage Fashion and Retro fields, the opportunity to purchase quality and unique wares, furniture, fine bone china, jewellery and coins. www.antiquesandcollectablesfair.com Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2018 21 to 30 September 2018 The award-winning Carnival continues to grow. Spectacular gardens, country touring, live music, local food, wine and more. www.tcof.com.au

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Chronicle Garden Competition 2018 21 to 30 September 2018 Visit spectacular home gardens in Toowoomba and surrounds. Tours available.

October

Lost Trades Fair 6 to 7 October 2018 Held at Cobb+Co, the Master Artisans shares their skill in traditional trades. www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au Australian Camp Oven Festival — Millmerran 6 to 7 October 2018 Dedicated to preserving and sharing Australian rural heritage with inspired activities such as bush poetry, arts, crafts, shearing demonstrations, and camp oven cooking! www.acof.com.au Hutchinson Tennis International Toowoomba 6 to 10 October Part of Tennis Australia’s Australian Pro Tour providing opportunities for the world’s rising tennis stars. www.toowoombatennisinternational.com Pittsworth Craft & Fine Food Spectacular 12 to 14 October 2018 Showcasing over 50 talented artisans. All quality hand-made products. Saturday in the Park with music, plants and garden adornments, BBQ. www.facebook.com/craftandfinefoodpittsworth/

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November - December

Jacaranda Day Goombungee November 2018 Goombungee comes alive with hundreds of people turning out to visit its annual community Jacaranda Festival. www.facebook.com/ JacarandaDayGoombungee/

Christmas Wonderland, Botanical Gardens December 2018 An event that the whole community could come to experience the joy and wonder of Christmas, and enjoy the light display. www.christmaswonderland.com.au

January - February Summer Tunes 6 January to 24 February 2019 The Summer Tunes program provides free, live music at popular parks every weekend. www.tr.qld.gov.au Toowoomba Swap 2 to 3 February 2019 One of the three biggest collectible car part swaps in Australia, filling the entire Toowoomba showgrounds with sites. www.toowoombaswap.com

March

Golf Championship March 2019 First contented in 1926, the Coca-Cola Qld PGA Championship is one of the oldest professional golf tournaments in Australia — played at Toowoomba City Golf Club www.pga.org.au

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Toowoomba Royal Show 28 to 30 March 2019 The Toowoomba Royal Show is an unrivalled production of the very best in entertainment and agriculture displays on the Darling Downs since 1860. www.toowoombashow.com.au TOOWOOMBA & SURROUNDS


Clifton Fly-In March 2019 A spectacular day of aviation fun attracts many different flying pursuits, including recreational, home builds, sports and vintage aircraft, warbirds plus many other flying machines. www.facebook.com/events/526035111116318/

April - May Events

Weetwood 6 April 2019 Come dressed to the nines and look your best for Toowoomba Turf Club’s premier racing annual event. www.weetwood.com.au Toowoomba Open House May 2019 One day each year, some of our most fascinating homes open their doors to the public. Residents, visitors, families, design buffs, architecture fans, heritage enthusiasts — anyone curious about Toowoomba’s unique places is invited to explore. www.toowoombaopenhouse.com.au David Hack Classic 19 May 2019 An annual event where classic vehicles, warbirds, military vintage cars and trucks, motorcycles gather for a day. A unique atmosphere for enthusiasts and the public. There are trophies, entertainment and food for the whole family. www.therotaryclub.com.au/home Hampton Festival 19 May 2019 Great food, art and cultural activities that make the Hampton Festival a wonderful family event. www.hamptonfestival.com McGregor Arts Retreats Winter, Spring, Autumn, Summer The famous McGregor Arts Retreats have a long history and incredible reputation among Australian artists. Covering visual arts, creative arts and music, McGregor Retreats are great for learning a new skill, or mastering your craft. www.artsworx.usq.edu.au/learn/mcgregor

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Eat & Drink

Toowoomba is the place to be if you’re a foodie! Toowoomba and surrounding country side is the perfect place to embrace crisp clean air, award-winning wines and the freshest local produce. Whether you’re after an intimate culinary experience or dramatic meal with a view, there is a fine selection of restaurant options. Enjoy fresh produce from the surrounding regions and experience award-winning kitchens committed to supporting sustainable and ethical food practices. Cafes If it’s artisan coffee and a colourful bite you seek, you’ll find it here — along with some spirited ambience. The region delivers on all fronts with a diverse range of choices, from Toowoomba’s laneway gems to the busy hubs of our country towns and regional communities. The region’s ever-expanding café list brings classic country hospitality and abundance to the table. Pubs & Bars Toowoomba is home to a host of rather fine spots for a bit of imbibing and good old-fashioned story-slinging. Further afield, fireside whisky bar beckons from high in the Bunya Mountains and country towns boast some utterly charming historic pubs. Producers Find out for yourself why the Darling Downs attracts so many ‘foodies’. Award-winning farms supply the freshest produce from farm gate to plate. On the Darling Downs, we celebrate with pride those fine souls who feed us!

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If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that delicious food is never a bad idea. Exploring a region’s top dining haunts can be overwhelming at the best of times, and the Darling Downs is no shrinking violet when it comes to exceptional dining experiences. Whether it’s a light lunch, full a-la-carte dining extravaganza, or a few cheeky drinks you’re after, the choices are many and the Insta shots endless.

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Little Seed Priding itself on its 100% vegan and gluten-free delicacies, Little Seed’s menu offers a treasure trove of all things local, ethical and sustainable. We know that even the most devout carnivore will enjoy the selection. Zev’s Bistro Described as high-end casual dining, Zev’s Bistro boasts the only AGFG hatted restaurant title in Toowoomba. With a progressive menu that’s sure to give your palate an exciting trip around culinary heaven, this quaint downtown bistro will be a highlight of any visit.

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Encores Lunch, dinner, pre-show; all great excuses to experience the gastronomical delights on offer at this popular establishment, conveniently located alongside the iconic Empire Theatre. Whether you’re off to the theatre or not, it’s the perfect excuse to dust off the glad rags and enjoy some exquisite fine dining.

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Sofra Turkish Cuisine Lights, colour and action are all side acts to the amazing flavours and selection at this popular Turkish restaurant. Get in early for dinner on weekends as they book out, and be entertained by a belly dancing show amongst the tables as you enjoy the feast! They also offer great breakfast and lunches, so you don’t miss out.

The Chelsea Nestled down a laneway in a quiet street, The Chelsea promises an experience dripping in sophistication and finesse. Reminiscent of a speakeasy bar right at home in a film noir classic, you’ll find the finest cocktail selection available anywhere with a lot of personality, and attention to every element. Muller Brothers Set atop a historical building dating back to the 1900s, you’re sure to find something refreshing to imbibe from their diverse drinks menu. Stay long enough to build up a hearty appetite and head downstairs to the restaurant for a Brazilian-inspired BBQ. Fitzy’s Despite a few name changes over the years, Fitzy’s has been pouring beers for over 80 years. Considered somewhat of a Toowoomba institution, Fitzy’s is home to bars Tapestry and Fitzy’s on Church and regularly has live music in both bars.

