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Ju Raku En Japanese Gardens, Toowoomba


One of Toowoomba's most peaceful and beautiful parks is the four and a half hectare Japanese Garden at the University of Southern Queensland. Located on the northern side of the campus, it's Australia's largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden.

Its elements of mountain stream and waterfall, Dry Garden, central lake, Azalea Hill, three kilometres of paths, 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants, and lawns combine in a seamless and restful harmony.

Japanese gardens emphasise the use of rocks to create three dimensional pictures. All of the large rocks in Ju Raku En were placed by the garden's designer, Professor Kinsaku Nakane of Kyoto, to appear naturally dispersed in a random way.

Visitors stroll through the garden or relax on the seat near the Dry Garden; it's not uncommon to see artists quietly painting a scene or children feeding bread to the fish or birds, which include swans, ducks, geese and smaller natives. Japanese maples provide a riot of autumn colour, while in spring masses of lilac blossoms hang from the Wisteria Pergola - the perfect backdrop for a wedding.




West Street,
University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 0.6K from Darling Heights

Laurel Bank Park


Laurel Bank Park is a beautiful parkland close to Toowoomba's city centre, featuring spectacular manicured gardens, a scented garden, a playground, picnic area and croquet greens.

As well as containing a collection of exotic trees, the park is home to the Scented Gardens. This unique 'garden within a garden' was created from ideas presented by the Downs Association of the Blind, and occupies approximately half a hectare of the park's four and a half hectares. Fragrant blooms, herbs and shrubs grow in raised beds. Playground equipment and a gazebo complete the park.

Prior to 1932 the park was owned by Mr Samuel George Stephens. In 1932 Mr Stephens donated the land to the people of Toowoomba, making the Toowoomba City Council official custodian.

The gardens were designed by Mr Stephens himself before he handed them over. Mr Stephens was known to many as 'the man of flowers', and it's because of his love of flowers that he asked that the land not be used as a sporting facility, only the Croquet Greens along Herries Street were permitted. The Laurel Bank Hall was built during World War II to be used as a mess hall for the United States naval troops.




Herries Street,
Corner West Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.5K from Darling Heights

Lake Annand Park


Lake Annand is a pleasant water attraction which has been created along Toowoomba's East Creek. At just two hectares, Lake Annand Park is one of the more compact of the city's recreation spaces.

The development of the park has been carried out along carefully planned lines. There is a New Zealand influence in many of the plantings and features. The lake itself showcases a pulsating fountain, reminiscent of the geysers familiar to those who have visited New Zealand. A simulated lava flow has been fashioned in one area of the park, and distinctive plants such as flax add to the theme.

Where there's an attractive expanse of water, there will be ducks, and Lake Annand is no exception. A boardwalk at the lake edge, and a handsome curved bridge, give youngsters (and the young-at-heart) hours of pleasure enjoying the antics of these handsome birds, which paddle towards anyone who might throw them some bread.

A bikeway passes through the park and cyclists often pause here on their ride to enjoy the atmosphere. This bikeway follows the route of East Creek right through to Queen's Park, close to the city centre.

Well maintained barbecue and playground facilities are another popular feature.




Perth Street,
Corner Mackenzie Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.7K from Darling Heights

Toowoomba Water Bird Habitat


Nestled into suburban Toowoomba at Rangeville, the habitat covers 7.6 hectares (19 acres), which is quite a small area to establish as a diverse wetland. Environmental diversity is essential if the habitat is to attract a variety of waterbirds. There are deep and shallow lakes, areas of reeds, mud-banks, islands and grassy areas to provide feeding, roosting and nesting conditions required by different birds.

To complete this habitat, over 2000 shrubs and trees were planted to attract native birds. All of the plants are Australian species appropriate to the locality. The plantings on the perimeter help screen the habitat from the surrounding roads and houses, creating a peaceful atmosphere within.

Waterbird habitats are characteristically places of light and open spaces, so large areas of grassland have been retained. You can see birds such as maned duck and straw-necked ibis which feed mainly on these grasslands.




Mackenzie Street,
Corner of Alderley Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.7K from Darling Heights

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery


Established in 1938, Toowoomba has the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland. The new gallery opened in 1994 and is owned and maintained by Toowoomba Regional Council.

The Gallery is the permanent home to the Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery and Library. Assembled by Toowoomba resident, the late Mr William Bolton MBE, this collection features over 400 significant Australian artworks by such artists as Lionel, Daryl and Ruby Lindsay, Phillips Fox, McCubbin and more. The Library comprises rare books and manuscripts, including letters written by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

The Fred and Lucy Gould art collection also features, consisting of antique furniture, fine porcelain and glassware, gold and silverware, and other items mostly from Europe, Asia and Australia. The works date from 1700s to 1930s.

