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Preston

High on the Great Dividing Range and overlooking the Lockyer Valley, Preston makes for great explorations, whether by four wheel drive, trail bike or on foot through the bushland.

Preston Peak Wines is the perfect location to appreciate fine wine and soak in the spectacular scenery. The gorgeous Preston Village Chapel which has been carefully restored is just perfect for weddings!

Preston

Preston: 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 5.4K from Preston

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 8.1K from Preston

USQ Artsworx


USQ Artsworx enables and delivers accessible arts and cultural experiences in regional Queensland. Artsworx presents an annual season of high quality, innovative and challenging artistic and cultural experiences which showcase emerging artists from the University of Southern Queensland and professional guest artist, in collaboration with a range of community and corporate stakeholders.

The season incorporates the annual Shakespeare performance; the McGregor Summer, Winter and Spring workshops; an exhibition series; a film series; cabaret and comedy; children's theatre; and an assortment of music and theatre productions.

For further information about individual events and costings, visit the website.





A Block,
West Street,
University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 8.3K from Preston

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 8.6K from Preston

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 9.0K from Preston

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 9.7K from Preston

Tosari Galleries


Tosari Galleries is the first venue of its kind in the Darling Downs region. Now discerning art lovers and visitors can enjoy and purchase original artworks and limited edition prints, along with a range of unusual and beautiful Australian designed and made glass, ceramics, timber souvenirs and gifts. Tosari Galleries is an elegant oasis offering a dynamic and unique experience, a visual feast for the soul. Enjoy five gallery rooms each with changing exhibitions and a fabulous gallery gift shop.

Tosari Galleries supports local and emerging artists along with internationally renowned and established artists. Tosari Galleries also exhibits authentic and ethically sourced paintings by indigenous artists from Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Their focus is on unique, fabulous and affordable Australian Fine Art and Design including gifts, home furnishings, cards, stationery, books, jewellery and souvenirs. Tosari Galleries is the ideal destination for visitors and locals to escape and immerse themselves in beautiful inspiring surrounds.

Free gift wrapping. Delivery of artworks and gifts can be arranged to anywhere in Australia. Online shopping available, layby and gift certificates.

Free entry and disable access.




4 Margaret Steet
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 10.7K from Preston

Preston: 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 9.1K from Preston

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 11.1K from Preston

Preston: 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 9.9K from Preston

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