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A GREAT PLACE TO ENJOY Club Glenvale is everything a club should be. Fantastic value hearty meals. Lunch and dinner 7 days a week, from 10am til late. Reserve your table now! • Café • Bistro • Alfresco dining • Bars with multi-sports viewing • Safe socialising • Family friendly • Free parking • 86 Pokies • Courtesy travel

564 Boundary Street, Toowoomba 07 4633 1229 clubglenvale.com.au

Authentic ITALIAN Dining BYO

Dine-In and Takeaway

Home Delivery for dinner only Lunch: Wednesday—Sunday: 11:30am-2.30pm Dinner: Tuesday—Sunday: 4:30pm-9pm Tuesday Pasta Special* $12 Pasta (excludes pasta with seafood) Wednesday (Hump Day) Special* $30 Select 2 x Pasta (excludes pasta with seafood) 1 x Garlic Bread 1 x 1.25 Drink Shop 7, 8 Hume Street, North Toowoomba Northlands Shopping Centre 07 45648380

Seniors: 10% Off all Seniors with Senior Card

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VIBRANT TASTES OF INDIA Ready for a young, vibrant and fresh taste of India? The focus has always been delicious restaurant-quality Indian meals cooked daily with fresh local ingredients to offer great value to our customers. 7 days a week 11.00am to 9.30pm. Open normal hours during XMAS & New Year. Miss India The Ridge Shopping World Shop 18/445 Hume St, Kearneys Spring (07) 4613 6453 missindia.menu

Let the smell of freshly baked goods invite you into this cheery corner store, a blend of boutique coffee and cake from the open plan kitchen, nestled amongst a trove of homewares, gifts and fashion styled around a cosy fireplace. Present this ad to receive a complimentary piece of cake with any coffee purchase. The Bungalow & Basket 400 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba 07 4564 9283 The Bungalow and Basket

COMPLIMENTARY ENTREE VOUCHER Enjoy a delicious bruschetta or garlic pizza with any pasta, pizza or salad purchase!* *Only one voucher per person. Not available with other discounts or special offers. Open 7 days, 11am - late (including public holidays)

Vapiano Margarita St, Toowoomba Grand Central Shopping Centre (07) 4526 7490 vapiano.com.au

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PICTURESQUE DINING We offer a range of delicious café and dining experiences every day, to suit every occasion, and face the picturesque and vast Queens Park. You can relax with friends alfresco, take a seat inside on our comfy lounge suites or around dining tables. We have a variety of delicious meals for breakfast and lunch to suit all tastes, and at night, you can enjoy a more intimate atmosphere for a memorable dining experience.

Park House Café 92 Margaret St, Toowoomba 07 4638 2211 info@parkhousecafe.com.au parkhousecafe.com.au

The Irish Club Hotel, located just two blocks from the heart of Toowoomba's CBD, has been the friendly meeting place for many over the years. Our iconic hotel boasts great food, great beer and of course, great Craic! Our Bistro is open 7 days for lunch from 12pm till 2pm and dinner from 6.00pm. You’re sure to find something to whet your appetite amongst the Irish favourites on our extensive menu. Why not enjoy a flutter in our Lucky Leprechaun Gaming Room. We have 10 of the latest Lightning Links and a total of 20 Gaming Machines for your playing pleasure. Slainte!

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The

Irish Club Hotel

“where atmosphere is everything”

80 Russell St TOOWOOMBA Ph: 07 4638 9770


Emeraude, located in the picturesque country hamlet of Hampton, is a short 30-minute drive north of Toowoomba. With a philosophy of supporting local farmers and producers, the extensive menus highlight the region’s freshest

seasonal produce, often changing on a weekly basis depending on availability. Breakfast features a range of sweet and savoury options, including favourites like Afghani Eggs — toasted Turkish bread, hummus, yoghurt dressing and dukkah, and the signature ‘Closer to the Clouds Board’. Lunch and dinner include options such as the Chacuterie Plate, Duck Leg and Fried Cauliflower with hummus, macadamia spiced seeds and garlic yoghurt. Emeraude offers diners the option to sit outside in the umbrella-shaded courtyard, along the veranda, or inside to admire the emerald green walls and exquisite floral wallpaper. Open from 9am until late on Thursday and Friday, 8am until late on Saturday and 8am to 3pm on Sunday, it is suggested diners call to make a booking. Emeraude 8616 New England Hwy, Hampton 07 4697 9008 emeraudehampton enquiries@emeraudebistro.com

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DINE IN RESTAURANT

ALL YOU CAN EAT *when this ad is mentioned. Normal price $12.95

DINE-IN TAKE AWAY or DELIVERY Give us a call for group bookings, birthdays and special occasions. *A surcharge of 10% applies on public holidays.

07 4635 8240 | pizzahut.com.au/dine-in-stores

BULL & BARLEY INN OLD-FASHIONED COUNTRY STYLE HOSPITALITY

• Situated in the quaint country town of Cambooya, 10 minutes from Toowoomba, on the Warwick Road. • Experience the authentic 1900s old world atmosphere • Lunch and dinner 7 days • The ultimate dining experience, delicious gourmet menu • Seriously good coffee, daily meal specials, take away meals & pizzas • Comfortable quality country style accommodation

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FAMOUS RUDD’S PUB • Restaurant open 7 days for lunch and dinner • Gluten-free meals available • Accommodation • Morning tea and lunch package deals available for bus groups • Available for Wedding and Private functions Bookings essential. Mine Hosts: Evan & Gayle Jones. Rudd’s Pub 45 Tooth Street, Nobby 07 4696 3211 www.ruddspub.com.au

Punjab Curry House offers the traditional recipes of Punjab in India. Our extensive menu has a number of exciting options such as Goat Curry, Prawn Masala, Goan Fish Curry, Chef Special Biryani, Rogan Josh and Tandoori Chicken, as well as delicious entrées, desserts and beverages. Call us now to book your order and we’ll deliver it to your front door! Deliveries close at 9pm. Punjab Curry House Shop 5, 182 Hume Street, East Toowoomba (07) 4638 8582 punjabcurryhouse.com.au

BREAKFAST & LUNCH IN CBD We proudly serve Toowoomba’s best Banh Mi rolls along with awesome seasonal salads, Fonzie Abbott Espresso and other sweet and savoury delights. Voted Toowoomba’s best Café and Hospitality Operator 2017 — Business Excellence Awards. Open for breakfast & lunch 7 days a week: Monday to Friday: 6.30am to 3pm Saturday & Sunday: 7am to 2pm The Finch Shop 2, 469 Ruthven St, Toowoomba (07) 4613 0159 thefinch.com.au

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TRADITIONAL INDIAN


ICONIC FINE DINING Fine dining in an iconic location, with a spectacular menu and wine list — and flawless service — keep locals and visitors returning to this Toowoomba restaurant. Attached to the iconic Empire Theatre and set beside picturesque gardens, Encores is perfect for special occasions and holiday experiences. This is a venue you’ll definitely want to include in your itinerary. Open for lunch: Tuesday to Friday. Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday.

Encores Restaurant at the Empire 56 Neil St, Toowoomba 07 4639 6900 encores.com.au

DESTINATION CAFE This gorgeous historic railway station has been lovingly transformed into a destination restaurant and cafe with great Australian cuisine and treats available all day. With free onsite parking and plenty of space for small or large groups you’ll love the dual old world charm and modern cuisine experience. Open: Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 3pm Wednesday to Friday and Saturday from 5pm

Inbound Brasserie Toowoomba Railway Station Railway St, Toowoomba 07 4631 3223 inboundtoowoomba.com.au

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Food & Wine

Open 7 Days | From 11am

Ph | (o7) 4631 3700 153 Margaret Street | Toowoomba www.fitzys.com

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YOUR ADVENTURE AS BRIDE & GROOM BEGINS

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BLANK SPACE answers the need for a versatile, central location to host Toowoomba's best gigs, festivals and parties. It truly is a blank space – with 814m2 of floor space to play with, we host everything from concerts to charity balls to birthday parties to food festivals and markets. We're constantly challenging the status quo, running with good ideas and collaborating with the city's best to deliver unique memories events we ourselves would love to go to. We are continuing to grow with the space and now are offering weddings as a major aspect of our venue. For Weddings and private events please contact us on info@blankspacetoowoomba.com

CREDITS: Styling - Blue Willow: Event Styling, Floristry & Hire Photography Emma Hampton Photography

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The Mills Precinct 251-291 Ruthven St, Toowoomba


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rom relaxing with a beer to enjoying great food or dancing the night away, The Spotted Cow’s warm and friendly atmosphere has something for everyone’s tastes. Located just north of Toowoomba’s CBD on the corner of Ruthven and Campbell Streets, The Spotted Cow is the perfect place for locals and tourists alike to drop on by.