The City Collection focuses on twentieth century Australian paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, small scale sculpture and jewellery with emphasis on works by regional artists with regional themes.

The Gallery has an extensive program. Contemporary exhibitions change monthly, while historical exhibitions change three times a year. The Gallery aims to provide diversity of educational activities to complement the exhibition program.

The Gallery Shop offers a variety of interesting gifts and the work of regional and interstate artists.




Ruthven Street,
Next to the City Hall
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.8K from Darling Heights

Darling Heights: Events

Ultimate Women's Weekend Toowomba - Regional Women's Lifestyle and Wellbeing Expo


Come along to the Ultimate Women's Weekend at Toowoomba! Three inspiring and jam-packed girly days at your Regional Lifestyle and Wellbeing Expo. Let's celebrate you!

Over 80 Exhibitors including but not limited to products and exhibitors within: health, wellness, mind, body, spirit, makeup, hair, clothing, craft, fitness, small business and more. Inspiring Demonstrations and Seminars, Cooking Classes and more. Two every hour.

Pamper yourself in the Pamper Sites. Keep the other half entertained in the "Bloke's Retreat" and kids busy in the Kids Zone while you relax and explore. There are so many free classes, workshops and seminars to attend.

A great day or weekend out for women of all ages!

BIGTmusic, straight from the X-Factor 2015 Top 4, singing live.

Believe. Inspire. Learn.


Event Dates
2016
      7th Oct
      8th Oct
      9th Oct


20 Baker Street
Darling Heights, QLD, 4350

Located 0.8K from Darling Heights

Weetwood Handicap


The Weetwood Handicap is synonymous with Toowoomba. For more than 100 years this race has attracted fans to Clifford Park to celebrate Toowoomba's greatest raceday.

In 2016 the Toowoomba Turf Club will celebrate the 126th running of the Weetwood Handicap.

The Weetwood will continue to be a stand-alone metropolitan Saturday race meeting status as part of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

Over AUD600,000 in prize money, four black-type races and the stars of the Queensland racing industry will deliver the largest race meeting on record.

An expected 5,000 spectators from Toowoomba, south-east Queensland and interstate will line the straight to participate in the race day.

In 2016 the Weetwood race day will experience a revolution, a transformation to one of the region's premier events.


Event Dates
2017
      8th Apr


Hursley Road
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.3K from Darling Heights

Toowoomba Gemfest - Gem and Jewellery Show


This is a great event for the whole family!

Selling a wide range of cut and uncut gemstones, jewellery, semi-precious gemstones, beads, pearls, fossils, opals, crystal and mineral specimens from all over the world. Carvings from precious and semi-precious stones are great for gifts, including Christmas presents. All items are for sale.

The kids will love the Fossicking for Children area. Gemstone testing/identification will again be available. This is a free service to the public, done by a member of the Gemmological Association.

Missing a gemstone in your jewellery? Bring it along and see if you can find a match and have it fixed on site. Create your own unique piece of jewellery: purchase a setting and select your favourite gemstone and have it set before you go home.

There will also be tickets for three fabulous jewellery raffle prizes for sale; hourly lucky door prizes.

Inside the hall, around 28 gem traders come from Central Queensland in the north, to Sydney in the south and put together this two-day spectacle. Between 30-40 traders also sell their merchandise outside the hall.

Further information can be found at their website.


Event Dates
2016
      22nd Oct
      23rd Oct


Ramsay Street entrance,
Ramsay Street entrance
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.3K from Darling Heights

Toowoomba Spring Home Show and Camping and Leisure Expo


This event is a major shopping experience for Toowoomba and surrounding districts. It will host an extensive range of quality home and lifestyle products including building, renovating, green living, home improvements, homewares, kitchenware, electrical, pools, spas, finance, gardening, solar energy and heating, and loads more.

The Camping and Lifestyle Expo is a huge success and returns with a great range of products and services for getting outdoors and enjoying the warmer months ahead with family and friends. View the latest caravans, camper trailers, auto and 4WD accessories, camping equipment and more.


Event Dates
2016
      7th Oct
      8th Oct
      9th Oct


Glenvale Road,
44 Duhig Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.5K from Darling Heights

Toowoomba MS Swimathon


The Milne Bay Aquatic Centre in Toowoomba will host the third MS Swimathon event of the season to raise vital funds to help people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

It doesn't matter if you can do 100 fast laps or doggy paddle one, everyone can join in, have fun and support people living with MS - an incurable disease which affects a person's central nervous system. Designed as a relay event, teams must have one swimmer in the water at all times throughout the entire 12 hour event period.

Participants can raise donations by asking for a one off donation from friends and family or being sponsored based on the number of laps they can do.


Event Dates
2016
      12th Nov


Milne Bay Aquatic Centre,
Victoria Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.6K from Darling Heights

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