Toormina is a residential area, with some industrial land use, parklands and a commercial area. Toormina is bounded by Boambee Creek in the north, Hulberts Road and the north coast railway line in the east, Lyons Road in the south, and the locality of Boambee East in the west. Toormina is thought to be named after Taormina in Italy.
Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for farming and timber-getting. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with growth particularly from the 1970s. The population has increased slightly since the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.
Major features of the area include Centro Toormina (shopping centre), Toormina Velodrome, Toormina Playing Fields, Graff Avenue Park, Jane Circuit Reserve, Toormina Apex Park and several schools.