Memorial to Gunsynd at Goondiwindi

Cobb & Co Museum at Toowoomba

Historical Museum at Chinchilla

Main towns in this Region


  • Toowoomba is noted for its beautiful parks and gardens and is known as the 'Garden City of Queensland'. Surrounded by rich agricultutal land and set among the Great Dividing Range, it is the major town of the highly productive Darling Downs.
    Toowoomba developed as a transport centre for the Western Districts. In 1867 a railway line was constructed up the ranges allowing goods to be shipped more easily. Prior to this Cobb & Co coaches serviced the area making Toowoomba their base. In 1856 they were running coaches from there to Ipswich, Warwick and west to Dalby, Roma and Charleville. The last of these coach routes in Australia ran from St George to Surat and on to Yuleba, in 1924.
    Queensland was the only place in Australia where coaches and aeroplanes operated at the same time. The Cobb & Co Museum in Lindsay Street covers the history of the company and the town.
    The area known as the Golden West, extends over 157,000 square kilometres. It includes a vast expanse of south east rural Queensland including the Darling Downs and has some of the most attractive country towns in Australia. There is much to see including museums, national parks and conservation parks, and natural scenery abounds. Accommodation is plentiful and includes heritage listed homes, motels, hotels, caravan parks , campsites, and B&Bs.
    Activities include hot-air ballooning, motorcycle tours, bushwalking, fishing, horse-riding and visiting some of the wineries in the south.
    Toowoomba is only an hour drive from Brisbane along the Warrego Highway and offers a great alternative to the glitz and glamour of the coast.

    There is always something to suit your needs or budget. See the individual town information below for more details.

  • 'Ju Raku En' Japanese Gardens - Toowoomba

  • Royal Bulls Head Inn (National Trust) - Toowoomba

  • Chinchilla Historical Museum - Chinchilla
    Features a fully-functional steam-powered sawmill, believed to be the only one in the southern hemisphere. There is a slab cottage, a collection of steam-driven machinery, a copy of the first isued QANTAS air ticket, and vintage and horse-drawn equipoment.

  • Cobb & Co Museum - Toowoomba
    Learn about the history of transport in the area and see a Cobb & Co coach.

  • Clifford House - Toowoomba
  • Kensington House - Toowoomba
  • Jubilee Park - Toowoomba
    A 293Ha park between Prince Henry Heights and Mackenzie St, with five graded walks from 1 to 4 kilometres.

  • Gunsynd - 'The Goondiwindi Grey' Statue - Goondiwindi.
    Gunsynd raced as a miler between 1969 and 1973 winning the Cox Plate and Doncaster among his 29 wins. A statue to its memory will be found here in Gunsynd Way.

  • Bernborough Statue - Oakey.
    Bernborough was one of Australia's most famous racehorses and a statue to its memory will be found here in the main street.

  • Redwood Park - Toowoomba
    Bushwalking and picnic area off the Warrego Hwy or Prince Henry Dve. 197 Ha park with a forest walk.

  • Miles Historical Village - Miles
    The Miles Historical Village and Museum is an open-air museum located in Murilla St., Miles. The village consists of 30 buildings and opened in 1971.

  • Steele Rudd's Shingle Hut. - Cambooya
    Arthur Hoey Davis, AKA Steele Rudd, wrote the famous Australian series of 'Dad and Dave'. Born in 1868 his family owned land at Emu Creek and today you can still see the home of the Davis family around which the stories were based. It is 27km along the New England Hwy towards Warwick from Toowoomba where a sign will be seen on the left.

    There are many more attractions in the Toowoomba and Golden West area - contact the Visitor Centres below.



  • Toowoomba Information Centre.
    86 James St. Toowoomba. Queensland 4350
    Telephone: 07 4639 3797

  • Goondiwindi Regional Visitor Information Centre.
    McLean St. Goondiwindi, Queensland 4390
    Telephone: 07 4671 2653

  • Chinchilla Tourist Information Centre.
    Warrego Hwy. Chinchilla. Queensland 4413
    Telephone: 07 4679 4491

  • Dalby Visitor Information Centre.
    Thomas Jack Park, Drayton St. Dalby. Queensland 4405
    Telephone: 07 4679 4461

  • Roma Visitor Information Centre.
    2 Riggers Rd. Roma. Queensland 4455
    Telephone: 07 4622 8676

  • St George Visitor Information Centre.
    114 The Terrace. St George. Queensland 4487
    Telephone: 07 4620 8877

    By car along the Warrego Hwy. west of Brisbane
    Along the New England Hwy from New South Wales.
    It is serviced daily by coach and rail from Brisbane.
    It has an airport serviced by SkyTrans

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