The largest inland city in Australia, Toowoomba is located at the edge of the Great Dividing Range mountains in south-east Queensland. Settlers moved to the area in the 1820s to farm on the rich, fertile land. With elegant country style, well-preserved buildings and a dedicated tourist drive, the city is a popular destination for those who like the benefits of urban life, without the stress and chaos of a big city. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Toowoomba is not only economical but also easy and stress-free!
Known as the "Garden City" Toowoomba boasts over 150 parks and gardens, and each year in September holds the Festival of Flowers, where the whole city fills with colour. Notable parks are the Laurel Bank Park, and the Japanese Gardens, which are the largest of their kind in Australia. Unlike much of Australia, Toowoomba experiences 4 distinct seasons each year, and the planting of deciduous trees throughout the city results in spectacular displays of colour as leaves turn brown and orange in autumn, and flowers bloom in spring. With the mountains in the background, it is obvious why the city is a popular destination.
When arriving in Toowoomba, park your hire car in James Street and head over to the Visitor Information Centre. Here you will find great info on local attractions and what the locals recommend to see and do. For a spectacular view of the city and surrounding area, drive your rental car up to picnic point, where a panoramic lookout awaits. There is also a restaurant at the point, making it an ideal place to enjoy dinner at sunset. Throughout the region surrounding Toowoomba, there is a range of wineries, both large and small, a short scenic drive away.
The tourist drive is particularly recommended for visitors to Toowoomba, and a great way to see the well-preserved buildings of the city. Jump in your rental car and follow the distinctive signs that mark the route, and enjoy the grandeur of the 19th and early 20th-century architecture. Notable buildings to keep an eye out for are the Royal Bull's Head Inn, which was the first building constructed in the area, and the Spring Bluff Railway Station, which these days houses gardens and picnic areas.
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