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Toowoomba and Darling Downs

Crisp winter air, knee-deep autumn leaves, clear summer days and a riot of colour in spring; nowhere else in Queensland will you experience all four seasons as distinctively as right here. 

Just 90 minutes from Brisbane, Toowoomba crowns the edge of the Great Dividing Range 700 metres above sea level, overlooking the Lockyer Valley. So close but a world away! Southern Queensland Country’s largest city still has a country town vibe. 

Treat your senses… literally, to the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and local gourmet produce. Queensland’s Garden City, Toowoomba, has more than 150 public parks and gardens to enjoy.

Come and taste the colours of spring at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers! Enjoy our ten-day festival of non-stop fun and laughter, fireworks, parades, the coolest music and entertainment as well as the sensational wines and tantalising tastes of the region. 

From March to May mellow tints of red and gold mark the autumn showing. In the winter months, enjoy rugging up and winding down. Spicy scents of local wines and delicious foods will tantalise the tastebuds and warm the soul. 

To the west you’ll find rolling plains which are home to little rural townships, and warm bed and breakfasts. Cruise north to Crows Nest through hamlets strung along the eastern escarpment and check out nurseries, cafés, museums and galleries. Go south into the country that was the setting for Steele Rudd’s stories, and enjoy the atmosphere in rustic historic pubs. In the north-west, the Bunya Mountains rise dramatically against the sky and offer spectacular mountain scenery, walking trails and abundant wildlife.