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Hodgson Vale

Hodgson Vale is a rural community 12 kilometres south of Toowoomba. Popular with mountain bikers and road cyclists there are a mix of bike trails and road cycling available in the area.

Make sure you pay a visit to Lions Park in Hodgson Vale, a large park located on the New England Highway. The park is the perfect little place for a barbecue picnic and is a lovely stop when exploring Steele Rudd Country. There is a barbecue, half basketball court and play equipment for the children. Clean public facilities are also available for your use.

Hodgson Vale: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Lions Park, Hodgson Vale


Lions Park in Hodgson Vale is a lovely stop just 12 kilometres from Toowoomba en route to Steele Rudd Country and Warwick.

A large park located just off the New England Highway, it's the perfect place for a barbecue or a picnic and a lovely stop to break your journey. There's a free barbecue, half basketball court and play equipment for the children and well maintained public facilities.




New England Highway
Hodgson Vale, QLD, 4352

Located 2.6K from Hodgson Vale

Ju Raku En Japanese Garden, Toowoomba


Discover the tranquility of one of Toowoomba's most peaceful and beautiful parks - 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 7.5K from Hodgson Vale

Toowoomba Water Bird Habitat


Nestled into suburban Rangeville, Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat is a beautiful and diverse wetland spread over 7.6 hectares (19 acres). Environmental diversity is essential if the habitat is to attract a variety of waterbirds. Deep and shallow lakes, areas of reeds, mud-banks, islands and grassy areas provide feeding, roosting and nesting conditions for birds including Ibis, Dusky Moorhens, Black Cormorants, Plumed Whistling Ducks and Purple Swamp Hens.

More than 2000 shrubs and trees attract Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Lorikeets, Rosellas, Kookaburras and other native birds. All of the plants are Australian species appropriate to the locality. Perimeter plantings 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 Wood Duck and Straw-necked Ibis which feed mainly on these grasslands.




Mackenzie Street,
Corner of Alderley Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 8.8K from Hodgson Vale

Lake Annand Park


Set on two hectares, Lake Annand is a pleasant water attraction and well-used recreational space set along Toowoomba's East Creek.

A bikeway passes through the park and 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. You'll see a New Zealand influence in some of the plantings and park design - the lake features a pulsating fountain, reminiscent of the geysers; 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.




Perth Street,
Corner Mackenzie Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.1K from Hodgson Vale

Picnic Point Lookout And Parkland


Don't miss the panoramic views from Toowoomba's heritage-listed Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland - 160-acres perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, overlooking Main Range and the Lockyer Valley. And if you've been before, visit again because no two days are the same!

Be greeted upon entry with an avenue of mature hoop pine (Auracaria cunnninghamii) and South Queensland kauri (Agathis robusta) before the parklands opens into manicured lawns. Pre-pack a picnic or use the free barbecues and find a quiet patch of grass under a bunya tree, or stop by the cafe and restaurant and take in the views over a coffee or a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's the perfect spot for birdwatching, quiet contemplation or ticking off a bucket-list Toowoomba selfie.

The kids will love the playground and the weekend children's train, and for a little adventure you can set off on the escarpment walking trails to the nearby waterfall or take on the challenge of the Table Top Mountain walk.

The lower section of the park can also be accessed via Tobruk Memorial Drive and is another ideal location for impressive vistas, picnics or a barbecue.




Tourist Drive
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.2K from Hodgson Vale

Westbrook War Memorial


The WWI memorial in Westbrook is an ever-present reminder of the effects of war on this small rural Darling Downs community. 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 and the Westbrook community mourned the loss of 10 lives.

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 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 10.4K from Hodgson Vale

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 11.3K from Hodgson Vale

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 11.4K from Hodgson Vale

Hodgson Vale: Events

The Handmade Expo Market Toowoomba


Held quarterly in Toowoomba at Harristown State High School and with stalls both within the Auditorium and outside in the gardens around the hall, the market is a perfect Sunday morning outing!

There's a huge selection of stalls featuring the handmade works of talented artisans, makers, bakers and creators. Products include jewellery, clothing, craft supplies, babies wear, toys, home decor and loads more.


Event Dates
2017
      26th Nov
2018
      29th Apr
      29th Jul
      11th Nov


341 South Street
Harristown, QLD, 4350

Located 10.4K from Hodgson Vale

Toowoomba Christmas Lights Tour


Australian Anti Ice Campaign has partnered up with Stonestreet Coaches to offer this Christmas Lights Bus Tour a magical journey around the streets of Toowoomba in a luxury coach. This tour has five available dates to choose from...Bring the whole family and have a jolly good time.


Event Dates
2017
      8th Dec
      14th Dec
      15th Dec
      21st Dec
      22nd Dec


Neil Street
Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350

Located 11.3K from Hodgson Vale

Hodgson Vale: Shopping

Make sure to include a stop at the Rural Centre where you can find fantastic coffee and scrumptious cakes and slices. Lions Park offers a rest stop for a barbecue or a game of tennis nearby.

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