Toowoomba and Darling Downs Region           

Toowoomba is Australia’s largest inland city, perched 700 metres above sea level on the edge of the Great Dividing Range and located 150km west of Brisbane. The area has rich soils and a temperate climate and is famous for its glorious gardens, cool evenings and autumn leaf displays.
The Drayton area was first to be settled in 1849 followed by the Toowoomba area in 1853. Bullock trains from the wide plain west of Toowoomba, the Darling Downs, carried wool down the range to the port at Moreton Bay. Drayton is now a suburb of Toowoomba and the journey in a car to Brisbane takes 90 minutes.
A new private airport capable of taking Boeing 747 jets opened in November 2014.  This new facility at Wellcamp/Toowoomba allows rapid passenger access to Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns as well as unprecedented opportunities for freight transport.
The Toowoomba Regional Council administers an area of 13,000 sq km and a population of 160,000 people, 114,000 living within the city boundary. Agriculture was once the prime source of economic enterprise in the district but these interests have diversified to include development of energy resources of coal and coal seam gas, Oakey Aviation Base and Cabarlah Army Barracks, educational institutions including private boarding schools, TAFE College and the University of Southern Queensland and provision of health services.
The major economic enterprises are manufacturing (13%), health and community service (8%), retail trade and agriculture (7% each) and education and property and business (6.5% each).
Future areas of development are likely to be in the energy development sector, food processing, fibre composite advanced manufacturing, agribusiness and aviation/defence.