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Perched on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, Toowoomba is considered the capital of the 'Darling Downs' Region and is the gateway to the resource-rich Surat Basin Energy Precinct.
Located 127kms or a 90-minute drive west of Brisbane, Toowoomba has a population of about 105,000 and is situated approximately 700 metres above sea level.
The city is the largest centre in our Region and has long been a hub for commerce, industry and education.
Toowoomba supports a large and vibrant business community offering a broad range of shops, banks and professional and trade services. It services a diversity of primary and secondary industries and plays a significant role in the economic development of the southern Queensland area.
Amenities include a library, art gallery, Empire Theatre, Cobb+Co Museum and Council's main service centre, offices and depots. The city has a large variety of sports and recreation facilities include an aquatic centre with two swimming pools, two golf courses, and numerous gyms and sporting clubs with courts and ovals.
Toowoomba's excellent educational facilities consist of a vast selection of public and private primary and secondary schools, Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE and the University of Southern Queensland. There are four hospitals and an extensive range of medical practitioners, specialists and therapists.
The city has over 250 parks and gardens including the magnificent Queens Park, Laurel Bank Park, State Rose Garden and the largest Japanese Garden in Australia. The spectacular floral displays in these parks have lead to Toowoomba being affectionately known as the 'Garden City'. Each year the city hosts numerous events culminating in the award-winning Carnival of Flowers in September. Check out the Events Register for upcoming events and activities.
Toowoomba is thought to be named either after a property in the area in the 1850s, or from an Aboriginal word meaning "place where water sits" or "place of melon" or "place where reeds grow" or "berries place" or "white man".
Toowoomba has a fascinating past, full of rich history and interesting characters who have contributed to making the city what it is today. Explore Toowoomba's iconic historic locations and interest points. Take our heritage self-drive tour and discover the shared history of Toowoomba, embracing Toowoomba's past and our Indigenous beginnings, or set out on foot with our designated historic walks.