Toogoolawah is the next small town encounted when traveling north from Esk on the Brisbane Valley Highway. Toogoolawah is now a by-pass town so the traveller will have to take the exit. Please be sure to take the exit and visit what is a small but very friendly community.
Toogoolawah is derived from the Aboriginal words "dhoo" (a generic term for tree) and "goo/lawa", meaning "crescent shaped" or "bent like a crescent moon". The name probably referred to a tree with a deformed trunk which stood on the site in Bulimba, rather than to the supposed shape outlined by the Brisbane River as it rounds Bulimba Point, as has been alleged.
Toogoolawah was partially cut off by flooding as a result of the 2010-2011 Queensland floods. Toogoolawah is also home to a world-famous fun-jumping and tandem skydiving centre, once featured on the third season of The Mole in 2002.
The stand-out ‘attraction’ is the Anglican Church that will celebrate its centenary in 2012. This is a quite magnificent wooden building that is a classic for the era. The shingle roof was recently replaced at a cost of 80k. This church is a must visit.
Toogoolawah is a very pretty and attractive town that deserves at a minimum a visit and a good look at that Anglican Church.