Toowoomba is 90 minutes drive west of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, and two hours from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches. With a population of nearly 90,000 people, Toowoomba is Australia’s second largest inland city after Canberra, the nation’s capital. The city sits on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, around 700 metres above sea level. Toowoomba enjoys four distinct seasons and the rich volcanic soil in the region helps maintain the 150 public parks that are scattered across the city. Jacaranda, Liquidamber and Camphor Laurel trees line many of the city streets. The city’s reputation as ‘The Garden City’ is highlighted during the Carnival of Flowers festival held in September each year.