Those of us who live in Toowoomba already know what a wonderful place it is, with its expansive parks, top-notch schools and annual events.

But for those who don’t know, The Chronicle has compiled a list of reasons the Garden City is arguably one of the best places in Queensland to live.

If you’re looking for a tree change this year and thinking of moving to Toowoomba in 2021 here are 21 reasons you should.

Toowoomba CBD.
Toowoomba CBD.

1. It’s the biggest inland city in Australia outside Canberra

With more than 110,000 people in Toowoomba the only thing “country” about our town is the original sandstone buildings on the main street that have been converted into cafes and private residences.

2. Our art scene

Many of our inner city alleyways are covered in amazing works of art thanks to the super talented artists in our region who were given the opportunity to paint certain buildings thanks to the launch of First Coat Festival.

Grand Central Shopping Centre.
Grand Central Shopping Centre.

3. Shopping centre

With the $500 million expansion of Grand Central Shopping Centre it’d be unlikely you wouldn’t find what you’re look for when out shopping. Toowoomba is home to many local, national and international brands.

4. Local shopping scene

Take a walk through the CBD and pop into any of the small businesses in the main streets. You can shop till you drop, get a haircut and even stop in for a coffee or a feed.

Sarima Chong with her daughter Evie Norman, enjoy the colour of Queen's Park during the Carnival of Flowers.
Sarima Chong with her daughter Evie Norman, enjoy the colour of Queen's Park during the Carnival of Flowers.

5. Carnival of Flowers

There aren’t many Australians who haven’t heard of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, The Chronicle Garden Competition and the Food and Wine Festival.

100,000 people descend on the city over a two-week period each spring to take in all the flowers and sights Toowoomba has to offer.

It won the gold award in the major festivals and events category at the Queensland Tourism Awards this year and Grazia points out there is 150 parks and gardens in the city that tick the nature stroll boxes.

6. Local dining scene

Toowoomba is home to many national fast food and restaurant chains such as Lone Star Rib House, Chong Co, Oporto and Burger Urge as well as some incredible local eateries including Chimac, Phat Burgers and Original Saigon. If you’re hungry for a certain type food, we have it.

7. Coffee culture

Everywhere you look in Toowoomba there is a place to get a coffee whether it be from a drive-through cafe, laneway coffee shop or chain cafe.

8. Pubs, rooftop bars and wine bars

The Garden City is home to every type of bar or pub you could think of. We have two rooftop bars in George Banks and Muller Bros as well as three inner city wine bars Uva, Cork and Lever and Sante. The pubs also serve up a delicious feed with a number of venues to choose from.

9. Country pubs

While the inner-city is packed with pubs and bars, so are the outskirts with pubs worth the 20min drive. These include Meringandan Pub which was named one of Queensland’s best pubs as well as the Cabarlah Pub, Nobby Pub and the Farmers Arms.

Crowds of people admire Laurel Bank Park.
Crowds of people admire Laurel Bank Park.

11. Parks and gardens

What we are most well-known for is perhaps our beautiful parks and gardens. We can give any city a run for their money with our parks in spring. You can relax at any of the local parks or have a barbecue with friends and family.

11. Take a hike

There’s no excuse not to climb Tabletop Mountain at least once in your lifetime because the track is for everyone, even children under five have finished the hike. You could also bushwalk near Picnic Point or through Jubilee Park.

12. Super Rooster

One of Toowoomba’s biggest claims to fame is being the home of Super Rooster. If you love barbecued chicken, you’ll love Super Rooster. Locals just can’t go past their crispy chips and burgers with special sauce.

13. Local markets

If markets are your thing then it’s good news for you because we have a decent range of markets including the weekly Farmer’s Markets and PCYC Markets as well as the monthly Cabarlah Markets and the Handmade Collective.

Fly to and from Toowoomba with daily flights from Wellcamp Airport.
Fly to and from Toowoomba with daily flights from Wellcamp Airport.

1 4. Fly from Wellcamp Airport

Fly to and from Toowoomba with daily flights from Wellcamp Airport. There is no need to constantly have to travel to Brisbane to board a plane.

15. Wedding venues

Toowoomba is home to some of the country’s most incredible wedding venues including the stunning Gabbinbar Homestead where couples can say I do with a garden ceremony or inside a quaint chapel, as well as Preston Peak Winery where couples become husband and wife under a huge tree overlooking the valley and can celebrate the night inside a picturesque winery.

16. Experience all seasons

Some people believe Toowoomba is too cold but realistically the town experiences all four seasons. Sure, it can get cold in winter but it can get scorchingly hot in summer too and we’re lucky for most of the year we have quite a nice, temperate climate.

17. Top-notch schools

Toowoomba is home to some of the best schools in the state both at a public and private school level. No matter where you live in the region you’ll be able to send your child to a terrific school.

18. Community spirit

The Toowoomba community is one of the most caring and generous you’ll come across. Residents with big hearts are always willing to help out a charity in need or give to the homeless with people donating money, their time or any resources they can spare.

19. Christmas Wonderland

Christmas is a special time of year and to help the town get into the spirit the Lions Club of Toowoomba West turns the Botanical Gardens into a spectacular Christmas Wonderland for all to enjoy.

20. Less than 2.5 hours to the beach

While we don’t have a beach in Toowoomba it’s only a 2.5 hour drive to the Gold Coast or 1.5 hour drive if you’d rather hang out at Southbank in Brisbane.

21. Downhill drive to Brisbane and Gold Coast

It may not be as enjoyable the 100th time you make the drive but the roads between Toowoomba and the Gold Coast or Brisbane are actually pretty beautiful.

Originally published as 21 reasons you should move to Toowoomba in 2021


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