Couples fly across world to say 'I do' at city homestead
GABBINBAR Homestead is a major contender in the Toowoomba tourism market, bringing sustainable year-round tourism to the garden city.
As Queensland's destination wedding venue, Gabbinbar Homestead hosts up to four weddings a week with guests flying into Toowoomba from all over Australia and even the world.
Gabbinbar Homestead showcases Toowoomba's beautiful gardens, the region's culinary delights and offers guests the unique opportunity to view one of Toowoomba's historical homesteads.
Gabbinbar Homestead director Isaac Moody said there was no doubt the Wellcamp Airport has been a game changer for the business.
"Since the airport has been built, bookings have increased significantly. It is now just as convenient to host your wedding in Toowoomba as the major cities because we have direct flights available from Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Townsville," Mr Moody said.
Considered high value tourists, guests attending weddings at Gabbinbar Homestead support a number of local Toowoomba businesses during their stay and contribute up to 500 room nights each week, right throughout the year.
While staying in Toowoomba, guests use the local taxi services, support the thriving local food and wine scene as well as the abundance of retail offerings throughout the Toowoomba CBD.
"We have four full-time wedding planners here at Gabbinbar Homestead and they often also take on the role of a 'local tour guide'. Our wedding planners provide our Gabbinbar couples with numerous recommendations on the best places to eat and drink, where to stay and activities to entertain their guests whilst staying in Toowoomba," Mr Moody said.
He said guests experienced the very best of what Toowoomba has to offer when attending a wedding at Gabbinbar Homestead.
When guests walk through the homestead gates they can admire the 25 acres of beautiful gardens which surround the homestead.
Guests can then step inside the historic homestead which was first established in 1863 as the former summer resort for Queensland's governors and still exudes a charm from the bygone era.
To wrap up their experience, guests will have the opportunity to taste some of the region's finest food with a delicious gourmet meal prepared by Gabbinbar's head chef Bernhard Kohlhuber.
"We believe each couple and guest who walk through the gates should have a memorable experience. Toowoomba has so much to offer tourists and we are proud to introduce and welcome guests to our region," said Mr Moody.
With six distinctly beautiful ceremony locations across the estate, both indoors and outdoors, Gabbinbar Homestead consistently hosts weddings throughout the entire year no matter what the season.
"Year-round sustainable tourism is vital to the Toowoomba tourism market and ensures our local businesses thrive throughout the year. ''
This contribution to the Toowoomba community was recently recognised with Gabbinbar Homestead taking out Business of the Year at last year's Heritage Bank Business Excellence Awards.