Darling Heights - Japanese Garden

Japanese Gardens
Thursday, 04 Jun 2020 14:24

Address: 20 Regent Street, Darling Heights QLD 4350

Maintained and developed by The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), with sections owned by both USQ and the Toowoomba Regional Council, the Toowoomba Japanese Garden is renowned for its 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 garden. 

Please note that feeding of the wildlife is discouraged and dogs are not permitted in the park. 

The garden is open daily from 6am (AEST) to dusk, with the entry gates locked around these times.  

Future works planned for the park include improvements to vehicle access, pedestrian pathways, new picnicking facilities, a skate/youth facility, and additional tree/habitat plantings.

The park's recently refurbished playground forms part of Stage 1 of the Hodgson Vale Lions Park Masterplan.


The garden covers an area of 4 acres and is one of Australia’s largest Japanese gardens. The main features include a central lake, three separate ‘islands’ and extensive gardens and tree groves. 

A focal point of the garden is the lake, which is home to ducks, turtles and fish and is crossed over by numerous vivid red traditional Japanese bridges, believed to ward off bad omens. These bridges extend to three garden ‘islands’, which showcase manicured gardens, ornate topiary plantings and other Japanese plants of interest. 


Walking through the park, visitors are treated to an array of visual delights including waterfalls, cherry blossom trees, bamboo avenues, a tea house, azalea hill, a wisteria arbour and numerous conifer plantings. 

The garden includes over 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants.  


During spring this contemplative garden transforms into a wash of springtime colour and allure and attracts many tourists to visit during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers festival. 


The beautiful landscape makes the park a popular location for picnics and get-togethers or those wishing to relax and unwind. For the convenience of park users the park features walking paths, which meander through the garden, picnic facilities, seating and toilet amenities (available in the adjoining Birch Court Park) . 

Ample parking is available within the USQ grounds located at one of the two entry gates.  The entry gates are locked at night. 

The stunning layout of the park makes it popular for weddings and wedding photography. For more information on how to book the park for a wedding ceremony please visit the University of Southern Queensland’s website



Picnic tables