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Toowong

Toowong is a very popular, well known Brisbane suburb located five minutes drive west of the Brisbane city centre. The suburb is nestled between mighty Mount Coot-tha and the north bank of the meandering Brisbane River. From the banks of the river beautiful views of the city skyline can be enjoyed.

A cosmopolitan and multicultural part of the city, Toowong still enjoys the kind of friendly, relaxed ambience Queensland is famous for.

Located within Toowong are two of Brisbane's most famous, heritage-listed hotels - the Regatta Hotel and the Royal Exchange Hotel These hotels have been beautifully restored and, along with several others establishments, offer superb dining and wonderful views of the river.

Toowong is a great spot to indulge in a little retail therapy. A large shopping complex in the heart of town offers everything from specialty stores to supermarkets. Nearby shopping precincts offer more variety and interest, with a wide range of gift shops, homewares and designer boutiques.

Every day tastebuds are tantalised at Toowong's lively cafes, sushi bars, bistros, hotels and top notch restaurants.

On the western outskirts of Toowong, at the foot of Mount Coot-tha, are the beautiful Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. This huge garden contains over 5,000 plant species from around the world and offers a number of delightful walking trails with spectacular views. On the Aboriginal art trail you will find fascinating tree carvings and rock paintings. Families will enjoy the astronomy programs offered at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium located within the Gardens.

Accommodation options in Toowong include apartments in riverside high-rises that take advantage of the city views. villas, studio apartments and holiday rentals are also available.

Toowong: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Perrin Park


Perrin Park is a local park with great facilities for kids. Located in the inner-city suburb of Toowong, there are bicycle tracks, picnic areas, a rebound wall and a playground with a pedal powered cars on on a circular track. There is also an area for dogs to be let off their leashes.




56 Josling Street
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 0.7K from Toowong

Toowong Memorial Park


Toowong Memorial Park, home to Western Districts Rugby Football Club, can be packed with spectators in season, unaware of historic tributes just metres from the footy oval, towards Brisbane River.

Parliamentarian EM Macartney officially opened Toowong Memorial Park on 7 September 1918 in honour of the 101 locals who enlisted in WWI. Decorative wrought iron memorial gates were erected to mark the park's official opening.

Beyond, on the summit of a ridge, is the 12 metre high Toowong Soldiers' Memorial, unveiled by Governor Sir Matthew Nathan on 2 July 1922. A fluted column with a Queensland marble drinking fountain at its base, surrounded by carved wreaths and swags, this memorial's base provides a valuable roll call of local involvement, naming all who enlisted on three marble slabs.

A commemorative avenue of palms was planted in 1918. A large section was relocated in 1993 to run parallel to Sylvan Road from the car park, curving gently towards the memorial gates.

Dawn ANZAC Day services proceed along this avenue, gathering at a more recent RSL memorial cairn, inside the gates.




65 Sylvan Road
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 0.7K from Toowong

Toowong Cemetery


Toowong Cemetery is Brisbane's largest and most grand burial site. Undertake a tour of this vast necropolis, resting place of 117,000 souls, discover the history of death and dying in Southern Queensland, hear local ghost stories and tales, told by your ghost host, Lily, as she explores the realm between this world and the next. Please note that costs apply for the tours.

Be warned - this can be a very eerie journey.




Milton Road,
Corner Frederick Street
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 1.3K from Toowong

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium


In 1978, the Brisbane City Council opened Queensland's first planetarium. The Planetarium is named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, a Governor of New South Wales in the 1820s.

The Planetarium is located within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. It is a 15 minute drive from the Brisbane City centre.

Explore the Universe in the Cosmic Skydome, astronomy displays in the Gallery and spacecraft models in the Foyer - and see the replica Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 spacesuit. Skydome shows cover topics from the Solar System to Black Holes, and each finishes with a tour of the Brisbane night sky, presented by a staff astronomer. Weekend and holiday schedules include shows especially for children. The Mini-theatre has a continuously-running 30-minute NASA presentation on topical earth and space sciences, updated daily.

The Galaxy Gift Shop has a range of items to suit all budgets, including fun, scientific and educational toys, astronomy books, meteorites and fossils.

Entry to the building and displays is free; charges apply to Skydome shows. Special rates for concession holders, families and groups of 10 or more. Bookings strongly advised, especially during Queensland school holidays.

So much to see and do!





Brisbane Botanic Gardens,
Mt Coot-tha Road
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 1.7K from Toowong

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha


The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha are Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens. These 52 hectare gardens are situated seven kilometres from the city centre, and offer a variety of environments and natural wildlife. The Gardens also offer a picturesque venue for a wedding.