296 Ruthven St, Toowoomba (07) 4639 3264 www.spottedcow.com.au

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Shopping For boutique shopping and unique stores, a leisurely stroll along Ruthven and Margaret streets in the CBD will reveal a treasure trove. For more unique shopping, a visit to Highfields will hit the mark with the crafty Danish Flower Art, artsy Village Green, and quaint Abbey Lane and Jacaranda House. (Oh, and the Chocolate Cottage!) Smaller shopping centres around Toowoomba offer both main-street stores and some hidden gems. Try High Street Plaza, Westridge Shopping Centre, or The Range Shopping Centre. For your home-making needs, try the Bernoth Centre or the Homemakers Centre. And we haven’t touched on our farmers’ markets yet, offering handmade goodies and glorious fresh produce, directly from the farm gate. Make these a must do, on your list!

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If you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy, Toowoomba is home to some of the most spectacular shopping in Queensland. Grand Central Shopping Centre recently underwent expansion and refurbishment, making this one of the finest centres in Queensland for shopping, dining and a movie complex too.


If you’ve never considered shopping a legitimate workout, then you haven’t experienced our Toowoomba inner-city get about. No need for pesky transport; just comfy shoes, willing legs and an optimistic credit card. You’ll be covering a bit of mileage so, like all good exercise programs, we’ve ensured you’re regularly fed and watered.

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Bunker Records An independent record store housing all your favourite retro vinyl. Smoke and Mirrors (around the corner in Ruthven Street) Drop into this local boutique to update your wardrobe with gorgeous pieces for all occasions. Neo Tokyo (past the intersection) Anime and manga everything. Cross over Margaret St and make your way up Duggan Street: Australia Arcade Home to high-end clothing boutiques Florence & Marabel, Fox & Willow and Oriri. It’s like discovering a hidden oasis. Turn right at end of Australia Arcade on Ruthven Street: Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery & Shop All works are for sale and the gallery shop has enough gift ideas for even the most difficult secret Santa.

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Chronicle Arcade Cute and quaint best describes this 1920s piece of history.

Shop till you Drop

GPO Bar and Café – 140 Margaret Street Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all. Fuel up from their hearty breakfast menu, topped off with a Campo’s coffee. Pop into the following along Margaret Street after breakfast:

Full Of Life Organics Wholefoods Café Pull up a stool alfresco, enjoy a caffeine hit or cold pressed juice and stretch out those limbs ready for the next leg. Continue down Ruthven Street to: The Book Tree With over 10,000 titles in store, we wish you luck leaving empty handed. Go left at Margaret St until you reach Grand Central Shopping Centre. Grand Central Shopping Centre 80 fashion and beauty retailers, including H&M and Country Road, major stores Myer, Kmart and Target spill out over three epic levels. Grand Central Shopping Centre Dining Ok, we can all agree you’ve earned this. With choices such as Betty’s Burgers, Schnitz, Noodle Hut and Sushi Machi, it’s time to take a load off, and replenish those countless calories expended in your shopping flurry.

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20% OFF STOREWIDE The destination for on-trend, affordable outfits, with new stock arriving each week! T&C’s apply. Valid to full price and sale stock until Thursday 31 May 2018. Must present this coupon to redeem discount. Not valid with any other discounted offer. Excludes sunglasses. Ally Fashion Toowoomba Shop 2064, Grand Central Toowoomba, Cnr Dent & Margaret Sts, Toowoomba City 07 4602 0178 allyfashion.com

UNIQUE CHILDREN’S WEAR Looking for something different? We offer hand-selected clothing, gifts and accessories you don’t get in the big department stores. Our speciality is Formal Wear for babies and children, e.g. christening, wedding or photo shoot. Let us help you choose an outfit for that special occasion or a gift for a baby shower, newborn or birthday. Suite 8 The Chronicle Arcade 191 Margaret Street, Toowoomba (07) 4638 3319 3littlemonkeys.com.au 3littlemonkeys

SEW AMAZINGLY CREATIVE MK’s Sew-Able specialises in everything you need to assist your sewing/quilting creativity. Be inspired by our large range of Patchwork and Batik Fabric. See us for PFAFF Machines Sales and Services • Patterns • Patch Work • Quilting • Workshops Hours of Trade: Tuesday 9am to 4pm Saturday 9am to 1pm MK’s Sew-able 16 Prescott Street, Toowoomba 07 4638 8288 info@sewable.com.au sewable.com.au

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Shane Daniells

Josh Ragh

Business struggling to grow? Not any more. Get the IT you want, when you need it, for less cost and more speed. Toowoomba is attracting a massive influx in business infrastructure and opportunities, but there’s been a shortfall in supply catching up.

tailoring personalised solutions for them, faster, easier, cheaper, and locally — their own on-going account manager, so to speak.

It’s been a struggle for growing businesses to be able to get what they need locally to make the most of those opportunities.

If we don’t have what they need immediately in stock, we’ll source it. Our aim is to allow each business operator to stay focussed on their day-to-day business, while we do all the hard work behind the scenes. It will be a streamlining action for both parties.

Our new Corporate IT Team has been developed to solve that frustration. It’s something new for the region, new for us, and we believe a major windfall for many businesses. Business proprietors now have full access to a Commercial Computer team dedicated to

TOOWOOMBA

This is especially good for visitors, looking to do presentations or investment opportunities, brokering deals or networking. To find out more, call Josh or Shane.

COMPUTERS COMMERCIAL

910-932 Ruthven St 4636 7300 harveynorman.com.au

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RUSTIC COUNTRY SHOPPING An exciting addition to “the things to do and see at Bunnyconnellen” is a visit to the amazing and unique shop The Store@ Bunnyconnellen. A wide range of gifts, soft furnishings and accessories will delight the most discerning shoppers. Come in and browse while your lunchtime platter is being prepared. Open weekends 10 to 4 or by appointment.

Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard 286 Swain Road, Crows Nest 07 4697 9555 bunnyconnellen.com.au

Get a New Look for Less at a Lifeline ‘Clothing Super Store” You will be amazed at what you will find! See us at: 1 Emporium Vintage & Bookshop, 302 Ruthven St, Toowoomba 2 Herries St Superstore / Furniture & Collectables 256 Herries St, Toowoomba 3 Never Ending Stories Bookshop & Range Boutique Shop, 11 James St, Toowoomba 4 Perth St Shop, 187a Perth St, Toowoomba 5 Smart Tip Shop, O’Mara Road, Wellcamp 6 Anzac Avenue Shop, Cnr Anzac Av & Boothby St, Toowoomba 7 Wilsonton Shop, Cnr Bridge St & Richmond Dr, Toowoomba 8 Wyalla Shop, 238a Taylor Street, Toowoomba

Ph: 1300 991 443

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Find us both on ‘THE VILLAGE GREEN’, Highfields

Treat your home to beautiful décor, lighting or find the perfect gift... Furniture offering all styles 

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Shop 2 ‘The Village Green’ 10475 New England Hwy, Highfields • 07 4615 4480

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SHOES • CLOTHING • HANDBAGS • HATS • JEWELLERY

Open 6 Days • Closed Tuesdays ‘The Village Green’ HIGHFIELDS • 10475 New England Highway info@mccartneyandcreed.com.au • www.mccartneyandcreed.com.au • 4615 5803

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Everything starts somewhere, and here in the Darling Downs we pride ourselves on our local farmers, growers, producers and artisans who utilise the best of our natural resources to provide a quality product. There’s nothing like purchasing goods straight from the source. Whether it be directly from the farm, or one of our farmers’ markets, you’ll experience local seasonal produce all year round.

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Banyard Game Birds From incubation to your plate, and everything in between, this small Pittsworth enterprise’s motto is food with integrity. Supplying to local butchers and restaurants, farm gate sales are also readily organised. Ever tried a pickled quail egg? Well, now you can. Choice Urban Farms If ever there was a flower that screamed “smile”, it would have to be the stunning sunflower. Choice Urban Farms have no doubt created the happiest farm in the region then, with their recently launched sunflower farm. These tall rays of sunshine can be found in many cafes and markets around Toowoomba. My Local Feast Farmers’ Markets Hosting not one, but two weekly markets, My Local Feast Farmers’ Markets ensure your fresh local produce needs are met regularly. Located in the quaint Empire Theatre grounds and Cobb+Co Museum grounds every Thursday and Saturday respectively, don’t forget the heavy-duty shopping bags. We did warn you.

