Welcome to Toowoomba
Not only is the ‘Garden City’ Queensland’s largest and oldest inland city, it is also the birthplace of two national icons: the archetypal Aussie cake, the lamington, and Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush. Squatting on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, 700m above sea level, Toowoomba is a sprawling country hub with wide tree-lined streets and stately homes. While it isn't a see-it-before-you-die kind of place, it does have a few surprises up its sleeve for those who stay a day or two. Among these is Australia's largest traditional Japanese Garden, a nationally renowned collection of horse-drawn vehicles, and a small regional gallery packed with notable Australian names. Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is Toowoomba's burgeoning cool factor, reflected in its growing number of hip cafes, bars, eateries, not to mention its annual street art festival, which has transformed much of the city centre into an open-air gallery of contemporary creativity.