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Preston

High on the Great Dividing Range and overlooking the Lockyer Valley, Preston is a locality that 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


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 3.9K from Preston

Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre (opposite USQ)


Events at the CBRC Baker Street offers you, their valued client, quality customer service and excellent spaces at affordable prices. With an array of choices of function venues they can accommodate from 100 to over 1000 people. Their facilities can provide the perfect venue for weddings, business or social functions, sporting events, convention and trade shows, concerts plus much more. With your complete satisfaction being their priority, their friendly and professional staff are happy to discuss arrangements to suit your needs.




Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre,
Baker Street
Darling Heights, QLD, 4350

Located 7.7K from Preston

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 8.1K from Preston

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 8.6K from Preston

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 9.7K from Preston

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 Preston

Preston: Events

Old Time Dance


Old Time Dancing to live music with five different bands on rotation. Delicious homemade supper supplied. Dancing from 8pm until midnight every Saturday night. Lucky door, Monte Carlo, lucky spot and raffle.


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Baker Street
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Located 8.1K from Preston

National Seniors Proudly Presents Seniors Expo


Garden City Branch of National Seniors Australia is hosting a Seniors Expo during Seniors Week. This is an opportunity for your organisation/group to engage with a significant number of seniors.

They anticipate having over 75 displays on the day.


Event Dates
2019
      22nd Aug


Baker Street,
20
Darling Heights, QLD, 4350

Located 8.1K from Preston

Traditional Spoon Carving Workshop


Learn how to carve your own wooden spoon using traditional techniques and your own hands by attending this small group one day workshop led by your tutor, Matt Eliason (AKA Spoonguy) who has over 2,500 hours experience in spoon carving.

Held in Toowoomba, an easy one and a half hour drive from Brisbane.


Event Dates
2019
      27th Jul


23 Broadfoot Street
Kearneys Spring, QLD, 4350

Located 8.4K from Preston

Toowoomba Gemfest - Gems and Jewellery


This is a great two-day 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.

Gemstone testing/identification will again be available. This service, available to the public for a gold coin donation, is provided by a member of the Gemmological Association of Australia.

The kids will love the Fossicking for Children trailer.

Missing a gemstone in your jewellery? Bring it along and find a matching gemstone. Create your own unique piece of jewellery: purchase a setting and select your favourite gemstone. Have it set before you leave.

Raffle tickets for three fabulous jewellery prizes will be on sale; also hourly lucky door prizes.

Inside the hall, around 28 gem traders from Central Queensland in the north, to Sydney in the south put together this two-day spectacle. Around 30 traders will sell their merchandise outside the hall.

Catering provided by a local Toowoomba business.


Event Dates
2019
      19th Oct
      20th Oct


60 Ramsay Street
Centenary Heights, QLD, 4350

Located 9.6K from Preston

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