Toowoomba is a great city to shop ‘til you drop', dine late and discover the best things in life. It is a treasure-trove of tradition and culture.
Crowning the edge of the Great Dividing Range 800 metres above sea level, Toowoomba is renowned for its architecture and open spaces that overlook the Lockyer Valley. One of city’s famous vantage points is Picnic Point, from where you can explore the graded walks along the range escarpment, or sit back, relax and take in the view.
The Milne Bay Military Museum, located on the corner of O’Quinn Street and Anzac Avenue is housed in a former Drill Hall built before WWI and displays the history of the Australian Armed Forces, especially the connection with it and our local community.
The Empire Theatre dating back to 1933, is Toowoomba’s premier stage and music venue. A theatre originally, it was opened on the site in June 1911 as a silent movie house. In 1933 a fire broke out and almost completely destroyed the building. The Empire was however rebuilt and then reopened in November 1933. After many years of neglect the Empire was extensively renovated in the late 1990′s, but retains much of its Art Deco architecture and decorations, especially the proscenium arch. Able to seat 2,400 people, the Empire Theatre is now the largest regional theatre in Australia.
There is no better way to enjoy the region’s parks during January and February than with an outing to Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) free Summer Tunes in the Blooms program across January and February starting Sunday, January 7.
TRC Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said performances would take place at four of Toowoomba’s premier public parks ̶ the Picnic Point bandstand, the shade shelter area at Laurel Bank Park, at the Newtown Park State Rose Garden and near the Margaret Street children’s play area in Queens Park.
“Regional audiences in Oakey, Crows Nest, Millmerran, Pittsworth, and Goombungee plus, for the first time, Cambooya will be treated to musical afternoons starting from the end of January,” Cr McDonald said.
“Summer is a great time of year to enjoy a morning playing with your children or grandchildren in Queens Park or roll out a picnic with friends at the other venues while listening to a wide range of performers.
a very exciting line-up of entertainers for this event including pipe bands, big bands, municipal bands, concert bands, college choirs, youth choirs, community choirs, roving entertainers, 7 dance troupes and mascots in costumes. There's something different to see every night. There is also Snowy the Snowman blowing out some snow.