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Hampton Blue Hampton Blue’s family-run orchard has been growing organic berries for over 30 years. Blueberries, when in season, are available at various markets.

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Macbeth Farms Family owned and operated, Macbeth Farms produces top-quality ruby red rhubarb on their farm in quiet, picturesque Cabarlah. Rhubarb is for sale at their roadside produce stall. Many repeat customers continually purchase the fresh rhubarb at a very reasonable price.

Cabarlah Markets Held on the last Sunday of every month in the Cabarlah Sports Grounds, these markets provide that leisurely “I’m not looking for anything in particular, oh look there’s a cup that would replace the one missing from my 1950s dinner set” vibe. An eclectic mix of produce, arts and crafts, trash and treasure, plants… Need we go on? PCYC Markets You know something’s a hit when it’s been running for over 20 years with no signs of slowing down. The PCYC Markets, held every Sunday, have become another Toowoomba institution with locals making the weekly pilgrimage for all manner of produce, bric-a-brac and more.

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SKINNYS SOUVENIR SPECIALISTS Australia’s leading UGG Boots, Sheepskin and Souvenir Specialists - at great prices. • Souvenirs - huge range • UGG Boots - 60 styles, up to 10 colours • Sheepskin Rugs - longwool, baby & medical • Sheepskin Seat Covers - off the shelf & tailor made, premium, quality, washable, 25mm • Cow hides & kangaroo skins • Leather hats Skinnys 200 Herries Street, Toowoomba 07 4659 5500 skinnys.com.au

HOME AND GARDEN DECOR Excellent value-for-money decor ideas, plus solid modern and retro furniture for your home, patio, and garden. You’ll love the HIGH QUALITY, ENORMOUS RANGE, LOW PRICES, and our good old-fashioned service. We also sell storage solutions, plus beds & mattresses (all sizes and qualities), cane and garden furniture, wall art, gift lines, mirrors, carpet and vinyl. Fiveways New & Used Furniture 161-165 Jellicoe Street, Toowoomba 07 4632 7069 fivewaysfurniture.com.au

FRESH FRUIT, VEGIES AND MORE Running for over 20 years, this is one of the most affordable markets with a great variety of fresh fruit and veggies, plants, and heaps of bric-a-brac, arts and crafts. Easy parking on street and free in the large car park at the rear, accessed from Herries Street. Every Sunday: from 7am to 12.30pm. PCYC Markets 219A James St, Toowoomba 0419 786 455 PCYC Markets

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HANNAS TOOWOOMBA

a Unique g n i p p o h S e c n e i r e p Ex Mens • Womens • Childrens • Clothing & Footwear

Personalised Service | Stocking brands you know | Quality you can trust Prices you can afford

Over 250 of your favourite Australian and International brands under one roof

HANNAS

TOOWOOMBA 563-569 RUTHVEN STREET, TOOWOOMBA | 07 4632 2099 sales@hannastoowoomba.com | www.hannastoowoomba.com Coffee Shop upstairs | Free customer carpark behind store in Jubb Street Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri: 8:35am – 5:15pm | Thurs: 8:35am – 8:00pm | Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

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Look what you can do with stone

J.H. Wagner & Sons ~Master Stone Masons ~ manufacturing and supplying all your stone needs in Helidon Sandstone, Granite, Basalt, Porphyry and Marble ~ established in 1896. Visit our extensive displays at 449 South St Toowoomba & 10 Bronze St Sumner Park Brisbane

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STONE IS FOREVER Established in 1896 by John Henry Wagner primarily as a specialist provider of Australian Helidon Sandstone, Granite, Basalt, Porphyry and Marble products and services, the company JH Wagner & Sons is still owned and operated by the Wagner Family. The advanced manufacturing facility in Toowoomba, large Sandstone Quarry at Helidon and the Brisbane office and distribution centre are managed by fourth generation family members, working alongside the fifth generation who are currently honing their skills in the ancient trade of Stone Masonry. Together this wealth of experience still upholds strong values of personalised service, quality supply and dedicated promotion of natural stone. Monumental works with stone etching remain a traditional focus of our company, but the range and scope of what we do is limited only by your imagination. We welcome your enquiry for stone sourcing, stone quarrying, stone processing, fine detailing, stone carving, all facets of stone working, stone restoration, installation and consultation.

Toowoomba Head Office (07) 4634 7422 Brisbane Office (07) 3279 5226 www.jhwagner.com.au

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There ain’t no shame to our thrift shop game in the Toowoomba region! With dozens of antique, op shop and vintage stores, you’ll find new old things to love at every turn in this journey of shopping discovery. Perfect for those who appreciate the finer things of days past or who can’t resist a bargain, this trail is different every time — who knows what you’ll discover. Use the #visitdarlingdowns and let us see your finds!

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Orphans & Widows Op Shop — 28 Russell Street, Toowoomba Another great ethical and shopping choice, this op shop is a local favourite. With sections for clothes/shoes/decor/homewares and jewelry you can rummage to your thrifty hearts content. Be sure to check out the back section where everything is $3. Everything! Recollections Boutique — 261 Margaret Street, Toowoomba If designer threads are your style but big price tags aren’t, make sure you stop by this one. High fashion at low prices and all great quality will keep you and your wallet happy. Swing by one of the many cafes downtown on your way to the next stop and grab some lunch, check the bank account, be delighted at your bargain shopping results and carry on.

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Lifeline Emporium & Vintage Wardrobe — 302 Ruthven St, Toowoomba Two levels of op-shopping goodness, encompassing a dedicated vintage clothes space, with all purchases going to a worthy charity — it’s almost unethical not to shop here. Be sure to check the designer racks for some unbelievable bargains! Stop in at Milk & Honey behind Lifeline Emporium for a pick-me-up coffee and delicious pastry treat before heading on.

Antiques, Preloved & Op Shops

Lancaster’s Toowoomba Antique Centre — 3 Railway St, Toowoomba Surrounded by a range of great breakfast options, this is the perfect place to start your day of vintage adventure. With 14 different dealers in one space offering items from the 1760s to 1960s you’ll be transported through time here — there’s no telling when you’ll emerge!

Range Antiques — 1 Burke Street, East Toowoomba This couple travel to the United Kingdom twice a year to source rare and special items, always ensuring a visit to this beautiful store is worthwhile and unique. One Of A Kind — 176 James Street, Toowoomba Head west along James Street and you’ll find this gem of a store. Another great excuse to support charity and score yourself some gorgeous decor, vintage clothes, toys and accessories plus heaps more.

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Where to Stay Camping in the Darling Downs is a great way to explore the region. Set up your own campsite or kick back and go ‘glamping’ in self-contained tents. Bring the caravan along and park it at one of the several motor villages and caravan parks in the city. Most holiday parks include camping sites and cabins alongside sites for caravans. If staying in rooms or apartments are more your thing, Toowoomba plays host to many hotels and motels — from budget stays to 4.5-star experiences. Historic, traditional Queenslander properties with spacious verandas are available, or you can relax in modern, self-contained villas set amongst acres of bush. Whether you’re on a couple’s weekend away, family vacation or with a group booking, you can be sure you’ll find something you’ll love.

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Big skies, far horizons and unspoilt natural wonders will be the backdrop to a stay in the Darling Downs, a region known and loved for its wide, open spaces. From farm stays, cottages and country pubs to chic boutique hotels and motels, we’ve got your relaxing escape covered.


