Adults refer to Toowoomba as a mini-Melbourne or the ‘Garden City’. Only 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane, it’s an easy weekend destination for many Queensland and Northern NSW families.
But how do you get the kids excited about a weekend in a city they’ve never heard of? Here are some insider tips in the words of local kids Jasmine, Mary and Jorja.
Toowoomba is not as big as Brisbane, but it’s not exactly small either. It’s a charming town and there are lots of really nice people who live here. The city is high up on a mountain and looks over the Darling Downs range and the Lockyer Valley. It’s a great place to live and it’s a fantastic place to hang out, because it takes no time to get anywhere!
Our top four things to do in Toowoomba for kids are:
Carnival of Flowers
Toowoomba is known for its flowers and we have a flower festival every year at Queen’s Park, which is amazing to go to. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is held each September (this year it’s the 18 to 27 September).
The flower festival has live music, a carnival with games and rides as well as a parade with flower floats, stilt walkers and live music!
It’s amazing. They grow the flowers in Toowoomba and they’re all beautiful and they’re arranged beautifully. You can walk through and take pictures – it’s really pretty to go for a stroll through – and there are huge fountains and really pretty lights.
But not only that, after the flower festival’s finished, they take all the flowers and put them all over through the city in different spots. A huge amount of them are placed at the entry to Toowoomba, so you’ll see them as you drive in and you’ll see them in the median strips in between the roads.
Make sure you stop at the sign as you enter Toowoomba – it’s a great spot for a photo and heaps of the flowers put all around the sign.
One of the first things that you se at Picnic Point is the flagpole out the front. It’s a really big park and a quiet and peaceful place to visit.
The view from Picnic Point is amazing and there’s a really nice restaurant there that sits right on the edge, so you can look over the hills. It’s a lovely place to go if you want to take your family.
From Picnic Point, there’s also lots of walking tracks that you can go on. The best one is definitely the waterfall track – it’s nice to walk through the trees and then stop by the water and have afternoon tea.
Cobb+Co Museum is a great place to visit that tells the history of the area. It was actually originally a company called Cobb and Co that was founded by two brothers that came out from the United States and it’s very important in Toowoomba and in Australian history.
For 70 years from the 1850s Cobb+Co Museum coaches were the main means of transport in the colonies of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Settlers, immigrants, shearers, children and their parents all used them to move around the colonies.
It’s interesting to see the way that stage coaches have progressed over the years and you can actually hop in them and see what it was like. It’s pretty interesting to see things from Australia’s history up close and there are lots of activities you can do to experience what it was like back then.
The Jondaryan Woolshed is the oldest functioning shearing shed in the world. You can see how a shearing shed operates and can even get involved and pet the animals. It’s a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.
There’s a few great festivals that are held each year at the Jondaryan Woolshed, that are worth checking out. The Damper Festival and the Jackie Howe Festival are the biggest ones. You can go on horse and cart rides, watch blacksmiths working and watch shearing demonstrations.
Toowoomba is a great place to come and visit and we would recommend it. It’s not too big, and it’s not too small. It’s the perfect size to get around easily and there’s plenty to do. For more kids tips about what to do in Toowoomba, check out www.boundround.com/areas/toowoomba. There are three Best Western hotels in Toowoomba.
What are your favourite things to do with the kids in Toowoomba?