Toowoomba is a fresh meeting destination, something different to the usual beach or city locations.
As the capital of the Darling Downs region, Toowoomba is the gateway from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast to the western downs which is currently experiencing a resources boom.
Conference organisers are surprised to discover just how well equipped Toowoomba is for meetings and events. As the city already services over 160,000 residents (second only to Canberra in terms of non-coastal population), infrastructure and services are already in place.
There are lots of reasons why meeting organisers should consider meeting in Toowoomba:
- 80 meeting venues
- Variety of accommodation options
- Value for money
- Destination experiences to suit
- Readily accessible
- Big city services
- Conference bureau to help
- Key industries and events
1. 80 meeting venues
With both contemporary and heritage styles available, maximum capacity is up to 2,200 theatre style with 14 venues available for 400+ delegates. For a selection, see venues or venues with accommodation.
2. Variety of accommodation options
There are nearly 2,000 rooms offering nearly 4,000 beds in Toowoomba city with a further 300 rooms available in the surrounding area. Accommodation styles are available to suit every delegate type. Choose from a variety of standards up to 4.5 star including hotels, motels. B & Bs, self-contained, caravan parks, pubs, farm stay, camp/dormitory. For more, see accommodation or venues with accommodation.
3. Value for money
Our regional location provides excellent value for money without comprising quality. In Toowoomba, you’ll find a dedicated meeting location without distractions and big city services delivered with friendly, personal service.
4. Destination experiences to suit
It’s not only what goes on in the classroom that matters, but what happens outside it that makes a great meeting. If delegates or partners are interested in horticulture, food, wine, golf, history or seeking outdoor adventures, there’s an experience that can be customised to match interests, needs and budgets. The four distinct seasons provide a fresh reason to get outside the classroom.
5. Readily accessible
Toowoomba is an easy 90-minute drive west from Brisbane by car or coach, with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other regional Queensland locations. Jet capable Wellcamp Airport opened at the end of 2014 with QantasLink flights from Sydney and Airnorth from Melbourne connecting Toowoomba nationally. Regional Express provided flights to regional locations within Queensland Centrally located at the gateway between the city and the country, Toowoomba is also easily accessible from the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast. More about location and getting here.
6. Big city services
More than 160,000 people reside in the Toowoomba Regional Council area, so the region has well-established products and services. As the largest regional city in Australia, excluding Canberra, Toowoomba uniquely combines big city services and convenience without the associated stress or costs.
7. Conference bureau to help
Business tourism bureau, Toowoomba Conferences, provides free advice, matching services available with organiser needs, saving valuable running around time. It would be our pleasure to help plan your next conference, meeting or event in Toowoomba.
8. Key industries and events
There are a number of events and key industries located in the region to dovetail with. Major events include agricultural, horticulture, music and mining events with key industries including education & training, financial & insurance services, oil & gas extraction, agriculture and manufacturing.