6 reasons to add Toowoomba to alternative travel list

CULT fashion title Grazia visited Toowoomba earlier this year and fell in love with the picturesque beauty of our town.

So much so that the Grazia team complied listicle titled 6 reasons to add Toowoomba to your alternative travel bucket list.

The list describes Toowoomba as an ideal place for royalty, street artists and style hunters.

It reads: "For those who haven't visited Toowoomba, it's easy to stereotype it as just another country town that's tricky to spell and offers a handful of antiquities museums, but 48 hours there is literally all it will take to convince you otherwise."

"There's rural charm in buckets, but also an edgy underground arts movement, café culture and progressive street style tone sported by local university students."

Toowoomba residents already know why Toowoomba is such a great place to live but for those who have never been to the Garden City here is six reasons to add it to your alternative travel bucket list:

  • It's the biggest inland city in Australia outside Canberra

With more than 110,00 people in Toowoomba the only thing "country" about our town is the original sandstone buildings on the main street that have been converted into cafes and private residences.

	First Coat, a street art festival consisting of multiple large scale murals being painted by artists on walls throughout the city.
First Coat, a street art festival consisting of multiple large scale murals being painted by artists on walls throughout the city. Bev Lacey
  • There's an edgy modern art scene that's social post perfect

The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery opened in 1937 and is the oldest public space of its kind in the state but it is the outdoor art that draws major attention.

Many inner city alleyways are covered with incredible pieces of art thanks to the launch of the First Coast Festival.

An artist's impression of the new Grand Central.
An artist's impression of the new Grand Central.
  • It has a shopping centre there that deserves its own postcode

When Grand Central Shopping Centre's $500 million redevelopment is complete mid next year it will span across 96,000 sqm.

It is home to international brands such as H&M and Mecca Maxima.

There will also be a dining precinct and food market.

Carnival of Flowers 2016. Grand Central Floral Parade.
Carnival of Flowers 2016. Grand Central Floral Parade. Bev Lacey
  • The Carnival of Flowers showcases wine and food too

There is little secret about the success of Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers.

It won the gold award in the major festivals and events category at the Queensland Tourism Awards this year and Grazia points out there is 150 parks and gardens in the city that tick the nature stroll boxes.

  • The Jondaryan Woolshed is like stepping onto a movie set

Once a working wool station, now a convention venue popular for weddings, it's one of the region's biggest draw cards and a must-visit if you're anywhere near the area.

  • Mesmerising downhill drive from there to Brisbane or the Gold Coast

It may not be as enjoyable the 100th time you make the drive but Grazia points out that the drive between Toowoomba and the Gold Coast or Brisbane is actually pretty beautiful.



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