Highfields - Peacehaven Botanic Park
Address: 56 Kuhls Road, Highfields QLD 4352
Peacehaven Botanic Park, located just 15 minutes north of Toowoomba's CBD at Highfields, is classified as a district level park in Council's open space network. Set across 4.7ha, the stunning site provides for the recreational needs of Highfields residents, and offers a picture perfect spot to host both formal and informal community activities and private events.
With amazing views of Gowrie Junction and the Bunya Mountain range to the west, the parkland wouldn't exist in its current valued form if not for the benefaction of Stan Kuhls, a successful farmer in the Highfields area and the Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park Inc.
The park is landscaped with three distinct lawn areas bordered by collections of established trees and gardens. When the occasion calls, the ceremonial lawn flagpoles are proudly hoisted to recognise civic events such as the Australia Day Citizenship Awards while the summerhouse lawn, with its distinctive rotunda, serves as a popular destination for weddings, concerts, family reunions and other special celebrations. Additionally, the spacious amphitheatre lawn caters beautifully for the annual Carols by Candlelight event.
There are picnic tables, barbecue facilities, a grand rotunda, park seating, open spaces and amenities for public use. The park is popular for get-togethers, walks, family-time kicking a ball, birthday parties, weddings and small events.
Entrance to the park and carparking is off Kuhls Road.
We are proud to work in coordination with Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park to maintain this beautiful park. Members of the public can purchase specialist native plants at the Peacehaven Botanic Park nursery, with money from each purchase contributing to the upkeep of the park.
In 2012, we completed a masterplan for the park. Part of the design was to incorporate a play space as there was no playground in the park to service a growing Highfields population. Through intensive master planning and community engagement, an accessible nature play area was designed to complement the other features of the park including the community nursery, picnic and barbecue areas, rotunda, toilet, pathways, ponds and native trees, shrubs and ground covers, as well as community art featured and incorporated into paths.
Play concepts such as balance, sliding, digging, climbing, swinging, and water play combine with educational elements such as the newly installed native frog sculptures to provide interest and seating for small children along a pathway.
Botanic references link the theme of the park and underpin the concept design of the play area, situated around a large established Crows Ash (Flindersia australis).
Peacehaven Botanic Park nature play area construction is a joint initiative with the Queensland Government.
There are barbecue and picnic facilities located in the park for the convenience of park users.
The grand rotunda provides a formal area for park users to take in the many beautiful views to the west. This is also a popular place for weddings and wedding photography (see our Booking parks articles).
Another popular location is the picturesque lake - a stunning focal point with viewing platform and bench seating for park users to sit and enjoy the tranquil setting.
Stretched over 4.7 hectares, with hundreds of species of scrub and rainforest plants - the park contains dry and wet rainforests, wetlands, and open grassland areas. Rare and endangered plants from south-east Queensland are also housed in this location. There are numerous bird species that inhabit the park, which make for a melodic sound of bird song for park users to enjoy.
There are various labelled walkways, which wind their way through local species plantings, providing an educational aspect to the park.
Each walkway contains artistic mosaic tiles symbolising aspects of the natural environment.
The park also comprises a frog pond, which provides a habitat for the local frog population, as well as other varied fauna.
The park also houses a community, native-plant nursery, open to the public on Thursday and Saturday mornings.
For more information on how to book the space for wedding ceremonies, please visit our Booking parks section.