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South West

South West

Toowoomba is Australia's second largest inland city and its location just 90 minutes from Brisbane gives it the perfect balance between country and city living. As a thriving regional centre, Toowoomba also has plenty of modern facilities including the Empire Theatre, museums, art galleries, restaurants, department stores and sporting facilities.

Known as the ‘Garden City’ and bordered by the Great Diving Range, Toowoomba boasts wide open spaces, tree-lined streets and historical attractions. Toowoomba is also the gateway to western Queensland with daytrips to nearby wineries and national parks all on its doorstep.

  • Explore mountain peaks, waterfalls and lookouts in nearby National Parks
  • Relax in one of over 150 parks including Rose, Japanese, and Botanic Gardens
  • Don’t miss the Australian Carnival of Flowers and Toowoomba Regional Show 
  • Visit one of the regions many art galleries, museums, and historical attractions
  • Enjoy fresh produce from local farmers markets, cheese factories and wineries

The South West region has a range of safe and affordable accommodation options, located close to transport facilities, local attractions and city hubs.

Accommodation options include;

  • Homestay
  • affordable rental options
  • share accommodation

Bus Queensland operates bus services in Toowoomba. International students studying full time are eligible for public transport discounts (conditions apply). Toowoomba also has a number of recreational cycling and walking tracks available for you to explore the region. Visit the Toowoomba Region Website and search ‘shared pathways’ for more information.

The South West region offers a warm climate with mild summers and cooler winters.

Month / Season 
 Average Min. Temp
Average Max Temp
Dec – Feb (Summer)


Mar – May (Autumn)


Jun – Aug (Winter)


Sep – Nov (Spring)



Located in a regional area of Queensland just a short drive from Brisbane and both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Toowoomba is the 6th largest city in the state. There are also a vast number of activities and event held in the region throughout the year, making this city a top place to study.


The TAFE Queensland South West Toowoomba campus features modern learning amenities and training facilities that simulate real workplaces. The Futures Training Restaurant is a fully licensed open to the public restaurant that gives hospitality, cookery and patisserie students the opportunity to work in a commercial kitchen and gain practical experience while studying. Salon on Bridge is our hair and beauty facility training and allows students to train and work in a real salon with real customers, ensuring they graduate job and client-ready. The campus also features additional facilities including a library, canteen and free parking for students.

Student Success Story:

Vannak Tith
Nationality - Cambodian
Study area - Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology

TAFE Queensland has given me excellent practical experience. The classroom and workshop provide me with all the study material, tools, and equipment I need to have hands-on practice. When I've studied previously it was all about theory. But here I'm learning with the real thing: I can see it, touch it, and make it. Studying at TAFE Queensland was a dream, but now I have achieved it. I'm so delighted to have come to Australia, I've learned to live independently and gained a skill that I really love.

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