Are you searching for a relaxing and at the same time awesome things to do on your next vacation? Why not head to Toowoomba also known as The Garden City? As the name suggests, Toowoomba does indeed feature magnificent parks and garden which is the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. But that’s not all because this charming city also features numerous historical sites and heritage locations.
Excited to experience the beauty and the history of this region? Go ahead and invite the whole family. Together you will surely enjoy what Toowoomba has to offer starting with:
Besides being part of the Queensland Museum Network, the Cobb+Co Museum is also home to the National Carriage Collection. Here you will discover around 59 horse-drawn vehicles such as Cobb & Co coaches and the landau which is referred to as the Rolls Royce of carriages.
Aside from seeing these up close, you’ll also learn the vital role this vast range of vehicles played in the development of Queensland. In fact, Cobb+Co Museum features a variety of interactive displays. Your kids can even step back in time just by visiting The Coach Stop play area. Here they can become shop attendants, wear old-fashioned clothing or ride the life-
sized replica horse.
And if you are interested, you can participate in the museum’s Hands-On Workshops program. They offer a range of heritage trades and skills which includes blacksmithing, leatherwork, lead lighting and silversmithing. The classes are only for a small group to ensure that each student is given the proper assistance by their expert artisans to complete the project. You can check out Cobb+Co Museum workshop and book online.
In case you decided to do so, the museum has a coffee shop where you can enjoy a hearty meal. Make sure to try Toowoomba’s best scones! The Cobb’s Coffee Shop is just a short walk across from Toowoomba’s Queens Park.
Are you a fan of ballet or any type of performance art? Then don’t miss your chance to catch a show at the largest performing arts precinct in regional Australia. Not only is Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre a vibrant home to the performing arts, but the theatre is also a heritage-listed art-deco venue.
The Empire Theatre opened its doors on June 29, 1911. But on February 22, 1933 fire broke out leaving the northern and southern walls standing. When the theatre was rebuilt that same year, these walls were incorporated into the new art-deco style. The theatres seating capacity then was 2,400 patrons.
But after years of being Toowoomba’s cultural hub, other forms of entertainment such as television led to its closure in 1971. When the need for a performing arts complex rose, the large theatre underwent an extensive restoration re-opening its doors on June 28, 1997.
After over a hundred years, the heritage-listed theatre still stands and continues to play an important part in the cultural development of the region. Toowoomba’s Empire Theatres also continues to grow and boasts spectacular classic art-deco architecture with state of the art technology as well as other modern additions.
If you don’t have time to catch a show at the Empire Theatres, there is another way you can marvel at their classic art-deco architecture. Simply join the Empire Theatre Tour. They currently offer three tours.
- First is the Whistle Stop Tour, an in-depth tour of their magnificent building and even stand on the iconic Empire Theatre stage. Tours are usually scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 AM.
- Next is the Empire Explorer which is suitable for groups of 15 or more. Besides seeing the stunning architectural features, you will also venture backstage and experience a light and sound demonstration.
- Last is called the Backstage Pass. If you’re a student or a real theatre enthusiast, you will enjoy this all-access technical tour from sound and lighting equipment to the inner workings of the theatre. You can check the schedule and costs here.
Laurel Bank Park
Complete your visit to the Garden City by taking a relaxing walk at one of Toowoomba’s premier parks. The Laurel Bank Park is a wonderland full of scented gardens, spring bulb displays and topiary plants. You will also see floral displays like the Camellia and maple walk and mature trees like the English Oak tree and Lithocarpus Tree.
And since you’re there, why not enjoy a lovely picnic and barbecue with the whole family? Laurel Bank Park offers the perfect setting and facilities such as a large gazebo. This area features free gas barbecues as well as tables and chairs.
But if you prefer to relax and enjoy the breeze, there are several tables and chairs under trees around the park. And while you’re busy preparing, the kids can enjoy various activities available at the children’s playground area.
Book your accommodation today!
Are you ready to experience the beauty and the history of Toowoomba? Then book your accommodation today!
Our Laguna Serviced Apartments Toowoomba is the perfect place as it can give you easy access to the aforementioned attractions. In fact, Laguna Apartments is only a 5-minute walk to Toowoomba’s CBD and within walking distance to cafes, restaurants and close to many other renowned local attractions.
Moreover, Laguna Apartments has the perfect room for you. There’s a one-bedroom apartment which features one Queen size bed suitable for a maximum of two guests.
We also have two types of two-bedroom apartments: standard and deluxe. The two-bedroom standard apartment has a Queen size bed and two single beds while the deluxe has one King size bed and one Queen size bed but both types are suitable for a maximum of four guests.
You’ll also be happy to know that these apartments have everything you need for a relaxing stay. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, individual laundry facilities, reverse cycle air conditioning, complimentary Foxtel, free wireless internet access and a private balcony with superb city views. Also, Laguna Apartments also has an onsite café.
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