The Botanic Gardens are open every day, and entry to the gardens is free. Visitors can enjoy free guided tours Monday to Saturday at 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. (public holidays excluded). Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha features Japanese Gardens and a Freedom Wall monument; The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is also located on the grounds.

The Botanic Gardens have a fully licensed restaurant and cafe - Botanical - with a capacity of 150 people. Dining is a breath of fresh air in a relaxing and tranquil setting in the midst of the beautiful gardens. Modern Australian cuisine is served in the main restaurant with light snacks, devonshire teas and ice creams available from the cafeteria.




Mount Coot-tha Road
Toowong, QLD, 4066

Located 1.8K from Toowong

John Oxley Library


The State Library of Queensland's John Oxley Library has a wide range of content both contemporary and retrospective chronicling events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape Queensland. Committed to capturing the essence of the Queensland story for current and future generations, this collection is a resource for people wanting to understand Queensland in all its diversity.

John Oxley Library consists of unique Queensland resources including diaries, manuscripts, artworks, photographs, original maps and plans, and oral histories. A broad range of books, magazines, newspapers, and ephemera are acquired largely through legal deposit and websites are archived in Pandora. These materials as well as films and digital stories are available for viewing in the John Oxley Library Reading Room or online via State Library's catalogue OneSearch.

Part of Queensland's dynamic heritage network, John Oxley Library is a forum for new knowledge and information sharing through the John Oxley Library blog, Queensland Memory Awards, and special research initiatives and residencies, exhibitions, tours, and events.




Peel Street,
Corner Stanley Street,
Level 4, State Library of Queensland
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

Located 2.2K from Toowong

Rosalie Village


Rosalie Village is a compact, attractive pocket of Brisbane that is a well kept secret of the locals. But just ask anyone who comes here, and they'll tell you what it may lack in size, it more than makes up for in quality.

Steep tree-lined hills display hundreds of colourfully renovated Queenslanders houses that make perfect breezy hillside homes, as well as providing some of the best city views. In a perfectly quaint way, locals have crafted some into the perfect little bar, cosy restaurant or chic boutique.

Famed for its creative yet accessible eateries, Rosalie Village takes the food lover on a pleasant journey of discovery. There's a range of international cuisines, plus a sumptuous delicatessen, numerous cafes, a dessert lovers paradise and a 'to die for' ice-cream parlour. Popular at any time of day, try visiting at night, when the lights are twinkling in the street and the suburban village atmosphere is humming.

A unique highlight of Rosalie Village is a boutique cinema that boasts intimate screening rooms, an in-cinema dining service and, of course, a leading selection of art house and blockbuster movies.






Nash Street,
Corner of Baroona Road
Paddington, QLD, 4064

Located 2.3K from Toowong

The Escape Hunt Experience Brisbane


Escape Hunt Brisbane is an adventure like no other; a live escape the room game. You will play the part of a famous London detective investigating a mystery set in Brisbane. Closed in one of their rooms with one hour on the clock, you will need all your skills and wits to gather clues, find keys, crack codes and solve puzzles in order to escape before the time runs out! It's exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all, fun!

Will you be able to unravel the mysteries, piece together the clues and save the day, or will you fall prey to the perpetrator's devious mind? Come and experience the concept that is taking the world by storm!




77 Russell Street,
Entry via lower carpark
West End, QLD, 4101

Located 2.3K from Toowong

UQ Art Museum


The University of Queensland (UQ) was one of the first universities in Australia to acquire works of art and to use bequest funds for this purpose. With over 3,500 works, The UQ Art Collection is one of Queensland's most significant public art collections. The Collection comprises works by Australian artists from the colonial era to the present, and the Nat Yuen Collection of Chinese antiquities. In addition, The UQ Art Museum is developing the National Collection of Artists' Self Portraits, the only collection of its kind in Australia.

The UQ Art Museum presents a dynamic program of exhibitions designed to provoke enquiry and to explore a wide range of issues relevant to UQ academic life and the broader social life of our audiences. These exhibitions, predominantly contemporary in focus, are diverse in content, form and cultural context.






University Drive,
The James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre,
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD, 4067

Located 2.5K from Toowong

UQ Antiquities Museum


The UQ Antiquities Museum has on display a broad range of ancient artefacts stemming from Western Asia, Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds. The collection features over 7,000 original objects, and provides a comprehensive surrey of ancient Mediterranean antiquities, spanning almost 4,000 years of history. The Antiquities Museum is open to school students of all ages, interest groups and private individuals, and enhances study of the ancient world.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Museum between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.




Third Floor Michie Building,
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD, 4067

Located 2.6K from Toowong

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