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Toowoomba West: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Laurel Bank Park


Laurel Bank Park is a beautiful 4.5 hectare parkland close to Toowoomba's city centre, featuring spectacular manicured gardens, a scented garden, a collection of exotic trees, a playground, picnic area, gazebo and croquet greens. With its sublime spring displays and avenues of cherry blossoms, it is most magnificent during Carnival of Flowers each September.

The Scented Gardens, are a 'garden within a garden' created from ideas presented by the Downs Association of the Blind, and feature fragrant blooms, herbs and shrubs in raised beds.

The park came into being in 1932 when Darling Downs Building Society Managing Director, Mr Samuel George Stephens, donated the land to the people of Toowoomba, with the City Council official custodian.

Prior to gifting the land, Mr Stephens improved it with shrubs and flowers, and was known to many as 'the man of flowers'. He asked that flowers be supplied to Toowoomba Hospital and that the land be retained as a park and not used as a sporting facility, with the exception of the Croquet Greens along Herries Street. Laurel Bank Hall was built during World War II and used as a mess hall for United States naval troops.




Herries Street,
Corner West Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 0.8K from Toowoomba West

Newtown Park State Rose Garden


The smell is what hits you first at the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park. The garden is planted with more than 1,500 roses , with many more to be established in the years to come.

This rosarium is being continually upgraded as a living memorial to the people of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. One of the cities most successful community projects, the Garden is both beautiful and well maintained by residents and volunteers contributing donations or in-kind support.

The garden's major planting are from the floribunda, hybrid tea, David Austin and climbing rose varieties. Of special interest are the Titian and Carabella roses, which were bred in Toowoomba and are just two of the Reithmuller Roses.

The historic Newtown Park is bounded by Holberton, Taylor, Tor and Pottinger Streets. Of special interest to historians is the Entrance Pavilion off Holberton Street where the history of the park and its people since 1912, and the history of roses, is displayed on brass plaques.

Instumental in constructing the garden, the Friends of the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park volunteer 50 to 70 hours per week, depending on the season, for maintenance of the roses.




Taylor Street,
Corner of Holberton, Tor and Pottinger Streets
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 1.0K from Toowoomba West

Toowoomba Railway Station, Memorial Honour Board


Stroll to the northern end of the platform at heritage-listed Toowoomba Railway Station and you'll find a record that leaves no doubt about the impact World War I had on the locality's population.

The Roll of Honour, 1914-1919, Queensland Railways Toowoomba Employees is a magnificently carved silky oak honour board with an impressive listing of 560 names in gold lettering on cedar panels.

Railways Commissioner Charles Evans, a former Toowoomba railwayman himself, unveiled the tribute on 14 April 1918.

Prime Minister Billy Hughes had stood on the platform in October 1916, urging enlistments.

The honour board was artfully crafted at the North Ipswich railway workshops, now the Workshops Rail Museum. The detailing includes columns crowned with decorative motifs of the Queensland Railways emblem, scrolls and shells, and the Australian Coat of Arms.

Toowoomba Railway Station, which opened in the 1870s, was still a bustling centre for trade and travellers. Today, the Westlander passes through, between Brisbane and Charleville twice a week. The original railway refreshment room has been renovated into a stately restaurant complete with fireplace and a display of railways silverware and crockery bearing the official insignia.




Russell Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 1.6K from Toowoomba West

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery


Established in 1938, Toowoomba has the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland. The new gallery opened in 1994 and is owned and maintained by Toowoomba Regional Council.

The Gallery is the permanent home to the Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery and Library. Assembled by Toowoomba resident, the late Mr William Bolton MBE, this collection features over 400 significant Australian artworks by such artists as Lionel, Daryl and Ruby Lindsay, Phillips Fox, McCubbin and more. The Library comprises rare books and manuscripts, including letters written by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

The Fred and Lucy Gould art collection also features, consisting of antique furniture, fine porcelain and glassware, gold and silverware, and other items mostly from Europe, Asia and Australia. The works date from 1700s to 1930s.

