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Rex Airlines flies direct between Brisbane and
Toowoomba. Flight time 40 minutes. Drive time
from Brisbane is one hour 45 minutes.
The taste for Asian food is booming in Toowoomba and Club
Lane in particular has become quite an eat street with Skewers
flanked by Royal Asian and Thai Majestic, adding to popular
Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants in the city.
But the newest neighbour in Club Lane has become an instant hit –
The 3rd Monkey is a sweet treat open every day until late and it has
been recently voted Toowoomba’s best dessert bar.
Also open late is Muller Bros (25 Bell Street), a café, restaurant and
rooftop bar in a rejuvenated Federation building that was once home
to a gun shop and hardware store, motorcycle workshop, second-
hand retail and a book store. Its food specialty is another surprise
– Brazilian barbecue – perhaps a subtle reference to the explorer
who ‘discovered’ Toowoomba, English botanist Allan Cunningham
who arrived in the area after an expedition to Brazil and named the
rich farming land bordered by the Great Dividing Range ‘Darling
Cafés like Little Seed by Firefly (100 Russell Street), established in
a converted workshop with exposed brick walls, a mural (naturally),
eclectic furniture and trailing plants (and there’s a herb garden out
the back), are champions of the local farming community, choosing
locally sourced, ethical and sustainable produce and, as advocates of
‘conscious eating’, Little Seed owners Jess and Asher Andrews have
recently taken a big leap to focus on a menu of vegan dishes.
Meanwhile, Fiona May has been a driving force behind bringing
the farm experience closer to the city, establishing the Toowoomba
Farmers Market (twice a month) and opening up her farm for
the Paddock to Potager experience where visitors can collect eggs,
harvest fresh food, have close encounters with farm animals, attend
workshops and learn about farm life, about 30 minutes drive from
Toowoomba (176 Merritts Creek Road, Pechey).
Jondaryan Woolshed, the largest operating woolshed in the
world, also about 30 minutes drive from Toowoomba, has been
preserved by the local community to offer a glimpse into farming
life the way it was in the pioneering days of the 1840s. In its heyday
it was a massive pastoral station where 250,000 sheep were sheared
each season. Today the Woolshed plays host to old time dances and
special events and visitors can take self-guided tours of buildings, see
demonstrations, eat damper and ride carts.
Travelling south from Toowoomba towards Warwick, Rudd’s
Pub in Nobby serves up steaks as big as the plate and a good bit of
memorabilia with a few schooners. This is the pub where village local
and writer Steele Rudd (real name Arthur Hoey Davis) came up with
the characters ‘Dad and Dave’, writing comic tales of shenanigans
of the Rudd family in
On Our Selection
with the help of a few pints!
The stories have since been adapted for radio, television and film and
today there’s an impressive collection of Steve Rudd memorabilia
lining the walls – photographs, posters, newsletter clippings,
paintings and the author’s books from floor to ceiling.
Find out more atwww.southernqueenslandcountry.com.au
and view sample drive itineraries athttp://tcof.com.au/visitor-
The city has not lost any of its
country charm but it has found
a new lease on life