The Toowoomba Japanese Gardens are renowned for their stunning representation of traditional Japanese landscape design. The park called “Ju Raku En”, Japanese for “enjoying peace and longevity in a public place”, is a must-see garden destination with over 100,000 visitors each year coming to take in the award winning gardens. The feeding of the wildlife is discouraged and dogs are not permitted. Open daily from 6:00am to Dusk, with the entry gates locked around these times.
QUEENS PARK AND BOTANIC GARDENS
A stroll through the State Heritage listed Queens Park and Botanic Gardens is an absolute must for any visitor to the Garden City. Set across more than 25 picturesque hectares, the parkland has been enjoyed by generations of locals and regional visitors since it first opened to the public in the late 1800s. It’s a beautiful calm space where nature showcases its seasonal offerings, alongside the city’s bustling CBD.
PICNIC POINT LOOKOUT
Picnic Point is situated about 700 metres above sea level and offers visitors superb views east over the Lockyer Valley. With a history spanning over 140 years, Picnic Point is one of the largest parklands in Toowoomba and in the past offered visitors cans of fresh mountain air, the camera obscura, and Peters ice creams at the Picnic Point kiosk which has evolved into a busy contemporary restaurant, cafe and function centre. The cafe trades 7 days a week.
Toowoomba’s European settlement dates back over 170 years and there’s an impressive collection of history that’s been preserved for the benefit of all generations. There’s also some ancient aboriginal sites well worth exploring. Some of the highlights include:
RAVENSBOURNE NATIONAL PARK
Discover towering trees, palm groves, trickling streams and amazing birdlife in the best remaining example of the rainforest that originally covered this part of the Great Dividing Range. Local Aboriginal people and those travelling to the bunya feasts in the Bunya Mountains used the area extensively. Rainforest hardwoods, red cedar Toona ciliata and other timbers were felled from about the 1860s.