COSY CABIN IN THE WOODS The quintessential rustic cabin in the woods — a relaxing, romantic and private getaway in the Ravensbourne rainforest region. A continental breakfast basket welcomes you so you can whip up pancakes, cereal, fruit and fresh coffee to enjoy while relaxing on the rainforest deck. Perfect for nature lovers and photographers. Hazelmont Cottage 3468 Esk Hampton Road, Ravensbourne 0418 183 050 bookings@hazelmontcottage.com.au hazelmontcottage.com.au

AT THE HEART OF HIGHFIELDS Homewood Cottages are situated in the heart of Highfields 10km north of Toowoomba. Our cottages are perfect for a relaxing or romantic getaway featuring brass bed, fireplace and spa bath. Surrounded by terraced gardens and bordering onto a beautiful arboretum. Homewood Cottages 11 Cawdor Road, Highfields 0459 686 239 stay@homewoodcottages.com.au homewoodcottages.com.au

AUSTRALIA’S MOST ACCOMMODATING The Garden City Motor Inn boasts a range of guest services, complementary wireless internet access and Foxtel, and facilities including a saltwater swimming pool and barbeque area, all within an intimate setting. A fully cooked or continental breakfast can be delivered to your room. We also have off-street parking for trucks, trailers and buses. Garden City Motor Inn 718 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba 07 4635 5377 07 4636 1731

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Accommodation

54 Luxurious Rooms • Bar & Restaurant Complimentary Drink on Arrival

For a premier stay in Toowoomba, you simply cannot surpass the quality inclusions and superior feel of Potters Boutique Hotel. Nestled in the ever expanding garden city’s CBD, the Hotel is a stones throw to the newly refurbished Grand Central Shopping Centre.

Free WiFi Free Parking Foxtel

258 Margaret Street, Toowoomba • Phone: 07 4670 9488 stay@potterstoowoomba.com.au • www.pottershoteltoowoomba.com.au

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l a h e r o me! a n i y a d i l o H

2 four-bedroom Houses Middle Ridge & Rangeville Each sleeps 8 guests Conveniently located close to a number of large suburban shopping centres and restaurants, the houses have main bedrooms with queen bed and ensuite, second bedroom with queen bed and third and fourth bedrooms each with two single beds. Family bathroom has bath and shower and additional separate toilet. The houses are fully furnished with all linen and towels provided. Both properties have 2 separate living areas. Laundries and kitchens are fully equipped. Backyards are fully fenced for child safety. Large covered pergolas with gas BBQ are adjacent to the rumpus room in each house. Pricing from $175 per night

Chris Rose: 0418 727 194 | chrisandjuel@gmail.com | www.toowoombashorttermrentals.net

Crows Nest MOTEL

Modern, Spacious, Clean, Quiet, Comfortable Rooms 7547 New England Highway, Crows Nest, QLD Bookings: 07 4698 1399 • Online: www.crowsnestmotel.com.au Email: cnmotel@bigpond.net.au

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Pure Land Guest House — built in 1870 — is located in the heart of Toowoomba’s oldest suburb, famous for the city’s oldest homes in quiet tree-lined streets, and is conveniently just a pleasant stroll from the city. We offer a quiet environment where you can enjoy the beautiful garden, free parking and free internet. Recently renovated, it still retains all the traditional century old Australian charms — wide verandahs, high ceilings and fireplace. Pure Land Guest House’s elegant and classic decor creates a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, instantly make you feel at home. Pure Land Guest House has a range of bedrooms, large common living room, kitchen and laundry room, ideal for short or extended stays. Its the perfect base to explore Toowoomba and its beautiful places at your own pace, and we recommend renting a bike as the best choice.

Accommodation

Pure Land Guest House

Pure Land Guest House 11 Boulton Terrace, Toowoomba 07 4638 4964 purelandmotel@gmail.com www.purelandguesthouse.com

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BUNNYCONNELLEN B&B Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard Bed’n’Breakfast studio is an old farm building charmingly renovated, and is set in tranquil gardens in the high country north of Toowoomba. Come and enjoy the view and a little seclusion, tranquillity and, more importantly, take time to recharge life’s batteries. Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard 286 Swain Road, Crows Nest 07 4697 9555 bunnyconnellen.com.au

QUIET, EASTSIDE HAVEN A quiet haven for your next visit to Toowoomba. The East Toowoomba location is away from highway noise but close to premier attractions such as Queens Park, the Botanic Gardens, Picnic Point and the Cobb+Co Museum. Owners Tony and Helen Heckendorf extend a warm greeting to all their guests and provide great “country style” hospitality at an economical room rate. Motel Glenworth 1 Margaret Street, Toowoomba (07) 4638 1799 bookings@motelglenworth.com.au motelglenworth.com.au

MOST CONVENIENT LOCATION Whiteoaks, a long established family owned Toowoomba landmark offers motel accommodation in queen executive rooms or queen and single rooms along with fully selfcontained lodges accommodating six guests. Whiteoaks is located close to the CBD, Cobb+Co Museum and Queens Park Botanical Gardens. Whiteoaks Motel & Lodge 12 Margaret Street, Toowoomba 07 4639 2999 w.oaks@bigpond.net.au www.whiteoaks.com.au

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WHERE FRIENDS COME TO MEET Located in the centre of Pittsworth Queensland, we offer excellent service, country hospitality and an inviting atmosphere. Come enjoy the facilities of a modern hotel: • Bistro open: lunch and dinner 7 days • 9 motel units for overnight or longer stay • TAB & Keno facilities • Golden Brick Gaming Lounge • Drive-through

MOTEL, BAR & RESTAURANT Set amongst landscaped gardens and situated on the southside of Toowoomba, with inground pool and undercover parking at your door, we are your ideal stay. 51 room motel features: • “Chrysdals” licensed bar & restaurant • Deluxe & standard rooms • Suites with spa baths & 2 bdm family units • 16 free Foxtel channels • Free WiFi • Room service breakfast daily • Conference facilities

Glenfield

Comfort Inn Glenfield Motel 876 Ruthven St, Kearneys Spring 1800 463 544 Reservations stay@comfortinnglenfield.com.au comfortinnglenfield.com.au

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Pittsworth Hotel Motel 114 Yandilla Street, Pittsworth (07) 4693 1999 admin@pittsworthhotelmotel.com pittsworthhotelmotel.com


LANDMARK OLD WORLD CHARM Newly fully renovated 4.5-star Burke & Wills Hotel combines old-school extravagance and service with just the right measure of modernity to offer our guests the most luxurious accommodation in the Darling Downs region. Whether you’re staying for business or pleasure, you’ll be sure to appreciate the facilities on offer. Burke & Wills Hotel 554 Ruthven St, Toowoomba 07 4632 2433 burkeandwillshotel.com.au

PRIVACY AND SPACE Set over an acre of landcaped gardens, all apartments have full kitchen with dishwasher, separate lounge/dining, flat-screen television with Platimum FOXTEL package, WIFI reverse cycle air-conditioning, individual laundry, lock-up garage with remote control, private courtyard, along with weekly servicing. We are well located, halfway between Grand Central and the University. Annand Mews Serviced Apartments 53 Drayton Road, Toowoomba 07 4636 5368 annandmews.com.au

QUIET COUNTRY MOTOR INN Quiet country setting, clean and comfortable aircon motel rooms with semi-selfcontained kitchen and undercover parking — discounted weekly rates for 5 or more nights — pet friendly. Lunch & dinner Monday to Saturday from $11.95. Home-made pizza available everyday from 10am. • Gaming room & keno • Karaoke 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month • Beer garden and outside deck.

Gowrie Hotel Motor Inn 6-12 Kingsthorpe Haden Rd, Kingsthorpe (07) 4630 0277 Gowrie Hotel Motor Inn

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Welcome to Quest Toowoomba!

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e are an award-winning Apartment Hotel with incredible awardwinning staff, perfectly located in the heart of picturesque Toowoomba City. At Quest Toowoomba, you can expect to be looked after as our own — we are a family-run business with the support of an international brand. We cater for your short and long term accommodation requirements, as well as meetings, events, group and conference needs. Our Studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments boast high-quality furniture and fittings, some with breathtaking views over the iconic Queens Park. We are committed to being the very BEST accommodation provider in our beautiful region. Our family looks forward to welcoming you when you’re next in town. Cynthia Rice, Jenny and Tony O’Reilly

We invite you to use promo code DARL on our website to access your special rate with us.

133 Margaret St, Toowoomba QLD 4350 | Tel: 07 4690 2222 | questtoowoomba.com.au | questtoowoomba@questapartments.com.au

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The Toowoomba region encompasses so much more than Toowoomba itself. Stunning natural wonders await for explorers, adventurers, photographers and leisurely day-trippers. Take a country meander to discover the galleries, museums, markets, vineyards and fine foods across the Darling Downs.

