Brisbane to Toowoomba (2 hrs Travel)
As you begin your tour, heading to your first major stop at Toowoomba, consider a slight detour to see the town of Ipswich, Queensland's oldest provincial city. As such the City Heritage Trail has over 70 beautiful historical buildings to see. Further history can be enjoyed at the Workshops Railway Museum which is Part of the Queensland Museum. There you will find state-of-the-art and wholly interactive displays covering the history of Queensland Rail. To be enjoyed are restored carriages, train simulators and a behind the scenes tour of a working rail workshop. Continuing the rail theme are the Queensland Pioneer Steam Trains which run steam and diesel trains between Swanbank and Bundamba Race Course.
The Ipswich Art Gallery which doubles as a social history museum includes a Children's gallery and frequently has new displays and exhibitions. If you want a bit more fresh air, then why not check out Queens Park (incorporating the Japanese Nerima Gardens, a Lookout, a Wildlife reserve, a Bush Chapel, a Play area and a Kiosk) or the Woodend Nature Centre where you can see up close a flying fox colony from the viewing deck and read about these fascinating animals via the information boards. Other attractions include nearby wineries and the chance of a round at the Brookwater Golf Club which was designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman.
Next on the tour consider detouring to Woodlands of Marburg which is a Heritage listed property on 250 acres. Also in Marburg there is the National Trust listed Marburg Hotel and more nearby wineries.
These are some of the great destinations to see while travelling between Brisbane and Toowoomba. Be sure to add them to your list of places to visit.
- Ipswich - Queensland's Oldest Provincial City
- Heritage City Heritage Trails - over 70 buildings to see
- Ipswich Art Gallery
- Brookwater Golf Club
- Ipswich Motorsport Precinct
- Queens Park (Japanese Nerima Gardens)
- Woodend Nature Centre (flying fox colony)
- Workshops Railway Museum (history of Qld Rail)
- Queensland Pioneer Steam Trains (Steam and Diesel trains)
- Woodlands of Marburg
- National Trust listed Marburg Hotel