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Hodgson Vale

Hodgson Vale is a small 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


Make sure you pay a visit to Lions Park in Hodgson Vale, a large park located on the New England Highway, approximately 12 kilometres from Toowoomba. The park is the perfect place for a barbecue picnic and is a lovely stop when exploring Steele Rudd Country. Make use of the barbecue, half basketball court and play equipment for the children. Clean public facilities are also available for your use.




New England Highway
Hodgson Vale, QLD, 4352

Located 2.6K from Hodgson Vale

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 7.5K from Hodgson Vale

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 8.9K from Hodgson Vale

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 10.2K from Hodgson Vale

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 10.2K from Hodgson Vale

Picnic Point Lookout And Parkland


Toowoomba's heritage-listed Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland comprises 160-acres perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, with panoramic views over Main Range and Lockyer Valley.

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 stop by the cafe and restaurant before nestling on a section of quiet grasslands under a bunya tree.

Let the kids test out the playground and children's train (only operating on weekends), and later set off on the walking trails to nearby waterfalls and Table Top Mountain, drawing sightseers and picnic goers every day of the week.

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





Tourist Drive
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.3K from Hodgson Vale

Hodgson Vale: Events

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 9.6K from Hodgson Vale

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 10.3K from Hodgson Vale

Parkland Entertainment


You'll hear music from almost every genre floating out of Toowoomba's beautiful parks. The Parkland Experience covers folk, pop, pop-funk, classic, Irish folk, rock, jazz or soul, Memphis, country, rock n roll, Celtic, swing, opera, bush ballads, blues, choral, brass band, old time music, strings and retro rock. Phew! There's also tai chi, yoga, face-painting, balloon sculpture, opera and music theatre and dancing.

Apart from the first weekend, all activities run between 11am to 3pm during the 10 days of the Carnival.


Event Dates
2016
      16th Sep
      17th Sep
      18th Sep
      19th Sep
      20th Sep
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      23rd Sep
      24th Sep
      25th Sep


164 Tourist Road
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.3K from Hodgson Vale

The Seams Old Roadshow Vintage Sale


Australia's specialist seller of historic clothing will be joined in Toowoomba by two of Brisbane's best known vintage sellers Junkyard Vintage and Vintage Hippie for a one day vintage selling event. There will be 150 years of fashion and fashion accessories for sale. From Victorian gowns to Sixties hot pants.




152 Herries Street
Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350

Located 11.1K 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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