Highfields, Crows Nest, Hampton and Ravensbourne are popular for the lovely scenery, galleries, quaint shops and history. No trip to Hampton area is complete without a stop at Emeraude. Enjoy a day out at Highfields Pioneer Village which includes a 21-building miniature historical village, old school house, or go to Crows Nest Museum and Historical Village. Jondaryan offers the historic woolshed, while the small town of Nobby is home to Rudds Pub — where Steele Rudd is said to have written his Australian classic ‘Dad and Dave’ stories. Enjoy a leisurely country drive and wind up at Cambooya’s famous Bull and Barley Inn for lunch or dinner — or just enjoy the inn’s colonial style. Tickle your taste buds, explore local history, hike through nature’s beautiful parklands or just escape and enjoy the tranquillity of wide open spaces.

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You might be in for a treat if you’re visiting during summer time when fields of magnificent sunflowers are in bloom. Sunflowers usually bloom from December to February, but can be early or late depending on the weather. Best to check with Visitor Information Centres for details on when and where, and please be very careful and respectful of farmers’ crops.


Need an escape to the country? Get your driving playlist cued and become acquainted with a region bursting with lush green vistas. Higher in altitude than Toowoomba, with a rich food production culture, you’re in for a day of all things beautiful and delicious. We can’t promise you’ll want to leave. Did you know: Hampton is home to the famous Hampton Festival showcasing seasonal produce from over 60 regional restaurants, wineries and market stalls.

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Nest Cafe & Art Galleries — 4 Charlotte Street, Crows Nest Stop into this cute cafe for a generous country lunch and top up coffee. Next walk off lunch as you stroll down the street to the Crows Nest Community Arts and Crafts and explore a wealth of local creations before continuing around the corner to the Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery. We’re sure you’ll leave with a piece of Crows Nest’s creative produce with you. Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard — 286 Swain Road A cellar door experience set amongst a serene picturesque backdrop. Sample homegrown olives, tapenades, and wine on a seasonal platter and take a break to take in the beauty and reward yourself for a day of cultural experiences. Don’t forget to pick a designated driver! Open 10 to 4 on Saturday and Sundays. Salts Antiques — 1 Thallon Street, Crows Nest Back at Crows Nest, lose yourself and possibly anyone you’re with, in Salts antique wonderland. Expect many trips down memory lane. Emeraude Bistro — 8616 New England Highway Ever been to a micro region eatery? Well tick this off your bucket list. A restaurant that sources all local fresh ingredients to create a delectable menu. Check out their Instagram feed @emeraude_hampton if you’re into kaleidoscopes of culinary splendour. Breakfast, lunch or dinner here is a must do. Open: Thursday and Friday 9am to late, Saturday 8am to late and Sunday 8am to 3pm.

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Hampton Visitor Information Centre — Cnr New England Highway & Esk-Hampton Road Soak up the old world charm of the historic cottage which is now home to the visitor centre as you say hi to the friendly locals and check in with what’s happening in the region. There’s even local produce on offer, and your journey’s barely begun. Tip: For coffee,cake and snack supplies, Hampton Store (50m north) from the Visitor Centre has you covered.

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Tourism and Events Queensland

Sleep It Off... After a day full of adventures and fine food you’ll want nothing more than to collapse into a comfy bed in gorgeous surroundings. Fortunately we have a number of perfect options close by: • Ravensbourne Escape (Ravensbourne) • Cloudlake Mountain Retreat (Ravensbourne) • Hazelmont Cottage (Ravensbourne) • Pechey Homestead (Pechey) • 17 Mile Cottage (Ravensbourne) Just remember to book first!

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AUSTRALIAN BUSH RETREAT Nestled amongst 400 acres of Australian bush, right on the doorstep of the Girraween National Park, a stone’s throw from awardwinning wineries and restaurants, you can relax and unwind in your private, selfcontained, 4-star rated chalet. With landline, TV, 400+DVD library but no reception, you can truly leave the world behind in a true haven retreat. Girraween Environmental Lodge Pyramids Road, Ballandean (07) 4684 5138 girraweenlodge.com.au

LUXURY GETAWAY Treat yourself, friends or family to a beautiful private park-like escape overlooking misty valleys and rainforest just 35 minutes from Toowoomba. 10 individual luxury houses, 1-3 bedrooms, log fires in winter, spa, sauna and veranda views. Walk to our on-site café bar/ restaurant for drinks and home-cooked meals. Explore National Parks and visit lakes nearby. Ravensbourne Escape 3143 Esk-Hampton Rd, Ravensbourne, 07 4697 8092 info@ravensbourneescape.com.au ravensbourneescape.com.au

TAILOR-MADE TOURS Timbuktours takes the hassle out of public transport and those hard-to-get places by offering a private door-to-door service for one to four people and taking them wherever they like or need to go. Timbuktours can be tailor-made to suit all your requirements, and offers a private and flexible service not available with other forms of public transport. Timbuktours 0447 904 691 / 0746 130 616 timbuktours.com.au

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FAMILY FUN BUSH CAMPING A picturesque camp ground offering powered, non-powered and remote camping on large sites within an amazing natural bush setting. Explore the bush and the meandering creek, have a BBQ, cook up a damper, and try the many fun adventure activities — like the ropes course, archery, abseiling, and 235m flying fox. Only 30 minutes from Toowoomba. Murphy’s Creek Escape 356 Thomas Road, Murphy’s Creek (07) 4630 5353 admin@murphyscreekescape.com.au murphyscreekescape.com.au

LIVING RAILWAY HISTORY Over 150 years of railway history. Beautiful landscaped gardens are a delight any day of the year, and bursting with colours of spring for Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in September.

Check café opening times on Facebook. Spring Bluff Railway Station McCormack Drive, Spring Bluff 07 4688 6883 springbluff.com.au

WHERE OUTBACK MEETS SKY MILLMERRAN — Home of the Australian Camp Oven Festival. Escape your every day and slowdown in Millmerran. Explore and enjoy our friendly welcoming town. From murals depicting our history to natural lava rock formations, from our historic museum to quiet picnic areas where you can feel the silence. A short 90-kilometre drive from Toowoomba, Millmerran is the place to visit, explore and experience blue skies and distant horizons. Millmerran Commerce millmerrancommerce.com

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Picnic in the grounds or enjoy coffee and treats at Spring Bluff Café. Grounds open every day with free BBQs.


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THE BUNYA MOUNTAINS

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The Bunya Mountains is a spectacular wilderness range that rises dramatically from the Western Downs plains. Whether you are after action and fun or rest and relaxation, the ‘Bunyas’ has lots to offer families, couples and groups.

forests, woodlands and subtropical rainforest. It is home to about 215 species of birds and many mammals, frogs and reptiles. The local wallabies and brightlycoloured parrots are popular visitors to the public picnic areas.

Getting to the national park is part of the adventure as you wind through picturesque farmland and quaint country towns. It is a scenic 90-minute drive northwest of Toowoomba, which makes it an easy day trip or short stay.

At 1100 metres, the Bunya Mountains offers a cool reprieve with temperatures up to seven degrees cooler than the surrounding plains. Its climate, many walking tracks, spectacular mountain scenery and abundant wildlife, make the park a serious drawcard for hikers, photographers, nature lovers and people wishing to escape the heat and hustle of the city.

If you draw a line between Dalby, Crows Nest and Kingaroy, the Bunya Mountains is the green island in the centre, providing a refuge for ancient plants and native animals. Many people are surprised to learn it is the second oldest national park in Queensland, but it’s real roots are much older than that. This natural wonderland was formed about 30 million years ago and shelters the largest forest of ancient bunya pines Araucaria bidwillii in the world today. Generations of Aboriginal people would travel long distances for feasts and celebrations that coincided with mass crops of bunya ‘nuts’. The national park is an interesting mix of eucalypt

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Visitors are well catered for with numerous styles of accommodation from camping sites and motel units to mountain chalets and luxury holiday homes. In the local village,there are cafes, a restaurant, general store, gift shop, bottle shop and Australia’s highest whisky bar. For local produce and handmade arts and crafts, the Bunya Mountains Markets are held the last Sunday of every month. So, if you are someone who is yet to discover the Bunya Mountains, what are you waiting for?


