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Drayton: 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 1.7K from Drayton

Westbrook War Memorial


The WWI memorial in the small rural Darling Downs community of Westbrook is evidence of how pervasive the effect of war was on Queenslanders left behind. The popular 'Digger' statue with an honour roll was unveiled around June 1922 by federal parliamentarian LE Groom (his father William had served as the Darling Downs' first federal politician from 1901).

The memorial records that 47 local men went to war. About half of the families listed are represented by more than one member. Two families each saw four of their men go off to war. Westbrook community mourned the loss of 10 lives.

The 4.2 metre monument, a life-sized soldier statue standing on a pedestal, was designed and produced by Bruce Brothers of Toowoomba.

Once, the memorial stood in an open field. Today, development around it finds it adjacent to Westbrook's public hall.




114 Toowoomba Road
Westbrook, QLD, 4350

Located 4.8K from Drayton

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 5.2K from Drayton

Drayton: Events

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 4.3K from Drayton

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 4.3K from Drayton

Westbrook Family Fun Day


Come and celebrate with their 4th biennial Family Fun Day in Westbrook, Queensland. The event draws local, and regional families, vendors and business to showcase products, businesses, and activities, while providing an affordable event for families.

Numerous rides, interactive programs, interactive skate activities, musicians and performers will be involved. Food vendors, coffee stalls, local goods, and products will be available for sale.

This is the 4th event in the Community and has shown growth and success with the development of interactive programs, local performers and supported by local industry.


Event Dates
2016
      11th Sep


Barwick Street
Westbrook, QLD, 4350

Located 4.4K from Drayton

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 4.5K from Drayton

Grand Central Floral Parade


Now in its sixty-seventh year, this famous Parade winds its way through the heart of the city to Queens Park to the sounds of live bands. The city heart beats as street performers, carnival characters, and stilt walkers escort the stunning floral floats on their journey.

This year's theme is The Carnival Comes To Town. Wow! Be early to grab a good viewing spot because the whole town and thousands of visitors turn out for the Parade! There's free chalk so you can make your own artistic mark on the parade route and when it's over, head for Godsall Street Oval where the floats are on display and the flowers, fruit and vegies that decorated them are available for sale!


Event Dates
2016
      17th Sep


Herries Street, Ruthven Street, Margaret Street, Hume Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 5.3K from Drayton

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 5.3K from Drayton

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 5.4K from Drayton

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