Toowoomba city has built a reputation over many years to become known as the Garden City of Queensland. With fresh mountain air and rich volcanic soils, this spot on the top of the Great Dividing Range has been an ideal location for the cultivation of some of the most magnificent park and garden settings in Australia.

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All four seasons are experienced in Toowoomba. Winter brings the crisp mountain air and warm, earthy tonings. Spring is the most colourful and playful time of the year in Toowoomba.

The arrival of the Spring season is celebrated every year by the Carnival of Flowers. Visitors flock to the city from far and wide to tour the award winning private gardens and experience this week-long event of fun and festivities.

From coffee shops to silver service restaurants, from international cuisine to hearty steakhouse menus, from a-la- carte to buffet as well as hotel meals and take-away outlets, Toowoomba offers all the dining choices one could ever desire.

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Toowoomba is rapidly acquiring a reputation as a city of fine restaurants. A selection of these restaurants operate from restored colonial homes, adding charm and atmosphere to any breakfast, lunch or evening meal.

Wherever you choose to eat in Toowoomba you will find that the people are friendly, the food is tasty, the atmosphere is relaxed and the good times abound. Many eating houses are located centrally to the entertainment heart of town, allowing after dinner activities to be easily accessed in order to top off a good night out.

The city of Toowoomba has achieved recognition as a centre for academic excellence.

A number of private primary and secondary schools and Christian Colleges service the educational needs of young people from all throughout Queensland. With well established reputations to uphold, these schools offer the ultimate in academic as well as sporting opportunities.

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Further studies are offered by both the Technical And Further Education (TAFE) and the University of Southern Queensland. The University is modern and rapidly growing, with 13,000 students enrolled in an ever-expanding range of career-oriented courses. High quality and innovative teaching programmes have also earned the University of Southern Queensland a reputation as a leader in Distance Education.

The Performing Airs Centre at the University regularly hosts a wide range of outstanding music, choral and drama performances, showcasing the talent of students, staff and visiting professionals.

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