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Middle Ridge: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 1.8K from Middle Ridge

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 3.2K from Middle Ridge

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 3.3K from Middle Ridge

Ju Raku En Japanese Garden, 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 3.7K from Middle Ridge

Middle Ridge: Events

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
2017
      15th Sep
      16th Sep
      17th Sep
      18th Sep
      19th Sep
      20th Sep
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      23rd Sep
      24th Sep


164 Tourist Road
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 3.3K from Middle Ridge

The Way We Wear Frock Up Toowoomba


The second Frock Up Toowoomba event with local and interstate sellers filling the historic St Luke's Hall with over 100 years of fabulous fashion ranging from ridiculously small Victorian waisted dresses to those 'Big Shouldered' numbers of the Eighties. There is fashion accessories, costume jewellery, fashion ephemera, fashion books and magazines, textiles, linen and lace, buttons and bows, fashion art and so much more for the Queensland 'fashionista'.


Event Dates
2017
      1st Apr
      2nd Apr


Herries Street
East Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.1K from Middle Ridge

Wizarding World Workshops - Toowoomba


Escape into the Wizarding World during the April school holidays with two brand new workshops designed to test the magical ability, intelligence and courage of young Muggles, Witches and Wizards (aged 5-15). Compete for eternal glory in the magical disciplines of Potions, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, or open the suitcase on the new era of the Wizarding World with some truly Fantastic Beasts! Book now for a day full of magical mess, mayhem and merriment!


Event Dates
2017
      11th Apr


155 Herries Street,
Level 3
Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350

Located 4.6K from Middle Ridge

Wicked - Toowoomba


Heritage Bank Presents the Empire Theatres Toowoomba Production of Wicked, the smash hit Broadway musical!

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University in Oz: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.

Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked is suitable for a general audience. As a guide to parents and guardians it is recommended for ages 7+.


Event Dates
2017
      31st Mar
      1st Apr
      2nd Apr
      7th Apr
      8th Apr
      9th Apr


56 Neil Street
Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350

Located 4.7K from Middle Ridge

Grand Homes Tour


See inside five of Toowoomba's grandest homes - three historic properties and two winners of State Master Builders Awards for 2016. There is an option for a self-drive ticket or for bus tour and it includes morning tea at Empire Theatre.

Hosted by the Zonta Club of Toowoomba Garden City, this event is a fundraiser which will benefit the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and the Police Child Safety Pantomime.


Event Dates
2017
      26th Mar


56 Neil Street
Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350

Located 4.7K from Middle Ridge

Middle Ridge: Travel Tips

Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre


The team at Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre welcome you as a valued guest; with true country hospitality and a passionate desire to help you enjoy your visit. With a wealth of local knowledge, they can give you first-hand tips for exploring the Toowoomba area; with its intriguing history, quiet natural beauty, four distinct seasons, and delicious produce.

Their beautiful "Queenslander" building is based on a late 1800s style Toowoomba house. It features stained-glass motifs of the "Toowoomba" violet; which you can best enjoy by going inside.

Drop in for maps, brochures, locally-produced food and artisan-made items, Toowoomba souvenirs and refreshments. On-site parking is provided for cars, coaches and caravans; adjacent to picnic and playground facilities in East Creek Park.





82-86 James Street,
Warrego Highway
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 4.5K from Middle Ridge

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