White men first
entered the area in 1816, an English botanist Mr Allan
Cunningham explored the area and named the region The
Darling Downs after the then Governor of NSW Sir Ralph
Darling. The location of the city was originally a swamp and
it is believed that the name came from the aboriginal word
for water reeds Woomba Woomba other theories exist but
nobody knows for sure. The town was given this name by a Mr
Thomas Alford whose wife was the first to give birth to a
European baby in the location.
Toowoomba today has over
1,044 hectares of parkland including the beautiful Botanic
Gardens which are a major highlight of the Carnival of
Flowers held each September. With over 150 parks and gardens
this city is one for the plant lover with the best time to
visit in the spring. Like any major centre there is more
to see than the flowers, with well preserved colonial buildings,
museums, wineries, theatres and much much more.
Check out our listing of
accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more
attractions, tours, local maps and other information.