July 2, 2019

A Guide To Toowoomba’s Laneway Culture

Toowoomba locals know that the city’s buzzing laneways are the place to be at any time of the week, so it’s no surprise that they’re a big attraction for buyers considering a move to our beautiful city.

Here’s what’s happening amid Toowoomba’s flourishing laneways.

Café culture

Cosy cafes thrive in the hidden pockets and narrow lanes of the CBD, with plenty of spots to grab a coffee and watch the world go by. There’s plenty of variety, from decadent French toast concoctions at Ortem to plant-based options at Full of Life Organics and everything in between. These are some of our favourite places for a latte and delicious meal:

  • Bon Amici
  • Ground Up Espresso Bar
  • Ortem
  • Pump @ 123
  • The Finch
  • Two Birds’ Café
  • Full of Life Organics
  • The Bungalow and Basket

Thriving art scene

Toowoomba is gaining a reputation for its excellent street art scene, with even popular national culture website Pedestrian calling it one of Australia’s best. There are more than 55 stunning pieces of art covering the walls of Toowoomba’s laneways, many of which were made possible through local arts organisation First Coat. Spend a full day wandering the streets of the CBD to discover the artworks, or make a beeline for some of the key areas:

  • Duggan Lane
  • Duggan Street
  • Neil Street
  • Wilcox Lane
  • Club Lane
  • Bank Lane
  • Ruthven Street
  • Little Street
  • Gallery Lane
  • Bowen Street
  • Mark Lane
  • Chronicle Lane
  • Russell Street
  • Station Street
  • Keefe Street
  • Beech Lane
  • Schofield Street
  • Jessie Street
  • Hume Street
  • Snell Street

Festivals and events

The lively nature of the city’s laneways is the perfect fabric for community activities, especially with such strong support from the local council. A great example is the recent Streets & Lanes Festival, which took place throughout the CBD on the 2019 Easter long weekend. The event combined activities organised by local businesses with performances from the area’s best artists and food trucks set up in Art Gallery Park.

September’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers also sets up throughout the CBD, in addition to its park locations, while Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival makes use of the laneway culture in nearby Queens Park.

New laneway and council support

Toowoomba locals are lucky to have a council who recognises the value of the laneway culture, which only became more evident through the announcement of a new laneway being created at 174 Margaret Street. The new laneway will connect Margaret Street and Jessie Street. A draft concept plan has been developed and can be seen here.

Want to buy near Toowoomba’s laneways?

Our agents often have properties for sale right nearby, like these units due for completion in December 2019. In just a 10-minute walk, you can be among this incredible part of Toowoomba’s culture.

Article by Trevor Manteufel

With 16 years experience in selling real estate in Toowoomba & surrounding areas, Trevor is relaxed, approachable & confident, whilst providing you a high level of service, listens to your needs and makes selling your home a positive, and … View profile

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