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Harristown: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 2.1K from Harristown

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 2.5K from Harristown

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 2.6K from Harristown

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 2.8K from Harristown

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 2.9K from Harristown

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 3.0K from Harristown

Toowoomba Railway Station, Memorial Honour Board


Stroll to the northern end of the platform at heritage-listed Toowoomba Railway Station and you'll find a record that leaves no doubt about the impact WWI had on the locality's population.

The Roll of Honour, 1914-1919, Queensland Railways Toowoomba Employees is a magnificently carved silky oak honour board with an impressive listing of 560 names in gold lettering on cedar panels.

Railways Commissioner Charles Evans, a former Toowoomba railwayman himself, unveiled the tribute on 14 April 1918.

Prime Minister Billy Hughes had stood on the platform in October 1916, urging enlistments.

The honour board was artfully crafted at the North Ipswich railway workshops, now the Workshops Rail Museum. Detailing includes columns crowned with decorative motifs of the Queensland Railways emblem, scrolls and shells, and the Australian Coat of Arms.

Toowoomba Railway Station, which opened in the 1870s, was still a bustling centre for trade and travellers. Today, the Westlander passes through, between Brisbane and Charleville twice a week.




Russell Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 3.1K from Harristown

Harristown: 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 2.5K from Harristown

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 2.5K from Harristown

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 2.9K from Harristown

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