Life in Toowoomba
Life in Toowoomba
Welcome to Toowoomba. We know you are going to love living in Toowoomba and have a great time if you are passing through.
Is Toowoomba a good place to live?
Yes, Toowoomba is a great place to live or visit. Below our guide to Toowoomba will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.
Visas required to live in Toowoomba
If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Toowoomba, you are going to need a visa to do so. Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Toowoomba. Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.
If you are moving to Toowoomba and want to find a job in Toowoomba we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Toowoomba for new arrivals. Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.
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Toowoomba ( tə-WUUM-bə, nicknamed ‘The Garden City’ and ‘T-Bar’) is a city in the Toowoomba Region of the Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia. It is 125 km (78 mi) west of Queensland’s capital city Brisbane by road. The estimated urban population of Toowoomba as of June 2021 was 140,303, having grown at an average annual rate of 1.02% over the preceding five years. Toowoomba is the second-most-populous inland city in the country after the national capital of Canberra and hence the largest city on the Darling Downs, and it is among the largest regional centres in Queensland. It is also referred to as the capital of the Darling Downs.
The Toowoomba region is the home of two main Aboriginal language groups, the Giabal whose lands extend south of the city and Jarowair whose lands extend north of the city.
The Jarowair lands include the site of one of Australia’s most important sacred Bora ceremonial ground, the ‘Gummingurru stone arrangement’ dated to c.4000 BC. The site marked one of the major routes employed by many Aboriginal tribes to the south and southeast to participate in the triennial bunya nut feast. The feast was Australia’s largest Indigenous event, and of cultural and spiritual significance.
The first European knowledge of the area was recorded when English botanist Allan Cunningham explored the region in 1827 and named it after Ralph Darling, then Governor of New South Wales. British drays began arriving from 1840, enticed by the rich pastoral lands, and established the settlement of Drayton in 1842. During the War of Southern Queensland, violent conflict erupted as Indigenous tribes attempted to force drays from encroaching on the Darling Downs, with the Battle of One Tree Hill being fought near Toowoomba.
William Horton founded the Royal Bull’s Head Inn in 1847, and in 1852 he invested in a new hotel in the area known as ‘The Swamp’. A rivalry between this newfound settlement (later renamed to Toowoomba) and the previously established town of Drayton eventually ended when Toowoomba outgrew and absorbed Drayton as time went on. The town elected its first mayor in 1861, former convict William Henry Groom, and by 1867 it was connected by rail to Ipswich, which was also the first over the Great Dividing Range. In 1904 Toowoomba was declared a city, and saw the Austral Society founded there by the esteemed national poet George Essex Evans. Over the 20th century, Toowoomba expanded from a primarily agriculture-based economy to provide services with increasing demand such as advanced education and medical facilities.
A university and cathedral city, Toowoomba is largely preserved of its Victorian era architecture and gardens of which there are more than 150 public parks including the historic Queens Park. The city hosts the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers each September and national championship events for the sports of mountain biking and motocross. Toowoomba is served by Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and the smaller Toowoomba City Aerodrome. In recent years Toowoomba has seen high rise developments built to accommodate high population growth in the region.
Hotels and Accommodation in Toowoomba
There are all types of accommodation available in Toowoomba. The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save Bookdirectandsave.com
This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and booking.com but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.
Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.
Toowoomba is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.
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Doctors and Medical clinics in Toowoomba
You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.
Contact one of the Toowoomba Electricians below
Hospitals in Toowoomba
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Pest Control in Toowoomba
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