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Like most of south-east Queensland, severe thunderstorms can be a threat and Toowoomba may occasionally be affected by ex-tropical cyclones.On 10 January 2011, Toowoomba suffered a catastrophic flash flood.

It is the 16th-largest city in Australia and the sixth-largest in Queensland after Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Cairns.

Toowoomba is the second most populous inland city in the country after the national capital of Canberra.

Land for the town was first surveyed in 1849, then again in 1853.

Towards the end of the 1840s Drayton had grown to the point where it had its own newspaper, general store, trading post and the Royal Bull's Head Inn, which was built by William Horton and still stands today.

In 1892, the Under Secretary of Public Land proclaimed Toowoomba and the surrounding areas as a township and in 1904 Toowoomba was declared a city.

Pastoralism replaced agriculture and dairying by the 1900s.

Land selling at £4 per acre (£10 per hectare) in 1850 was by then £150 per acre (£370 per hectare).

Governor Bowen granted the wish of locals and a new municipality was proclaimed on 24 November 1860.

The city occupies the edge of the range and the low ridges behind it.

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