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Darling Heights: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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

Darling Heights: Events

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,
(Assembly Hall and grounds),
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

Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo


Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo Plus Australian Deer Association Queensland Hunting Expo

The Queensland Outdoor Adventure and Motoring Expo is the regions largest event of it's kind. Over 130 local and regional companies will be involved, displaying thousands of products and services, including the very latest in Caravans, Camper Trailers, Motor Homes, Vehicles and 4WD's, 5th Wheelers, Camping Gear and Accessories. The 2016 Event will also feature the Australian Deer Association Queensland Hunting Expo. This event will showcase businesses providing products and services for hunting and the outdoors, including firearms and associated products, archery, clubs and groups, fishing and tackle, camping equipment, vehicle accessories, taxidermy, safaris, holidays, industry magazines, clothing and more. Visitors will be able to view and compare products from a wide range of leading companies all within the one location. This is a not-to-be-missed event.


Event Dates
2016
      5th Aug
      6th Aug
      7th Aug


Glenvale Road
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.5K from Darling Heights

The Big Show: Toowoomba Guns, Militaria and Collectibles Fair


At The Big Show: Toowoomba Guns, Militaria and Collectibles Fair there will be 300 tables of antique and modern firearms, ammunition, swords, bayonets, daggers, knives, badges, medals, uniforms, helmets, armour, loading gear, archery equipment, books, jewellery, re-enactors gear, scopes, projectiles, brass, ordnance, coins, models, china, silverware, Australiana and Satsuma. There will be collectibles of all types however the majority of items are Militaria and guns with a wide range of other items as well - so something for everyone!

This is the largest militaria fair in Australia. Please phone them for more information.


Event Dates
2016
      10th Sep
      11th Sep


Glenvale Road,
RNA showgrounds,
Brisbane city 4001
Torrington, 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

The Seams Old Roadshow Vintage Sale


Australia's specialist seller of historic clothing will be joined in Toowoomba by two of Brisbane's best known vintage sellers Junkyard Vintage and Vintage Hippie for a one day vintage selling event. There will be 150 years of fashion and fashion accessories for sale. From Victorian gowns to Sixties hot pants.




152 Herries Street
Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350

Located 4.7K from Darling Heights

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