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Drayton North: 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 1.9K from Drayton North

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 4.1K from Drayton North

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 4.5K from Drayton North

Newtown Park State Rose Garden

The State Rose Garden in Newtown Park has more than 1,500 roses planted, with many more to be planted over coming years.

This rosarium is being continually upgraded as a living memorial to the people of this city and the district in general.

This has been one of the most successful community projects in Toowoomba, with residents and volunteers contributing donations or in-kind support.

The major planting of roses in the garden was selected from the floribunda, hybrid tea, David Austin and climbing varieties. Of special interest are the Titian and Carabella roses, which were bred in Toowoomba and are just two of the Reithmuller Roses.

The historic Newtown Park is bounded by Holberton, Taylor, Tor and Pottinger Streets. Of special interest to historians is the Entrance Pavilion off Holberton Street where the history of the park and its people since 1912, and the history of roses, is displayed on brass plaques.

The Friends of the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park has contributed to construction and development of the garden. The Friends volunteer from 50 to 70 hours per week, depending on the season, for maintenance of the roses.

Taylor Street,
Corner of Holberton, Tor and Pottinger Streets
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.6K from Drayton North

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 4.6K from Drayton North

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 4.9K from Drayton North

Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre

The only road building museum in Australia, the Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre offers an exclusive perspective of the history of road building in Queensland.

Travel the winding road throughout this unique museum. The exhibits offer plenty of information about road planning, construction and maintenance for you to explore. Cartoon characters and interactive children's trail help teach kids about what has gone into making the 'black stuff' and if you love machinery, then you'll get a kick out of the fully maintained vehicles and road building equipment on display.

Located opposite Toowoomba's airport terminal, the museum showcases the hard work and pioneering spirit which has helped shape Queensland. Learn how the state's road network has been developed, from the conditions under which road workers laboured, to the modern plant and equipment you see on roads today.

Book now and ask for a guided tour through the museum and this distinctive piece of Queensland's history.

You'll be surprised at what you discover.

2-22 Mutze Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 5.0K from Drayton North

Drayton North: 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
      8th Apr

Hursley Road
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 3.3K from Drayton North

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
      12th Nov

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

Located 4.4K from Drayton North

Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre Open Day

Coinciding with the David Hack Classic Meet, the Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre on Mutze Street, Toowoomba is holding a special open day from 8am until 3pm.

Children are invited to join the fun with the cartoon characters along the children's trail as well as test themselves against mum or dad on the brake-testing unit.

The centre's location is ideal for watching the collectable vehicles as they arrive and leave the meet as well as watching the war-birds take off.

Check out the Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre - it's sure to be a great day out for the family.

Event Dates
      30th Apr

2-22 Mutze Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 5.0K from Drayton North

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