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HUNTING DINOSAURS Located in Western Queensland, the Eromanga Natural History Museum is home to Australia’s Largest Dinosaur ‘Cooper’, as well as a variety of other scientifically important fossils. Open for 4 tours daily: 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. There is sure to be something to inspire all ages. Eromanga Natural History Museum 1 Dinosaur Drive, Eromanga (07) 4656 3084 enhm.com.au

1 HOUR HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT Experience the magical sensation and adventure of ballooning. 1 Hour Flight over Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside, restaurant breakfast and flight certificate. Located 1 hour drive east of the Toowoomba CBD. For “the flight of your life” call or book online for flights, gift voucher or accommodation packages.

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights 07 3294 8770 bookings@floatingimages.com.au floatingimages.com.au floatingimagesballooning Royal Bull’s Head Inn - Historic Landmark Only minutes from the heart of Toowoomba, visiting Royal Bull’s Head Inn is like entering through a doorway into the early days of settlement on the Darling Downs. Explore the nineteenthcentury inn established by an enterprising ex-convict. Featuring multiple outbuildings, artefacts, and original garden layouts that have been conserved offering plenty of history including its dark side with its now famous Ghostly Tales Guided Night Tours which are a must! Open the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 4pm Small entry fees apply to the general public National Trust members - free

Royal Bull’s Head Inn 59 Brisbane Street, Drayton QLD 4350 07 4637 2278 | toowoomba@nationaltrustqld.org nationaltrust.org.au/qld

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NATIONAL TRUST


A unique farm stay with resort style accommodation For couples, families, and large groups ~ 72 acres of pristine bush. Enjoy: bushwalking, campfire nights, feeding farm animals, bird & wildlife watching, exploring the natural gorge... Central location to 4 national parks within 15 – 50 minutes drive, 2 Wineries, Horse riding, Folk and Art Museum, etc. 40 minutes from Toowoomba. Dog friendly / Disabled facilities.

The Southern Downs Steam Railway Association Inc (SDSR) is a volunteer, not-for-profit tourist heritage steam railway. Formed in 1996, the SDSR has been operating on Queensland Rail main lines in the heart of the picturesque Southern Darling Downs and Granite Belt Regions of Southern Queensland since 2009. The lines run on include: • Southern Line - South to Stanthorpe & Wallangarra, and North to Hendon, Clifton & Toowoomba. • South Western Line - West to Inglewood, Goondiwindi and Toobeah. With a focus on people “experiencing the magic of steam on the Southern Downs”, SDSR offers train journeys to meet most tastes. From short family journeys to Hendon

and Clifton, to the full day out retracing to Sydney Mail run to Wallangarra, SDSR’s journeys are all different, unique, and steeped with a touch of magic. Why don’t you join the magic today? The SDSR has its home at the Warwick Railway Precinct (WRP). The WRP is normally open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm and other times by appointment. We suggest you contact us to confirm opening hours, or make an appointment, so that SDSR can organise a tour guide for you.

SOUTHERN DOWNS STEAM RAILWAY

Corner Hamilton & Fitzoy Streets | PO Box 928 | WARWICK QLD 4370 Telephone: (07) 4661 9788 | Email: enquiries@southerndownssteamrailway.com.au www.southerndownssteamrailway.com.au | Find us on facebook

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6065 New England H’way, Glenaven Ph: 0476 194 848 (Peter) 0448 457 517 (Thuy) info@tweeters.com.au www.tweeters.com.au


Cold beer and warm country style hospitality, that’s definitely what you get on a Country Pub’s tour of the Darling Downs. Check out these great watering holes where you can pull up a stool at the bar and enjoy a hearty meal. Many of the rustic old pubs listed in our guide are steeped in history, so look for memorabilia on the walls to find out fascinating things about each one on your journey… Oh and choose a designated driver because you’re sure to enjoy a beer or two.

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The Spotted Cow Hotel — Toowoomba It wouldn’t be a visit to Toowoomba without a stopover at the famed Spotted Cow Hotel. Renowned for stocking a large variety of local and international craft beers, The Spotted Cow has also put Toowoomba on the map by hosting some pretty awesome festivals celebrating all things beer. Tip: Ask for a tasting paddle to try a sample of several different beers. Address: 296 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba – www.spottedcow.com.au

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The Bull & Barley Inn — Cambooya A scenic 20-minute drive down the road and you will stumble across the famous Bull & Barley Inn. This two storey, fully restored colonial-style hotel oozes character and early 1900s grandeur. Enjoy a drink or two on the back veranda that boasts stunning views across the Darling Downs. Country style meals are available 7 days week and there is even accommodation upstairs if you choose to stay the night. Address: 61 Eton Street, Cambooya – www.bullandbarleyinn.com.au

Classic Country Pubs

Rudd’s Pub — Nobby Qld Take a step back in time when you visit historic Rudd’s Pub, just a short 35km drive from Toowoomba. Immerse yourself in tales of time past in the Heritage Lounge where folklore says that Steele Rudd sat while writing his famous “Dad & Dave” stories. Memorabilia adorns the walls and even the ceiling of this iconic old pub, a great place to enjoy a yarn and a cold ale. Tip: Free camping for caravans and motorhomes across the road. Address: 45 Tooth Street, Nobby – www.ruddspub.com.au

The Meringandan Hotel — Meringandan Size does matter when you are talking steak and the Meringandan Hotel, 20 minutes from the heart of Toowoomba, is famous Australia-wide for serving up the biggest and the best steaks around. There’s a beer garden out the back to enjoy a coldie in the summer months but trust us, order the steak, you’ll be glad you did! Address: 30 Main Street, Meringandan The Farmers Arms Hotel — Cabarlah Just a 10-minute drive from Meringandan you will find the historic Farmers Arms Hotel, often referred to as the Cabarlah Pub by locals. This old charmer’s biggest claim to fame is the fact that it is the oldest continually licensed pub in Queensland, serving great food and beer since 1863! Tip: Try the famed ‘Mixed Grill’ in the winter months by the cosy fireplace! Address: 9864 New England Highway – www.thefarmersarmscabarlah.com.au

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Getting Here Whether you’re looking for a direct flight or enjoy a scenic drive, there are a variety of transport options available to help you reach your desired destination. Let someone else do the driving and travel by coach, or hop on a train and kick back and relax as you pass through the gorgeous, patchwork countryside. BY AIR Toowoomba — the most populous non-capital inland city in Australia — is now more accessible than ever with direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Charleville and Townsville. Airnorth is Australia’s second longest running airline and proud to service the Darling Downs region daily. QantasLink and Regional Express provide other domestic services direct to state-of-the-art Wellcamp Airport, just west of Toowoomba. This is your entry point to the Garden City and its surrounding wine and food regions, vibrant regional centres and natural wonders. Spectacular scenic drives — even on the direct routes — lead from every direction into Toowoomba. Driving under a big sky with a far horizon as backdrop, is one of the pleasures of exploring the Darling Downs region. GO BY COACH Hop on the bus — coach services operate between Brisbane, Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe and beyond, with connections to air, rail and local buses. Check out: • Stonestreets Coaches

• Crisps Coaches

• Greyhound Australia

• Con-X-ion

• Murrays Coaches

• Bus Queensland

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Getting from the airport to your overnight accommodation has never been easier. A suite of transport services awaits passengers on their arrival into Wellcamp Airport, which include:

Kick back and let Queensland Rail deliver you to the Darling Downs with its Westlander Service to Charleville. You’ll pass through a changing countryside on the way from Brisbane to Toowoomba.

• Garden City Cabs and Black & White Cabs serve the airport and are stationed at the terminal for all arrivals;

BY AIR Wellcamp Airport (WTB) is located 17km west of Toowoomba CBD and is a gateway straight into the heart of the region’s winelands, parks and cultural treasures.

• Avis, Thrifty, Budget, Hertz and Europe Car are represented at the airport; • The airport is well indicated on all major routes.

