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Toowoomba



 
Toowoomba is a city in the state of Queensland in Australia. The city is within the federal division of Groom. The city of Toowoomba is also known as the Garden City and is famous for its universities and cathedrals. This city is one of the biggest inland cities in the country and also the biggest among all the provincial cities of Australia. The geographic coordinates of Toowoomba are 27o33'South and 151o57'East.The Toowoomba city council is responsible for administration and governance of the city. The council is headed by a mayor and has eight other councilors. The councilors are elected for a term of four years by the citizens. The University of Southern Queensland and University of Queensland are the two most famous universities in Australia which are located here.

The first phase of settlement in Toowoomba began from 1816 but the main influx took place in the mid nineteenth century. In 1892 Toowoomba was given the status of a town and by 1904 it had become a city.

The city of Toowoomba is located at the heart of the Great Dividing Range near the Murray Darling Basin. The city experiences four different seasons and the pristine bloom during the autumn is also celebrated in the city. The climate is more or less moderate and temperature rarely reaches an extreme level. Temperature in winter seldom goes below zero degree and there is very less of snowfall. The average yearly precipitation is 928 millimeter but in the recent years the city has been suffering from low rainfall.

The tourists to Toowoomba who are fond of art can enjoy themselves in the numerous museums and galleries of the area. The Cobb & Co Museum is the most renowned museum in the area. The two most famous galleries are Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and Regional Art Gallery. As Toowoomba is a garden city it has number of parks and gardens. The best time to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of the flowers is during autumn. Some of the parks are chosen by the local residents for celebrating their wedding. There are also a number of national parks near this city like the Crows Nest National Park. The major activities which are popular in Toowoomba are camping and fishing. Lake Cressbrook is a perfect place for the anglers and the campers to enjoy. The two tours conducted from this city are Southern Downs Tour and Eastern Downs Tour.

The Toowoomba city is located very near to Brisbane. New England Highway, Country Way and Warrego Highway are the highways which connect the city. This city has its own airport known as the Toowoomba airport. Though there is a railway service to this city it is only twice a week from Brisbane.

Some of the hotels in Toowoomba are:
  • Comfort Inn Glenfield
  • Best Western Toowoomba Motel
  • Quality Hotel Burke & Wills
  • Eastgate On The Range Toowoomba
  • Best Western Applegum Inn
The city of Toowoomba has a wide array of restaurants and pubs among of which some have even won awards. The local gourmet food and the varied wine collection are served by almost all the restaurants.
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