The Toowoomba Open House event was officially opened for 2016 on Wednesday, May 4. An important event on the local tourist calendar, the Toowoomba Open House showcases the historical Railway precinct, and a number of private residences. The launch was attended by a number of Toowoomba Regional Councillors, members of the Toowoomba Historical Society and local media identities.
The opening coincides with the First Coat festival, offering visitors the chance to experience a snapshot of Toowoomba’s history alongside modern cultural achievements.
“Council is thrilled to have to these events working together to offer visitors to Toowoomba a unique experience,” Councillor McDonald said. “Visitors can in the one day witness some word class street artists at work and then experience a journey through one of Toowoomba’s most important precincts, the Railway precinct, or some outstanding private residences in its vicinity.”
Seven houses will be open to the public on Sunday, May 22, including Bendemere, Elerslie and Gladstone House and Cottage. Visitors are also granted unprecedented access to the Toowoomba Railway Precinct, including the Railway Goods Shed and Men’s Urinal on Russel Street. Members of the public are able to access the sites at their leisure or as part of a guided tour. The tours highlight the precinct’s history, providing further insight into the site’s connection to current transport developments and the future plans for the precinct.
“Visitors have the option of self exploring the site or taking one of the 90 minute guided tours of the area” said Open House Co-ordinator Stephanie Keays. “The tours will feature a talk on Toowoomba’s transportation revolution as well as providing visitors with a complete understanding of the tremendous role the Railway precinct has played in the history of Toowoomba.”
Guided tours can be booked through the Open House website or by phoning 0413 724 846.
By Sarah Neilsen
Images supplied by Gordon Patterson