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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

USQ Artsworx


USQ Artsworx enables and delivers accessible arts and cultural experiences in regional Queensland. Artsworx presents an annual season of high quality, innovative and challenging artistic and cultural experiences which showcase emerging artists from the University of Southern Queensland and professional guest artist, in collaboration with a range of community and corporate stakeholders.

The season incorporates the annual Shakespeare performance; the McGregor Summer, Winter and Spring workshops; an exhibition series; a film series; cabaret and comedy; children's theatre; and an assortment of music and theatre productions.

For further information about individual events and costings, visit the website.





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

Located 0.8K 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

Russell Street Historical Walk, Toowoomba


This self-guided walking tour of Toowoomba's Russell Street will lead you by landmarks of fine historic architecture, many of which date back to the 1860s.

The walk commences at the Railway Station on Railway Street, continues west to Kensington Street and then turns east to the stately shop fronts in the city centre. Buildings of note include the Hotel Norville, Toowoomba's Regional Art Gallery and City Hall and the Whitehorse Building (1912).

Drop in to the Toowoomba's Visitor Information Centre on the corner of James and Kitchener Street for a copy of the brochure to guide you along your way.

Allow a minimum of one hour for a brisk walk and longer for a leisurely stroll.




Russell Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 5.0K from Darling Heights

Empire Theatre


Toowoomba's Empire Theatre is a heritage listed art-deco venue that provides a wide variety of performing arts for every taste. The Empire is Australia's largest regional performing arts complex and stages world class shows from leading national and international performers as well as showcasing a wealth of local talent.

Whether it is popular music, ballet, comedy or any live performance, the lavish art-deco styling of the venue combined with its state of the art technology makes for a magical and memorable experience. The Empire Theatre also offers historical tours and attracts many visitors each year. The complex is also a popular choice for conferences and events, including weddings, offering a unique experience to guests.




56 Neil Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 5.0K from Darling Heights

Darling Heights: Events

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

Queensland Beef Expo


Excellence In Beef. This is an all new field day event for Toowoomba and the South West which will focus primarily on the production and supply of beef from this region. This is an annual event which will be staged at the grounds of the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland at Glenvale on the western side of Toowoomba.


Event Dates
2016
      31st Aug
      1st Sep
      2nd Sep
      3rd Sep


Toowoomba Showgrounds
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.8K from Darling Heights

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