Sports and Activities
Sports and recreation is a big part of Toowoomba’s social fabric with a wide range of clubs and facilities catering for all athletes, standards and ages.
The city has a strong cycling scene for both amateur and professional athletes, and the 1.76km Toowoomba Criterium Track at the showgrounds is a popular facility for elite state and national competition and training.
The Rotary Ride the Range is a stand-out event on the competitive cycling calendar with its challenging 112km course drawing national attention.
Smithy’s TGW Gym, founded by world-renowned trainer Brendon Smith, draws major boxing matches to the city on a regular basis and is one of the premier fitness facilities in Toowoomba.
The Toowoomba Regional Council website lists several mountain bike, bridal hiking and walking tracks on the city’s escarpment into the sprawling Lockyer Valley region to the east.
Toowoomba mountain biker Jared Graves represented Australia in BMX at the 2008 Olympics, one of many famous
sporting professionals from the region.
International tennis, golf and hockey tournaments are regular fixtures in the sporting calendar, along with major boxing and cricket matches.
Toowoomba this year will host the Gold Coast Titans against St George Dragons at Clive Berghofer Stadium in a historic NRL clash in March.
The national award-winning Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International is among the major tennis tournaments contested in the city each year, while the Queensland PGA Championship is played each year at the City Golf Club.
Other golf clubs include the 18-hole Toowoomba Golf Club Middle Ridge and par-33 Eustondale Golf Course.
Toowoomba is a training ground for the famous Hell of the West triathlon run in Goondiwindi since 1989.
What started as an Olympic distance event has grown into a 2km swim, 80km cycle and 20km run which truly earns its moniker as the Hell of the West.
Six lawn bowl centres offer a relaxed sporting pace around the city including clubs in the CBD, Toowoomba South, North Toowoomba, and Drayton, and the PCYC has a strong gymnastics program with more than 300 members who compete
on local, regional and state levels.
Milne Bay Aquatic Centre in Toowoomba’s CBD has a 50m heated recreational pool.