The City Collection focuses on twentieth century Australian paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, small scale sculpture and jewellery with emphasis on works by regional artists with regional themes.

The Gallery has an extensive program. Contemporary exhibitions change monthly, while historical exhibitions change three times a year. The Gallery aims to provide diversity of educational activities to complement the exhibition program.

The Gallery Shop offers a variety of interesting gifts and the work of regional and interstate artists.




Ruthven Street,
Next to the City Hall
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 1.6K from Toowoomba West

Empire Theatres


Toowoomba's Empire Theatre is a heritage listed art-deco venue that provides a wide variety of performing arts for every taste. The Empire is Australia's largest regional performing arts complex and stages world class shows from leading national and international performers as well as showcasing a wealth of local talent.

Whether it is popular music, ballet, comedy or any live performance, the lavish art-deco styling of the venue combined with its state of the art technology makes for a magical and memorable experience. The Empire Theatre also offers historical tours and attracts many visitors each year. The complex is also a popular choice for conferences and events, including weddings, offering a unique experience to guests.




56 Neil Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 1.9K from Toowoomba West

Toowoomba West: Events

Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival


"One World Many Faces" is the theme of the Iconic Toowoomba Languages and Cultures (TLC) Festival - an annual celebration of the diversity in the community and a showcase of talents and colour from across the world! The vision of the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures (TLC) Festival is a celebration of the diversity of languages and cultures that exist within the Toowoomba region. Over 22,000 people attend the event. The Festival Features:

- Performances ( three stages with 65 plus performances).
- International Food Stalls.
- Mindful Wellbeing Expo.
- Exhibition Hall and Exhibition Lane.
- Languages Activities and Performances for all ages.
- Schools Language Activities and Performances.
- Market Stalls.
- Information displays.
- Multi-faith Displays.
- Kids Entertainment.
- Camel Rides, Animal Farm, Reptile Display.
- Workshops/demos.


Event Dates
2019
      11th Aug


Margaret Street
Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350

Located 1.4K from Toowoomba West

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2019


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring a floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy, Docos After Dark, Progressive Foodie Tours, Historic Walking Tours and many more.


Event Dates
2019
      20th Sep
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      23rd Sep
      24th Sep
      25th Sep
      26th Sep
      27th Sep
      28th Sep
      29th Sep


Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350

Located 1.4K from Toowoomba West

The Handmade Expo Market Toowoomba


Held quarterly in Toowoomba at Harristown State High School and with stalls both within the auditorium and outside in the gardens around the hall, the market is a perfect Sunday morning outing!

There's a huge selection of stalls featuring the handmade works of talented artisans, makers, bakers and creators. Products include jewellery, clothing, craft supplies, babies wear, toys, home decor and loads more.


Event Dates
2019
      4th Aug
      24th Nov


341 South Street
Harristown, QLD, 4350

Located 1.5K from Toowoomba West

Toowoomba Skateboarding Festival


A festival around the Urban Street Skateboarding Culture of Australia. Video nights, demonstrations, contests and more. Based in the Central Business District in a giant warehouse, enjoy this epic week in Toowoomba!


Event Dates
2019
      3rd Oct
      4th Oct
      5th Oct
      6th Oct


Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 1.7K from Toowoomba West

Parkland Entertainment


You'll hear music from almost every genre floating out of Toowoomba's beautiful parks. The Parkland Experience covers folk, pop, pop funk, classic, Irish folk, rock, jazz, soul, Memphis, country, rock n roll, Celtic, swing, opera, bush ballads, blues, choral, brass band, old time music, strings and retro rock. Phew! There's also tai chi, yoga, face-painting, and dancing.


Event Dates
2019
      20th Sep
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      23rd Sep
      24th Sep
      25th Sep
      26th Sep
      27th Sep
      28th Sep
      29th Sep


Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350

Located 1.7K from Toowoomba West

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