So, you’ve decided to head to Toowoomba’s hills to explore the Garden City, all that’s left to do is choose where to stay.
From large hotel groups who accommodate the room-service-ordering kind of traveller to romantic cottages for couples’ getaways and family-friendly farm stays in between, take it from us, there’s no shortage of B&B and Airbnb’s in Toowoomba region.
To help navigate the perfect place to spend the night, we’ve pulled together a list of our favourite B&Bs and Airbnb’s in Toowoomba so you can spend a night to remember in Queensland’s largest inland city.
1. Anduramba Homestead
How would you like to stay in a homestead steeped with over 100 years of history? If you answered yes, you’ll want to enter Anduramba Homestead into Airbnb’s Toowoomba search bar.
You’ll find this beauty sprawling across 10 acres of manicured land in Crows Nest, a 45-minute drive from downtown Toowoomba.
Rather than take over the whole house, you’ll stay inside a separate wing of the 1907 homestead, in a room which overlooks Anduramba’s gardens from stately double hung windows.
Your room rate includes a house-made breakfast comprising of local products, but that’s not where the hospitality stops. In the guest Dining Hall, you’ll also find complimentary tea and coffee, port and chocolates.
Perfect? We thought so too.
They say the Mediterranean diet is key to health and happiness, so imagine what a stay on a working olive grove could do to yours?
Book into Bunnyconnellen’s 250 acre working olive grove (which also happens to run cattle and sheep too) for a true country escape.
You’ll stay in The Studio, a restored farm building, which includes all the essentials for a romantic weekend in Crows Nest, near Toowoomba.
Your accommodation includes a small kitchen, ensuite, pot belly stove and more than enough balcony space to soak in the Southern Queensland Country serenity while you journal, draw, read, rest and relax.
When you stay over the weekend, you’ll be in poll position to enjoy the onsite cellar door, where you can enjoy wine and olive tastings.
You’ll want to book early, as understandably, this property is popular with brides-to-be, drawn to this property’s spectacular gardens and sprawling fig trees.
3. ecoRidge Hideaway
The clue might be in the name of this B&B in Toowoomba, but this eco-property, hidden on Toowoomba’s ridgeline among 50 acres of natural bushland, is full of surprises once you check-in.
The husband and wife team who built it, fell in love with the property during their own travels in Australia and promptly bought the block of land and created three chalets among the gum trees.
The premise for the property is simple – escape the city, soak up the country and leave only footprints when you return home; a philosophy we can fully endorse.
The owners have designed everything about these cabins for the ultimate re-charge, which is why ecoRidge Hideaway offer three different breakfast hamper options for you to DIY your most important meal of the day.
Your agenda for the day can be as busy (or not) as you like – whether you want to watch the birds from your balcony, take the 3km nature trail on the property or venture further afield for more serious bushwalking like Mount Campbell, the highest peak in the area.
4. Vacy Hall
Some people like to read about history, others like to stay in history, and Vacy Hall certainly caters to the latter.
In fact, the property is heritage-listed by the Queensland Heritage Council for its significant place in Queensland’s history.
You’ll find nods to this property’s pastoral history from the minute you cross its threshold, in fact, old-world grandeur runs right through its architecture and landscaping, all the way to the street.
Vacy Hall feels as close to sleeping on a set of an old-world movie as it comes, with four poster beds, over-stuffed occasional chairs and fireplaces to curl up to devour a favourite book.
You can spend your day exploring the best of Toowoomba’s CBD (only 300m away) before retiring to Vacy Hall’s gardens which are 140 years old, and worthy of the setting of countless garden weddings each year.
More than just a bed, Vacy Hall does breakfast too. And on the breakfast menu you’ll find Liz’s menu, the cook who’s been catering for Vacy Hall guests for the last 30 years who at last count has made more than 50,000 bowls of her famous porridge, which always has guests asking the Vacy Hall hosts “please, can I have some more”.
5. “25 by Queens”
If you’re looking for an Airbnb in Toowoomba which could win a prize for location, location, location, set your keywords to ’25 by Queens’ to find this quaint cottage right on Queens Park.
From this three-bedroom cottage, you’ll have poll position to take a picnic in Queens Park and short stroll to enjoy any of Toowoomba’s dining scene.
With full run of the cottage, you also won’t be the first guest who decides to stay in rather than go out, with a spacious living area, back deck and BBQ area to enjoy your meals closer to home.
With a kitchen and laundry, this property is well suited for those longer stays and guests travelling with little ones.
6. Hazelmont Cottage
Long before tiny houses were a trend, Hazelmont Cottage were welcoming guests to its elevated location in Ravensbourne.
You’ll find this one-bedroom cottage 30 minutes north of Toowoomba set on 12 acres of rainforest land.
Wake up to the sound of birds chirping, before settling into a continental breakfast basket, which includes the ingredients for pancakes to whip up in your kitchenette.
Spend your days spotting the 80-odd species of birds who dart between the trees surrounding your romantic escape or stretch the legs with rambling walks across the property.
If you’d prefer to tackle a longer walk, Ravensbourne National Park is just next door with trails that range from 500m return to 6.2km return.
7. Cloudlake Mountain Retreat
If you’re looking for a stay that looks like it stepped off the pages of an oil painting and into real life, the ‘Boat House’ at Cloudlake Mountain Retreat is as close as it comes.
You’ll find this hidden oasis of 65 acres hiding in a secret valley in the mountains near Ravensbourne National Park.
It’s hard not to feel your shoulders drop when you’re staying onsite at an organic farm, complete with olive groves, vineyards and seasonal produce.
Enjoy a wood fire, open deck overlooking the lake and campfires by the edge of the water.
Take a little walk, take the canoe out into the lake or pat Dudley the gorgeous caramel coloured staffy who takes his role as ‘guest services’ very seriously.