Travel between Toowoomba and these major cities with over 80 direct flights a week:

• If you’re using SatNav, pop in the following coordinates: LAT -27.56369 LONG 151.79631 Wellcamp QLD 4350

TRAVEL TOOWOOMBA WITH BUDGET Budget offers the ideal range of cars for your trip to Toowoomba. Whether you are just visiting family in town or touring the scenic Darling Downs, Budget will get you on your way with a vehicle that suits your rental needs at a competitive price.

Budget Rent a Car Toowoomba 262 Ruthven St, Toowoomba City 07 4632 8598 or 13 27 27 Budget.com.au

DISCOVER TOOWOOMBA WITH AVIS With convenient locations all across south east Queensland and a wide range of late model, air conditioned vehicles, go at your own pace to discover this remarkable part of Australia or talk to us about your commercial project requirements; from mine spec vehicles to people movers, Avis Toowoomba has the right vehicle to suit your needs. Avis Toowoomba 260 Ruthven St, Toowoomba City 07 4638 2999 or 136 333 avis.com.au

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bespoke tours of the Darling Downs! Stonestreets Travel can create tailor-made tour packages to explore the VERY BEST of the Darling downs for you and any number of friends!

www.StonestreetsTravel.com Phone: 07 4687 5555

Speak to us about creating: • Personalised tours and holiday itineraries • Individual and group travel packages • Corporate group travel arrangements

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Services

Doctors and staff at Grand Central Medical Centre believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion. Patients of the clinic are welcomed by friendly front desk staff on arrival and looked after by a team of board certified doctors, nurses and allied health providers. Shop 25/25a Ground Floor Open Hours: Mon to Fri: 8am to 5pm. Saturday: 9am to 1pm Grand Central Shopping Centre Cost of Consultations: Private $65.00 Medicare Rebate: $37.05 Cnr Margaret & Victoria Sts Toowoomba 07 4637 1000 (for appointments) DVA & Concession/Pension Cardholders & Children under 15 gcmc.com.au gcme.gp years are Bulk Billed.

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2 & 3 Bedroom Villas to choose from

VILLAS N OW SELLING

Call 1300 367 155 oaktreegroup.com.au

OVER 50S LIFESTYLE VILLAGE 2 & 3 Bedroom Villas from $255,000. Rental Opportunities on Request. Village Amenities Include: • Secure Gated Community • Recreation Centre & Kitchen • Craft Room • Library • Spa • Snooker Room • Workshop • Bowling Green • Indoor Heated Pool • Gym • BBQ Area • Outdoor Chess & Checkers • Putting. Villa Amenities Include: • Dishwasher • Large Pantry • Storage Room • European Appliances No Exit Fees • Enjoy the best life has to offer. Office Hours: Tue-Thur 11.00am to 3.00pm

Kingfisher Gardens Lifestyle Village 303 Spring Street, Toowoomba 07 4687 6677 | FAX 07 46 350 951 info@kglv.com.au kglv.com.au

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OPEN 7DAYS A WEEK! The medical centre is a walkthrough at the back of the pharmacy Available at the pharmacy: ◊ Napoleon Perdis Make-up Service ◊ Blood Pressure Monitoring ◊ Flu Vaccination ◊ Home Delivery Service ◊ Home Medication Review ◊ Medical Certificate ◊ NDSS Agent ◊ Diabetes Management ◊ Personal Medication Packs (Webster Packs)

Pharmacy opening hours: MON - WED, FRI 8.00AM – 6.00PM THURSDAY 8.00AM – 9.00PM SATURDAY 8.00AM – 5.00PM SUNDAY 8.30AM – 4.00PM PUB HOLS 9.00AM – 3.00PM Medical Centre opening hours: MON,WED,THURS 8.30AM – 5.00PM TUES & FRI 9.00AM – 5.00PM SAT & SUN BY APPOINTMENT Shop 2C, 187 Hume Street Ph: (07) 4638 2210 E: hoopercentrepharmacy@gmail.com W: facebook.com/HooperCentrePharmacy

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MANAGE, RENT, BUY & SELL Crest Realty will cater for all your real estate needs! We assist investors, home buyers, sellers and tenants. We also offer furnished and unfurnished rental properties to suit singles, couples, students of all ages, families and contractors. Sellers and landlords – take advantage of our local knowledge and expertise and talk to us about listing your property.

Crest Realty 07 4602 0244 / 0412 716 537 rentals@crestrealty.com.au crestrealty.com.au

BINGO ~ BINGO ~ BINGO When was the last time you called ‘BINGO!’? ST PAT’S BINGO Toowoomba’s Largest Jackpots & Cash Prizes Every Wednesday & Friday night 7:15pm and Sunday afternoon 4:30pm. Corner of Neil & Lawrence Streets (Cathedral Centre) www.stpatsbingo.org.au St Pat’s Bingo Cnr Neil & Lawrence Sts, Toowoomba (07) 4637 1520 stpatsbingo.org.au

With 95 years of quality eye care in Toowoomba, we are one of the oldest optometry practices in Australia, with three practices in Toowoomba, Roma and Emerald. We have our own optical laboratory in Toowoomba which allows us to repair and manufacture glasses on the spot. We always thoroughly check for ocular conditions such as Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy. 455 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba (07) 4632 3166 sankeyfraser.com.au

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Hampton Visitor Information Centre Stop by and take in the history of the 100-year-old building which houses the Hampton Visitor Information Centre. Visitors to the centre can expect to find comprehensive information on local attractions for the Highfields, Crows Nest, Hampton and surrounding areas. The centre sells a range of local produce, souvenirs and refreshments, is a 24-hour Wi-Fi hotspot and has disability access. There is convenient parking for cars, coaches and caravans, a playground, picnic facilities and toilets. The centre is located in Chapman Park, which is a designated overnight rest area for caravans and motor homes. Open daily from 9am to 5pm (closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and ANZAC Day morning). Cnr New England Highway and Esk-Hampton Road, Hampton. P. Freecall 1800 009 066 or 07 4697 9066 E. hamptoninfo@tr.qld.gov.au W. www.crowsnest.info / W: www.southernqueenslandcountry.com.au Millmerran Visitor Information Centre Discover what to do in the Millmerran and broader Darling Downs region. You can shop for local produce and souvenirs and there is access to free WiFi. There is convenient parking for cars, coaches and caravans. A playground and picnic facilities are nearby. Millmerran is home to the famous Australian Camp Oven Festival held every two years. Staff can provide some tips on local events, bushwalking or where to fish. The Millmerran Visitor Information Centre is located inside the historical and beautifully restored Millmerran Railway Station building, together with the Millmerran Museum. The Museum provides an interesting history of the pioneering families and early industries of the Millmerran district.

Getting Here

82-86 James Street (Warrego Highway), Toowoomba P: Freecall 1800 33 11 55 or 07 4639 3797 E: infocentre@tr.qld.gov.au W: www.southernqueenslandcountry.com.au

Information Centres

Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre Our friendly, knowledgeable team is available seven days a week to help you make the most of your visit to Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. We can help you with comprehensive information on local attractions, accommodation, short drives, maps and brochures. We offer a great selection of local produce and artisan-crafted gifts, plus free Wi-Fi and a complimentary tea or coffee. Our centre is located adjacent to the leafy East Creek Park, which features a playground, BBQs and picnic facilities. Our Centre and toilets are fully accessible to wheel chairs, and there is plenty of parking for cars, coaches and caravans. Open daily from 9am to 5pm (closed Good Friday, ANZAC Day morning, Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am to 3pm and Friday 10am to 12.30pm Cnr Mary and Edward Streets, Millmerran Ph: 07 4695 2560 E: millmerraninfo@tr.qld.gov.au

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Need more information? Oakey Community and Tourist Information Centre The Historical Railway Station on Bridge Street, Oakey Open hours: Open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm (closed 23, 24, 25, 26 December, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Anzac Day) Pittsworth Visitor Information Centre 50 Short Street, Pittsworth (situated at the front of the Pittsworth Art Gallery) Opening hours: 10am to 1pm, 7-days a week subject to the availability of volunteers T: 07 4693 2510 Goombungee tourist information centre 89 Mocatta Street, Goombungee (also Rosalie Galleries) Opening hours: 10.30am to 3.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday T: 07 4696 5600

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