Toowoomba has a population of about 105,000, is situated approximately 700 metres above sea level on the edge of the Great Dividing Range and located 127kms or a 90 minute drive west of Brisbane.
The city is the largest centre in our region and has long been a hub for commerce, industry and education. Toowoomba is considered the capital of the 'Darling Downs' region and is the gateway to the resource-rich Surat Basin Energy Precinct.
Toowoomba supports a large and vibrant business community offering a broad range of shops, banks and professional and trade services. It services a diversity of primary and secondary industries and plays a significant role in the economic development of the southern Queensland area.
Amenities include a library, art gallery, Empire Theatre and council's main service centre, offices and depots. Sporting facilities include an aquatic centre with two swimming pools, two golf courses, and numerous gyms and sporting clubs with courts and ovals.
Toowoomba's excellent educational facilities consist of a vast selection of public and private primary and secondary schools, Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE and the University of Southern Queensland. There are four hospitals and an extensive range of medical practitioners, specialists and therapists.
The city has over 250 parks and gardens including the magnificent Queens Park, Laurel Bank Park, State Rose Garden and the largest Japanese Garden in Australia. The spectacular floral displays in these parks have lead to Toowoomba being affectionately known as the 'Garden City'. Each year the city hosts numerous events including Cyclefest and Shakespeare in the Park, and culminates in the Carnival of Flowers in September.
Toowoomba is thought to be named either after a property in the area in the 1850s, or from an Aboriginal word meaning "place where water sits" or "place of melon" or "place where reeds grow" or "berries place" or "white man".