While endless sunny days characterise Queensland’s east coast, Toowoomba likes to mix things up a little.

Seasonal variety and Queensland don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but Toowoomba’s mountain locale presents just that. Perched above the Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba is the perfect introduction to the Great Dividing Range. Experience crisp winter days amid red-cedar forests or come in spring for the famous Carnival of Flowers. Hiking trails lead Toowoomba’s wanderers to waterfalls, geological formations and rainforest reserves.

Frequently Asked Questions about Toowoomba

What does Toowoomba mean?

The name Toowoomba has Aboriginal origins, as the area was first inhabited by the Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair people. Historians haven't come to a consensus whether this word means "swamps", which are part of the historical landscape, or if it's a reference to a type of melon. Today it goes by the nickname "the Garden City".

When is the Toowoomba Flower Festival?

Known officially as the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, the city's famously fragrant festival is usually scheduled for September. The line-up usually includes several events, including the Ergon Energy Food & Wine Festival and the Grand Central Floral Parade.

Where is camping near Toowoomba?

Toowoomba is surrounded by campgrounds. The closest is 23km to the northeast at Murphy's Creek Escape in Upper Lockyer, a private campsite with barbeque grills and toilets. Located 56km southeast of Toowoomba, Heifer Creek is a great place to rough it-bring your own tent or van and pack in food and water.