The BEST things to do in Toowoomba with Kids | WITH PHOTOS!

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We LOVE this regional city in QLD so we have compiled this list of the best things to do in Toowoomba with kids! From museums to play centres, from camping options hotels equipped with kid friendly facilities, our article will cover everything you need to know to enjoy a stay in Toowoomba.

Best directions to Toowoomba

The best way to get to Toowoomba is by car. It is less than a 2 hour drive from Brisbane CBD, directly west.

However, Toowoomba also has an airport called Wellcamp Airport (WTB). You can fly directly from Wellcamp Airport to Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville and Western Queensland.

Best things to do in Toowoomba with kids

Toowoomba is a great place to go for a day trip from Brisbane. No matter what your kids are into, there is something for everyone in Toowoomba.

Museums for kids

Toowoomba is full of great measures that kids will love. Here’s our top pick of museums in Toowoomba.

Cobb and Co

The Cobb & Co Museum is located in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia and was originally established to house The Cobb & Co. Collection of W. R. F. Bolton consisting of over thirty 19th Century horse drawn vehicles which he collected and had restored over a period of more than thirty years.

Location27 Lindsay St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350

Website: Click here

Highfields Pioneer Village

The Highfields Pioneer Village covers an area of 20 acres of picturesque grounds with over 70 buildings of historic interest, pleasant surroundings and picnic facilities. It is located at 73 Wirraglen Rd Highfields, just 15kms North of Toowoomba.

Location: 73 Wirraglen RdHighfields, Queensland 4352, Australia

Website: Click here

DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum

best things to do in Toowoomba with kids

If you’re a train buff you cannot miss this. Operated by volunteers, DownsSteam is dedicated to establishing a tourist railway. A place for tourists to discover and rediscover their passion for rail. After lovingly restoring trains and carriages they welcome everyone to come along to their regular meetings and events to experience themselves the trains from years gone by.

Location: Ball St & Cambooya St

Website: Click here

Jondaryan Woolshed: Open Air Working Museum

best things to do in Toowoomba with kids

Weddings, camping or cabins…take your pick. Jondaryan Woolshed is the ultimate introduction to farm life for any tourist. Just 40mins from Toowoomba, tuck into a Ploughman’s Lunch in the Woolshed Restaurant and explore this heritage-listed open air museum which is the largest and oldest operating Woolshed in the world. Check out their upcoming events and self-guided tours for that extra rural injection.

Location: 264 Jondaryan Evanslea Road, Jondaryan

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Toowoomba Parks & Gardens

If you’re more into some great parks and gardens, then this will be your favourite part of the article. 

Queens Park

Centrally located in the heart of Toowoomba, you have to visit Queen’s Park. With 7 different areas to explore it’s bound to keep the kids on their toes whilst you rekindle a romance or simply breathe in the the fresh air and take in the moment. Discover the vibrant flowers peppered throughout this expansive heritage park, visit “Frogs Hollow”, the children’s play area, the off leash dog park, the amphitheatre or the ovals throughout the grounds for a fun filled day out.

Location: 43 Lindsay Street, East Toowoomba

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Laurel Bank Park

best things to do in Toowoomba with kids

Laurel Bank Park features large open grass areas so you can play cricket or football, and well kept gardens with beautiful flowers to enjoy, bridges over water features to stroll amongst, picnic tables and BBQs that are under a large covered area and a large playground for your todlers to explore. The playground has swings, rock climbing wall, suspense rope bridge, slides for toddlers as well as a tunnel slide for older kids and a spider’s climbing frame. The soft fall is sand with some areas rubber.

Location: 50 Hill St, Toowoomba City

Picnic Point

best things to do in Toowoomba with kids

What better way to occupy the whole family than to relax at the Picnic Point lookout, enjoy lunch at the café and let imaginations run wild in the children’s playgrounds. The lookouts, gardens, playgrounds and café are famous for their breathtaking views across the Great Dividing Range. With 3 amazing playgrounds including a rocket ship, rotunda and hand-carved witch’s forest, Picnic Point will not disappoint.

