Toowoomba can be found in the beautiful Australian state of Queensland and is known as ‘The Garden City’ thanks to being home to around 150 public parks and gardens. Expats living in Toowoomba will quickly come to notice that the city is different from many other Australian towns and cities because of its abundance of deciduous trees which provide a great display of color in the fall, something rare in a country that is mainly covered in evergreen forests. Toowoomba is 79 miles west of Brisbane, capital of Queensland, and has a population of around 158,000. The area was first explored by the English botanist Allan Cunningham in 1816. The town itself was first surveyed in 1849 and soon had its own trading post, newspaper and the Royal Bull’s Head Inn, which newly arrived expats living in Toowoomba will find still standing and which is now preserved by the National Trust. Expatriates in Toowoomba with an eye for architectural heritage will discover much to admire in Toowoomba, including Toowoomba City Hall, The Empire Theatre and the Cobb & Co Museum to name but a few.
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Toowoomba is well served by public transport, with several suburban bus routes, inter-city buses and a twice-weekly train service from Brisbane. Toowoomba Airport is home to the famous Royal Flying Doctor service, with Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and Business Park under construction and set to become Queensland’s premier airport precinct and business park. Expatriates moving to Toowoomba can use the forums at InterNations and get chatting about living in this stunning part of Australia which, being typically Australian, is definitely geared towards anyone interested in sport. Toowoomba’s main sport is rugby league but Aussie Rules football is also pretty big and played by four senior teams in the area. Expats moving to Toowoomba will be able to enjoy a sub-tropical climate with four clear seasons, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below freezing and with 102.7° F the highest temperature ever recorded in Toowoomba.
Toowoomba is a university and cathedral city as well as a regional focus for business and government related services. The city is home to many Australian Defence Force personnel from the nearby Oakey Army Aviation Centre. Toowoomba is furthermore home to the head offices of Australia’s largest mutual bank, Heritage Bank. The retail, construction, food processing and energy sectors are all important areas of economic development. Any expatriate working in Toowoomba can find out more through the InterNations expat community where they can share their experiences of life here. One topic sure to come up is the city’s annual Australian Carnival of Flowers, which is held in September and Easterfest, held every Easter. Other attractions include the local Japanese Garden and the Crows’ Nest National Park.