Kearneys Spring, a residential suburb, is two km south of central Toowoomba. A suburb of the 1970s, it was named after Toowoomba magistrate, alderman and deputy mayor, D.J. Kearney. As a magistrate he was well known for handing down heavy sentences for driving offences.
Kearneys Spring is part of the headwaters of the Gowrie Creek, along with West Creek which is in a linear reserve running north through the suburb. These water-ways formed the moist landscape which originally drew European settlers to Toowoomba. Ruthven Street also runs north-south through Kearneys Spring, and has a row of drive-in shopping centres, Ruthven Plaza, Kmart Plaza (1977) and a Harvey Norman centre. There are also small drive-in centres to the west, Westbridge shopping centre at Charnley Street and Uni Plaza opposite the University of Southern Queensland, Darling Heights. Less well provided are schools, apart from the Christian Outreach College (1982). State primary schools are east and west in Middle Ridge and Darling Heights. Kearneys Spring's census population in 2006 was 6866.