Since opening to visitors in 1860 the Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show has become one of Australia’s leading showground events – and this year the carnival continues to go big with exhilarating rides, world-class music, jetski stunts and circus spectaculars. Find out what’s in the showbag, alongside tips on restaurants, museums and other family attractions for an extra special Toowoomba getaway.
Discover thrills at the Toowoomba Royal Show
Held across three days from Thursday 30th March to Saturday 1st April, the 158th Toowoomba Royal Show promises plenty for young and old, from traditional equestrian, hotrod shows and side alley rides to new guests and events. Soak in the vibes when country music star Beccy Cole hits the stage with country hits spanning a 20-year career. Kids will also love the Bluey and Bingo live performances, with one-on-one bookings available for Friday and Saturday.
For adrenaline-fuelled antics check out the Jetpack Superheroes stunt team when they perform their daredevil antics with water-powered jetpacks and jetskis, from Friday to Sunday. The glamorous Eroni’s Circus will also make a thrilling appearance at the Toowoomba Show, bringing old-world charm, animal spectaculars and clowns to a daily event behind the red curtains.
The Toowoomba Show just wouldn’t be the same without some memorable animal and farm experiences, and this year won’t disappoint kids with horse trotting, pig racing, reptile zoos, petting farms and more. Don’t miss the fashion shows or the exciting fireworks display that lights up the sky on Friday and Saturday at 6:30pm and 8:20pm.
Things to do in Toowoomba for families
For family and kids activities Toowoomba has you covered. Here are some of our recommendations for a great getaway in the Garden City.
The DownSteam Toowoomba Railway Museum is an amazing attraction packed with old-world thrills. Wander explore the rich assemblage of vintage trains and rolling stock, including steam and diesel locomotives. The state-of-the-art Cobb and Co Museum house an immersive collection of history and technology, from historic horse-drawn carts to space exploration.
If that’s enough to work up an appetite, you find plenty of family-friendly restaurants and eateries. The Merignandan Hotel is a local favourite for families, with outdoor eating and great pub food. Enjoy flavours of the world in some of the popular family-friendly diners and restaurants – Sofra Turkish Cuisine and Zevs Bistro are standouts. You’ll also enjoy some great traditional Neapolitan pizza and homemade pasta at Piccolo Papa.
There are many things to do in Toowoomba for free as well. Known as the Garden City, Toowoomba is home to beautiful gardens and parks. Explore the lake and waterfall in the Japanese Garden or picnic amongst the stunning floral beds in Queens Park and Botanic Gardens. Picnic Point Parklands lookout has sweeping views of the Great Dividing Range, overlooking Main Range and the Lockyer Valley, with plenty of bushwalking trails.
Don’t miss the Toowoomba Famers Markets, held every Saturday under the windmills of the Cobb and Co Museum. Filled with seasonal produce, local meats, hand-made bread and plenty of homemade treats, this is a perfect place to relax with a quality coffee and a bite. The Toowoomba Makers Market is another great place to browse for local treasures, food and goods.
Where to stay
Nestled in a quiet, tree-lined street, The Comfort Inn Grammar View is in a great location and an easy stroll away from the heart of Toowoomba. The Comfort Inn Glenfield is also within walking distance to shops and restaurants, and only a short drive to the Preston Peak Winery.