Toowoomba, known as ‘The Garden City’ is located in Southern Queensland, approximately 130 kilometres west of the capital of Brisbane. The city has a population of approximately 130,000 people and is second only to Canberra as Australia’s largest inland city. Toowoomba has a pleasant climate with warm summers and cool winters.
Toowoomba is renowned for its annual Carnival of Flowers, held in September. Many of the city’s parks and gardens are specially primed for the Carnival. The city has more than 150 public parks and gardens, which are well maintained thanks to the region’s rich volcanic soil.
The heart of Toowoomba’s art and culture scene centres on the Empire Theatre, the largest regional performing arts centre in Australia. The city is also the location of Queensland’s oldest regional public art gallery.
Toowoomba has many of shopping centres, the largest located within the Central Business District and the smaller shopping villages located in more suburban districts of Toowoomba. Toowoomba also has a great selection of restaurants, cafes, other dining venues at various spots around the city.
The economy’s major industries are retail, health services, manufacturing, and education. The Australian Defence Force is also present in the Toowoomba community, with the city providing housing and services for many of those based at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre located 30 kilometres North West of Toowoomba.
Toowoomba Regional Council is moving forwards towards further economic expansion by marketing the region to new residents, prospective business initiatives and to investors. The overall aim of the Toowoomba Council’s plan is to further diversify the economy, improve current services within the community, and create greater employment opportunities prospects and a more idyllic community.