Toowoomba is a charming satellite city one and a half hours west of Brisbane that’s geared up for a classic caravan and camping holiday.
Here, find jaw-dropping views along bushland trails, tranquility among acres of manicured gardens and fine dining tucked amid heritage laneways–and plenty of intriguing history.
The remarkable Cobb+Co Museum is a key attraction, established by the Queensland Museum following a generous family donation exceeding 30 vehicles, which were collected and restored by transport magnate W. R. F. Bolton.
The collection now comprises more than 50 restored vehicles from the horse-drawn era featuring specialised farming equipment and luxury coaches, one thought to have carried a Queensland Governor. The Museum provides an interactive science section for the kids, historic play spaces, gallery rooms, a cafe and workshops where you can turn your hand to a heritage trade.
Further afield there are aircraft displays at the Australian Army Flying Museum and the Highfields Pioneer Village, which, if you time your visit, will include a ride aboard a miniature steam-powered train.
Toowoomba is known as the ‘garden city’. Queens Park, its centrepiece, was designed by Walter Hill, the botanist responsible for Brisbane Botanic Gardens. But you’ll also find a genuine Japanese Garden ‘Ju Raku En’ at the local university, and two croquet fields set amongst English cottage gardens at Laurel Bank Park.
If you’re looking for something a little more natural, take in glorious views of the Great Dividing Range at Picnic Point. Or enjoy forest hikes in Jubilee and Redwood parks.
Within the town itself, enjoy exquisite architecture dating back to the 1860s on the Russell Street Historical Walk where you’ll spot classic Queenslanders on stilts and the glorious sun-worshipping Empire Theatre.
Looking for somewhere to pull up the Ezytrail caravan or camper trailer? You’ll find fully catered caravan parks in town, powered and unpowered sites and the local showgrounds a little further out with options available at several nearby reserves.
PIC: Garden City Toowoomba is planning month-long floral festivities this September