Location: 164 Tourist Rd, Toowoomba City

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Japanese Gardens

best things to do in Toowoomba with kids

A touch of tranquillity and stunning Asian culture in south west QLD. Sprawling across 4.5 hectares, and located at the northern side of the USQ campus, this is the most traditionally designed and largest Japanese garden in Australia. Definitely worth a visit.

Location: West Street, University of Southern Queensland,Toowoomba

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Play centres, activity parks & theatres in Toowoomba

Sometimes you need to take your toddler or teen to an indoor activity to help them burn off a little steam. Here are our suggestions for great trampoline and play centres in Toowoomba.

Kloud9ine Trampoline Park

best things to do in Toowoomba with kids

Endless trampolines – interconnected, all shapes and all sizes. Endless opportunities to show off your mid-air skills. Jump of the walls – literally! You can’t miss Toowoomba’s only climate controlled trampoline park with 5 different areas to challenge your fitness and each other. One of our favourite things to do in Toowoomba.

Location: Bernoth Centre, 663 Ruthven Street Toowoomba

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iPlay Café & Playcentre Toowoomba

Designed with fun and safety as a priority for children up to 12yrs old, this play centre is the largest in Toowoomba. They have wifi, parking, specials, competitions, party packages and a café to name just a few of the fantastic features on offer, not to mention endless play equipment bound to challenge and entertain all little minds and bodies.

Location: 323 Ruthven Street Toowoomba

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Empire Theatre Toowoomba

best things to do in Toowoomba with kids

Heritage listed and known for its classic art deco design, the Empire Theatre should be near the top of your to-do list especially if you have kids. With an array of children’s performances, you will almost definitely find something suitable happening for your kids while you are in town.

Location: 54-56 Neil Street Toowoomba

Website: Click here

Best Restaurants & Cafes in Toowoomba

Toowoomba has no shortage of cafes and restaurants, so if you’re a foody, take a close look at these beautiful restaurants and cafes Toowoomba has to offer.

The Chocolate Cottage and Café

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Attention all chocoholics! Located in an 18th Century renovated school house, you’ll be in heaven tasting handmade chocolates whilst sipping on the finest tea the area has on offer. Soak up the sun outside or defrost by the cosy fire inside, either way you’re in for a treat.

Location: 10475 New England Highway, Highfields

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For an even more comprehensive list of kid friendly restaurants in cafes in Toowoomba, see our list here.

Whats on in Toowoomba

The best way to find out whats on in Toowoomba in to use the local Toowoomba council website Whats On Calendar. They will give you information about whats on in Toowoomba today as well as whats on in Toowoomba this weekend.

Whats on in Toowoomba – Seasonal Events

It is best to make a note of these seasonal events that occur in Toowoomba each year. If you are planning to visit make sure you book your accommodation well in advance. All the best places to stay in Toowoomba with kids get booked up quickly during events! See our accommodation recommendations below.

  • Australia Day – January
  • Toowoomba Royal Show – March
  • The annual Hampton High Country Food & Arts Festival – May
  • Languages and Cultures Festival – August
  • Carnival of Flowers – September
  • Christmas and New Year – December

Best things to do near Toowoomba

Bunya Mountains

Bunya Mountains is a locality split between the Western Downs Region and the South Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia. It completes encloses the locality of Mowbullan and the town of Mount Mowbullan is located on the boundary of Bunya Mountains and Mowbullan

Murphy’s Creek Escape

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Fancy camping Toowoomba style? The ultimate camping and adventure experience for the whole family only 20 minutes from Toowoomba at the base of the Toowoomba range. Simply put your feet up and unwind without the interruptions of everyday life. Or for those more adventurous why not take a hike in the Lockyer National Park, take a dip in the creek or try out some awesome activities like abseiling, mountain biking, archery or test your skills on the ropes course.

Location: 356 Thomas Road, Murphy’s Creek QLD

Website: Murphy’s Creek

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