Scenic & Tasty Self-Paced Trips

Scenic & Tasty Self-Paced Trips

Driving yourself is the perfect way to explore the Toowoomba Region as you can pull over anytime and take a rest or take a selfie! You can explore at your own pace and go wherever your heart desires. Jump in the car and travel from attractions, gourmet restaurants, and some of the best quirky pubs in town!

We’ve done the hard work and designed a selection of themed self-drive foodie itineraries so you can make the most of your visit to Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Discover the foodie highlights of Toowoomba and surrounds with these local trips. Plan your trip and spend a few days in the region.

Girls Weekend

Laneway cocktail bars to airy loft restaurants, Toowoomba has the perfect destinations for your next girls weekend. Relax because we’ve done the work for you – the best food and drink in town await!

Local’s Foodie Guide

We’ve put this foodie itinerary together to help with some of the decision-making – there’s just so much to choose from here! Featuring classic pubs, industrial cafés, “chic” hatted restaurants and more, you’ll be sure to return home very full of both food and memories.


With public parks left, right and centre – as well as foodie spots to stock up on supplies – Toowoomba is perhaps the perfect picnicking city (if we do say so ourselves). We’ve rounded up some of our favourite spots to spread a blanket, as well as our selections of picnic foods from local shops and cafés.

Beers and Burgers

Whether it’s a takeaway dinner to feed the family or a gastropub feed for a crowd, Toowoomba takes the combination of beers and burgers very seriously. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite combinations across the city, with options for families, Sunday sessions and sports bar traditionalists.


Toowoomba’s nightlife has always included good oldfashioned country pubs, but there’s a slew of new bars popping up for lovers of wine and cocktails too. Whether you’re after an Old Fashioned or a jug of sangria to share, there’s something here with your name on it.

Fill Your Esky

The produce in Toowoomba is worldclass fresh goodness! Fill your esky or picnic basket with some of the most delicious meats, cheeses and artisan-made products available, while supporting local producers.

Country Pubs

There will always be a place in our hearts for a proper country pub meal! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite traditional pubs in the region, all serving up cold ones and rump steaks generation after generation! You’ll find all of these pubs within a scenic 30 minute drive from Toowoomba.

Favourite Foodie Finds

Sitting as we do in Queensland’s food bowl, it’s no wonder Toowoomba is turning out some seriously incredible venues. This round-up includes our local favourites – the places we take people when we want to show off how great our city is! From the best croissants outside of Paris to social enterprises supporting our local migrant and refugee community.


Although no longer a ‘country town’, Toowoomba has very strong ties to the local producers and farmers in the greater Darling Downs region. So it’s no wonder we’re serious about our meat here! For fellow meatlovers, we’ve rounded up a selection of local restaurants who know their rump from their rib eye.

Vegan Friendly

For a whole host of reasons, people are making the switch to plantbased foods and looking for cafés and restaurants who will accommodate them. Toowoomba has more and more menus that are either completely
vegan or vegan-friendly (as in, they offer more than one measly garden salad).

Foodie Families

Do you have a budding little foodie in your family? Luckily there’s a whole range of kid-friendly adventures in Toowoomba  that are all about food and drink – from museums to handmade chocolates. Get out and about for some foodie exploring!

City Pubs

The hospitality scene in Toowoomba is changing but even with funky cafes and cool bars, there will always be room for the classic pub meal! We’ll let you in on some of our favourite pubs in town, all serving great meals and a range of cold drinks for everyone.

Regional Bevvy

We’ve done the hard work for you and found some of the best breweries in the region. From craft beers and ciders to family friendly soft drinks, you can go behind-the-scenes and experience how your favourite drop is brewed.

Best of Brunch

Call it a late breakfast or an early lunch, but brunch is a delicious meal that combines the best of both worlds. We’ve showcased some of the best cafés that let us sleep in a little longer and cater to every appetite.

Explore the beauty of Toowoomba, discover our spectacular public parks, colourful gardens and vibrant community events with one or two (or all!) of these itineraries.

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