Boasting one of Australia’s most diverse economies, the Toowoomba Region is a vibrant community that spans almost 13,000km2 including the City of Toowoomba and the regional centres of Cambooya, Clifton, Goombungee, Greenmount, Highfields, Millmerran, Oakey, Pittsworth and Yarraman, along with numerous smaller townships.
Situated 125 kilometres inland of Queensland’s state capital Brisbane, Toowoomba is located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range 700 metres above sea level. As Australia’s 17th largest city and second largest inland city, Toowoomba is part of South East Queensland, a dynamic region that generates one-fifth of Australia’s economic growth and is home to one in seven Australians.
Our community is strong, grown on the back of a resilient agricultural sector that has endured the very worst in droughts, floods and unforeseen rural hardships.
Recognised as one of Queensland’s most family-friendly cities, Toowoomba is a safe, healthy and diverse community that celebrates a quality lifestyle. Built upon its garden city image, Toowoomba has more than 240 public parks and gardens - the perfect blend of city and open spaces. Aptly nicknamed the ‘Education Capital’, the Toowoomba Region offers excellent primary, secondary and tertiary education options, transport connectedness, health facilities and shopping and dining to rival metropolitan destinations.
A community with a strong economy, the Toowoomba Region has a diversity of investment and local business that has seen the area become a central hub for the transport, mining, agriculture and manufacturing industries.
It’s no wonder 2.7 million visitors chose to explore our region last year…and why over 164,000 people call this beautiful region home.
The main Aboriginal language groups in the Toowoomba Region are Barunggam, Jarowair, Giabal and Kienjan tribes. Early European settlement was based around the region’s highly fertile farming land. There are a number of suggested sources for the name Toowoomba, including an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place where water sits’, amongst others.
Toowoomba Region today
- 13 libraries
- 2 cultural centres
- 9 pools
- 6 visitor information centres
- 4 art galleries
- 19 cemeteries
- 1 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
- 22 skate parks
- 7,700 hectares of open space
- 539 hectares of Council-maintained sports and recreation parks
- 561 Council-maintained parks
- 22 dog off-leash parks
- 152 kilometres of paths, tracks and trails
- 200 playgrounds
- 13.98 hectares of planted beds in parklands
- 956 hectares of grass mowed in parklands
- 1,215 park seats and benches
- 953 park tables
- 242 park barbecues
- 30 bike racks
- 136 public toilets located in parks
- 6,561 kilometres of Council-maintained roads
- 59 kilometres of bikeways
- 540 kilometres of footpaths
- 364 bus stops