123 km W of Brisbane CBD
Toowoomba City is a suburb containing its central business district.
- University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
- University of Queensland Medical School located at Toowoomba Hospital
- Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE (Bridge Street campus)
- Toowoomba North State School (1869)
- Holy Name Primary School (Catholic, 1916)
Toowoomba City contains two significant shopping centres, presently under the same ownership. Grand Central Shopping Centre, with a GLA of 46,000 square metres (500,000 sq ft), contains the region’s only Myer store, as well as a Coles, Target and 145 specialty stores. Garden Town Shopping Centre, across Gowrie Creek and containing a GLA of 12,434 square metres (133,840 sq ft) (2009), contains a Supa IGA supermarket, Best & Less and Lincraft along with 40 other stores. Both are currently owned by QIC, following its acquisition of Garden Town in January 2009 from Aspen Group, and there are suggestions the two centres may merge.
Two smaller centres, the Hooper Centre and a homeware centre, and street shopping along Ruthven Street round out the city centre’s retail offerings. There is also a small shopping area on the corner of Ramsay and South streets called Southtown. It contains several eating places, supermarket, newsagent and Post Office.
Toowoomba City is situated at the intersection of the New England Highway and Warrego Highway, and contains Toowoomba railway station (the terminus of the Westlander service) and the city’s bus interchange on Neil Street, from which various buses depart for the suburbs. Toowoomba also has a taxi facility available.