Toowoomba is home to many beautiful parks and gardens. Take the time to experience some of our feature parks.
Japanese garden - Ju Raku En
The Toowoomba Japanese Garden is the largest, most complex and traditionally designed Japanese Garden in Australia. It was named Ju Raku En by the designer - roughly translated it means long life and happiness in a public garden.
The garden is a joint project of the University of Southern Queensland and the Toowoomba Regional Council and was opened in 1989. It was designed by Professor Kinsaku Nakane - renowned as the modern day master of Japanese garden design and famous for the restoration of many of Japan's old gardens and the design and construction of gardens in Japan and throughout the western world.
The garden in accessible through the USQ campus and Regent St, Toowoomba.
The meticulously tended Queens Park is home to Toowoomba's Botanical Gardens. Sitting adjacent to the CBD, the park features stunning floral beds, wide open spaces and tree-lined paths. Queens Park is transformed every December with lights for the Christmas Wonderland. It is a focal point for many of the events associated with the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.
Events in the park
Picnic Point lookout overlooks the Lockyer Valley and is a great location for a picnic lunch atop the Great Dividing Range. From here you can enjoy the extensive play areas and picnic facilities, explore the graded walks along the range escarpment or simply experience the breathtaking views.
Toowoomba waterbird habitat
The Toowoomba bicentennial waterbird habitat is located in Rangeville with access from McKenzie and Alderley Streets. Sitting on about 7.5 ha, the diverse wetlands is carefully constructed to attract various waterbird species. A relaxing place to visit, with paths and seats located throughout the park.
The habitat is open daily from 6am to 6pm.
Newtown Park was initially laid out in a pattern intended to mirror the design of the Union Jack. Avenues of trees crossed the park from corner to corner, linking with trees planted around the perimeter. Today the essence of this original plan can still be seen.
The park is also home to the State Rose Garden with more than 1500 rose bushes. Rose lovers enjoy the gardens from early spring until late autumn when the blooms are at their peak. The beauty of the roses is complemented by attractive park furniture.
To read more about the wonderful rose garden from the experts, head to the State Rose Garden website.
Laurel Bank Park
The exotic surrounds of the manicured Laurel Bank Park and the scented gardens close to the city centre showcase fragrant blooms, herbs and shrubs. The scented gardens were developed by ideas from the Downs Association of the Blind. Laurel Bank park includes a playground, picnic area and croquet greens.