Toowoomba And Golden West Region
Explore the Western Downs, Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.
In the heart of South East Queensland Country is Toowoomba, situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range. An easy hour drive south of this area, and you are in Steele Rudd Country. Throughout the shires of Cambooya, Pittsworth and Millmerran explore the pioneer history and writings of Arthur Hoey Davis.
North into the Eastern Downs you will explore galleries, nurseries, host farms, bed and breakfasts and museums. Drive the designated Tourist Drives through Crows Nest, Rosalie, Jondaryan, Dalby and the Bunya Mountains.
West of Toowoomba you can broaden your horizons in the Western Downs region. This expansive area covers the shires of Chinchilla, Murilla, Taroom, Tara, Waggamba, Balonne, Bendemere, Bungil, Wambo, Waroo, Millmerran and the towns of Roma and Goondiwindi. Your experiences here will be wide and varied from nature based activities like bushwalking and birdwatching to warm, hearty country cuisine and hospitality.
Stay for a while
Visitors are delighted by the region’s stately 19th century farmhouses, their spacious timber verandahs overlooking gardens blooming with lavender, wisteria and flowering crab-apples, set against subtropical vistas of farms and bushland.
Toowoomba on Queensland’s Darling Downs is a haven for travellers wanting to unwind and indulge in life’s little pleasures. The streets are lined with spreading camphor laurels and cosy coffee houses, bookstores, antique galleries and restaurants. For fine examples of colonial architecture, stroll Mary and Campbell Streets; or discover in the Botanical Gardens and Queens Park a serenity seldom found in a city.
Perhaps stay in town at gracious Vacy Hall, a guesthouse evoking the leisurely spirit of the 1800s. Or opt for Argyle Homestead, a heritage-listed, bed-and-breakfast guesthouse in the country outside Toowoomba, built in 1884 on 19 hectares. Argyle is run by Ross and Julie Smith, who excel at making guests feel welcome. Just down the road, the quaint and homely Farmers’ Arms pub offers delicious country cooking, an impressive wine cellar and an welcoming open fire in winter.
Talgai Homestead, another lovely heritage-listed property, stands on 307.5 hectares of prime grazing land outside the town of Allora in the Southern Downs. Inside this sandstone-block residence, the piano imported from England by the original owners in 1870 is still used. Talgai isn’t far from Toowoomba and the wineries of Stanthorpe. It’s a two-hour drive from Brisbane.
Activites and Experiences at Toowoomba And Golden West Region
- Accommodation Choose from luxury bed and breakfasts and cottages, hotels and motels, caravan parks and host farms. Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, St George, Roma, Chinchilla and Miles each offer a wide choice of accommodation. There is generally a caravan park, hotel and motel in each of the smaller centres.
- Airport St George and Oakey (15 minutes drive west of Toowoomba) are both on Macair’s flight path.
- Ambulance Based in most medium to large towns.
- Banking Facilities The major banks have branches or agencies in the larger towns. Smaller towns have rural transaction centres.
- Coach Stop McCafferty’s travels through the region along routes on: the Warrego Highway from Toowoomba to Roma; the Warrego Highway from Brisbane to Toowoomba; the Gore Highway from Toowoomba to Goondiwindi.
- Convention Centre Each of the major towns offers conference venues. Contact Toowoomba & Golden West Regional Tourist Association for assistance.
- Fuel While fuel stops are located in most towns, plan your fuel stops when highway driving.
- National Park Carnarvon Gorge, Expedition, Crows Nest, The Palms, Bunya Mountains, Ravensbourne National Parks.
- Public Telephone Public phones are available in all towns. Mobile phone coverage is still limited in some parts of the Western Downs.
- Rail Terminal Queensland Rail’s Westlander passenger service travels from Brisbane, through Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma and on to Charleville.
- Visitor Centres Accredited centres are located in Toowoomba, Dalby, Miles, Roma, Injune and St George. Other centres are open in Chinchilla, Surat, Taroom, Wandoan, Tara and some days in Bell and Millmerran.
- Winery The region is home to Queensland’s oldest winery and ten other wineries and vineyards located right throughout the region.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Explore Aboriginal wells, historical displays in the regional galleries and the magnificent Aboriginal cave art displays in Carnarvon Gorge National Park.
- City Toowoomba is Australia’s largest regional inland city.
- Farm/Station The region is dotted with high quality farm stays where you can simply relax or get involved in the everyday activities of farm life.
- Fishing Fish the lakes north of Toowoomba or experience inland fishing at its best throughout the river network of the Western Downs. Fish the great rivers including the Condamine, Balonne, Macintyre and Moonie Rivers.
- Food and Wine Explore the eleven wineries and many award winning restaurants throughout the region.
- Golf Golf enthusiasts will find golf courses in all major towns.
- Historic/Heritage You will be following the footsteps of Ludwig Leichhardt and Sir Thomas Mitchell as you too explore the Toowoomba & Golden West Region. The region has strong links with the old Cobb & Co. coach routes. Visit Cobb & Co. Museum, Cobb & Co. Changing Station, Miles Historical Village, Dogwood Crossing and The Roma Big Rig amongst other attractions.
- Off road Four Wheel Drive Convoy Adventours offer escorted off road tours through this region. Amongst the best of off road terrains are tracks near Crows Nest and around Taroom in the northern Western Downs.
- Rainforest Carnarvon Gorge, the Bunya Mountains, The Palms, Crows Nest and Ravensbourne National Parks contain rainforest climates, vegetation and wildlife.
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