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The water flowing down Gowrie Creek makes its way some 3,000 km (1,900 mi) to the mouth of the Murray River near Adelaide in South Australia.Rain which falls on the easternmost streets of Toowoomba flows east to Moreton Bay a distance of around 170 km (110 mi).Toowoomba is situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, around 700 metres (2,300 ft) above sea level.A few streets are on the eastern side of the edge of the range, but most of the city is west of the divide.The city's reputation as 'The Garden City' is highlighted during the Australian Carnival of Flowers festival held in September each year.
Thirteen years later when George and Patrick Leslie established Toolburra Station 56 miles (90 km) south-west of Toowoomba the first settlers arrived on the Downs and established a township of bark-slab shops called The Springs which was soon renamed Drayton.
However, the Empire was rebuilt and reopened in November 1933.
The architectural styling of the new Empire Theatre was art deco, in keeping with the trend of the 1930s.
Unusually heavy rainfall had occurred in the preceding days, causing the city's waterways to become swollen.
Around midday, an intense storm moved in from the northeast, Toowoomba's history has been preserved in its buildings.
Like most of south-east Queensland, severe thunderstorms can be a threat and Toowoomba may occasionally be affected by ex-tropical cyclones.