Scenic flights over the Toowoomba Region.
Scenic flights over the Toowoomba Region.

10 things to do in the Toowoomba region this month

WHEN you live in such a diverse area, you can always find something to do.

Toowoomba Region has so many markets, gardens and museums for you to explore.

Here are our tips for 10 activities that are no to be missed.

1. DARLING DOWNS AREO CLUB

TAKE off from Toowoomba Airport and fly over our beautiful region. Enjoy a flight over Toowoomba's beautiful city, the spectacular Great Dividing Range or the Tabletop Mountains.

Up to three passengers can enjoy a 30-minute scenic flight in a Cessna 182RG aircraft. A one-hour scenic flight is also available.

Located at Mutze Street, Toowoomba. For details call 46342777 or email admin@ddac.com.au

 

Have some fun at the Bull and Barley Inn on Australia Day.
Have some fun at the Bull and Barley Inn on Australia Day.

2. BULL & BARLEY INN

LOCATED in the heart of Cambooya, a quaint country town nestled on the city outskirts south of Toowoomba, just off the New England Highway.

Enjoy good old fashioned hospitality at the Bull & Barley Inn and experience the authentic 1900's old world atmosphere, with displays of interesting historic photographs.

Australia Day festivities to be held on Thursday, January 26, from 11am to 5pm, with live entertainment by OWIE.

There will also be a mechanical bucking bull with a champion bull rider prize of an Esky full of stubbies, refereed adult and children's sumo suit wrestling, and a giant 'Bull Rush' jumping castle.

Bull & Barley Inn is located at 61 Eton Street, Cambooya. For details call 4696 1235 or email info@bullandbarleyinn.com.au

3. THE TOOWOOMBA FARMERS' MARKET

ON THE second and fourth Saturday of every month, 7am to 11am, the Toowoomba Farmers' Market will offer all things foodie, farm, country and community.

It aims to give our local and wider community a chance to buy fresh seasonal food direct from the people who grew it. To learn of their food's origin and its journey.

4. DOWNSSTEAM TOURIST RAILWAY AND MUSEUM

RIDE the tourist railway for the Darling Downs region.

Downstream is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, between 9am and 3pm. Visit www.downssteam.com or the Downstream Facebook page for more details.

DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum is located in Toowoomba, Queensland. Approximately a 1 hour and 30-minute trip west from Brisbane along the Warrego Highway.

5. ARTSWORX - TOO MANY SOPRANOS AT TWILIGHT

THE road to fame is never easy. Follow the hilarious journey of soprano "wannabes", played by Clarissa Foulcher, Calista Walters and Cassie Midgley, as they pursue their dream of one day making it big on stage.

Will they survive yet another Sondheim audition? Is being a star really all it's cracked up to be? And what really happened to Cinderella on the steps of the palace?

A reception in the University of Southern Queensland Arts Gallery will follow the recital, where refreshments will be served. The recital will be held on Wednesday, February 8, from 6pm to 7.30pm, at USQ, West Street, Toowoomba. Call 4631 1111 for details.

6. TATTERSALL'S CLUB LANDSCAPE ART PRIZE

SINCE 1990, Tattersall's Club has conducted an acquisitive Landscape Art Prize. This is a prestigious annual event featuring high-calibre works by some of Australia's most celebrated artists working in this genre.

In 2015, Tattersall's Club celebrated its 150th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone and to mark 25 years of the Landscape Art Prize, Tattersall's Club Committee has made available a selection of winning entries to tour to regional Queensland centres to share with art lovers and the general public.

The exhibition is on display until February 12, at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, 531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Admission is free with the gallery open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm. Closed Mondays and public holidays.

 

Cobb & Co Museum.
Cobb & Co Museum.

7. COBB & CO MUSEUM

EXPERIENCE Australia's finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles at Cobb & Co Museum.

Discover how horse-drawn vehicles shaped our social history and impacted on Australia's development, through interactive displays and daily guided tours at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

The National Carriage Collection features 47 vehicles of different types, each of which played a significant role in the development of Queensland.

Cobb & Co Museum is located at 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba, and is open 9.30am to 4pm daily. Have A Go session at 11.30am.

For details call 4659 4900. Entry is: adult $12.50, concession $10, child (3-15 years) $6.50, child (under 3 years) free, family (1 adult and up to 3 children) $25, family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $32.

8. SUZI QUATRO - LEATHER FOREVER ENCORE TOUR

WITH A career now spanning over 50 years of performing, it's "one more time for Suzi" as she returns in February for her 31st national tour.

Suzi will bring Andy Scott from The Sweet on guitar and vocals, and Don Powell from Slade on drums. They will perform as QSP for the opening act.

Suzi plays Monday, February 6, at 8pm at the Empire Theatre, 54-56 Neil Street, Toowoomba. Call 1300 655 299.

9. ABBIE LANE TWILIGHT MARKETS

COME along on the first Friday of the month and have a magical market experience, from 4pm to 8pm.

The markets are located at 10522 New England Highway, Highfields. Free entry. For enquiries call 46155829 or go to www.facebook.com/abbielanehighfields.

 

FLOWERS AND FUN: The beautiful and very colourful Laurel Bank Park Toowoomba.
FLOWERS AND FUN: The beautiful and very colourful Laurel Bank Park Toowoomba.

10. LAUREL BANK PARK

LAUREL Bank Park is one of Toowoomba's premier parks and provides a majestic oasis close to the heart of town.

The park features manicured gardens, mature trees, children's play equipment, barbecue and picnic areas and two croquet lawns and is a must-see destination during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in spring, when the gardens come alive with colour and natural splendour.

Take your time and enjoy the many features of Laurel Bank Gardens, including all season topiary, scented gardens, spring bulb display, camellia and maple walk, children's ornament garden, topiary hedge, Thomas the Tank Engine train, main floral display and viewing platform, and peach walk.

Laurel Bank Park is also one of the locations for Toowoomba Regional Council's Summer Tunes program, an initiative which provides free, live-music in our parks.

Located at Hill Street, Toowoomba. Car parking can be found in Herries and Hill Streets, as well as off-street parking accessed from Hill Street.


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