Japanese Gardens - Darling Heights

Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 10:31

Address: 20 Regent Street, Darling Heights QLD 4350

japanesegardenslakeredbridgeandparklandsMaintained and developed by The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), with sections owned by both USQ and the Toowoomba Regional Council, 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. 

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

The Garden is open daily from 6:00am (AEST) to Dusk, with the entry gates locked around these times.  


The gardens cover an area of 4-acres and are 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 gardens 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 gardens include 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.  With many tourists visiting 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 gardens, 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



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