Urban surprises – Toowoomba’s unexpected street art

Urban laneway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia

Toowoomba Street Art

For the last few years, murals have been popping up all over the regional QLD city of Toowoomba, mostly in the CBD and surrounding industrial areas.  They range from contemplative portraits and magical creatures to whimsical signwriting and retro slogan, but one thing they have in common is that they are all pretty surprising!

I’m not a regular visitor to Toowoomba, by any means. My biological father grew up there, and my best friend Peta (of Trainee Mama) is a Toowoombian (is that even a word? I think not). But I think I’ve only ever visited the city a handful of times, glanced at some bulk tulips in a tidy park, then left.

This week, I headed south west for a short visit to the Garden City, and found it to be MUCH more urban than I was expecting, with cafes, laneways, beautiful ivy-covered buildings, murals and street art everywhere.

Urban lanesway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia
Toowoomba Street Art – by Fintan Magee

Urban laneway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia

Toowoomba Street Art

Urban laneway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia
Toowoomba Street Art – by Georgia Hill and Thomas Jackson
Urban laneway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia
Toowoomba Street Art – by Frank and Mimi
Urban laneway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia
Toowoomba Street Art – by Gimiks Born

Packing for Toowoomba was pretty easy – a couple of different stripe t-shirt dresses, boots and a denim jacket. I just added pops of colour with accessories and coffee cups (because ROADTRIP), and my packing was sorted in 5 minutes!

Urban laneway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia
Toowoomba Street Art – by Frank and Mimi
Urban laneway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia
Toowoomba Street Art
Urban laneway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia
Toowoomba Street Art – by The Zookeeper
Urban laneway street art murals in Toowoomba, Australia
Toowoomba Street Art – by Heather Blair Smith

I was surprised and delighted to find some artwork by my cousin,  Emily Devers – it’s been a long time since I’ve seen her, perhaps 22 years? She is now one half of Frank and Mimi, and she’s incredibly talented. Maybe I should catch up with that long-lost side of the family and see if they can draw any creativity out of me?

Have you visited Toowoomba recently and discovered the city’s colourful urban heart?

*Apologies to uncredited artists

 

 

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