Highfields - Peacehaven Botanic Park

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020 10:18

Address: 56 Kuhls Road, Highfields QLD 4352

Peacehaven Botanic Park is located just 15 minutes’ drive north of Toowoomba’s CBD at Highfields. The park has magnificent trees, established gardens and grassy areas, wheelchair-friendly pathways and stunning views towards the Bunya Mountains.

Peacehaven is one of the region’s gems, and exists today because of the generosity and far-sightedness of local dairy farmer Stan Kuhl. In 2004 Stan donated 4.7 hectares of land adjacent to his house to be developed into a botanic park. The park’s design was born from Stan’s desire to promote global peace, and is reminiscent of some of the famous gardens he visited during his travels around the world.

Sadly, Stan died in 2005 before his dream was realised, but his vision lives on. The park was officially opened in 2006 and was expanded in 2012, increasing the total area to 5.4 hectares.

There are picnic tables, barbecue facilities, a grand rotunda, seating, open spaces, an adventure playground for children and amenities for public use. The park is popular for weddings, family get-togethers, walks, picnics or just bringing the kids to kick a ball.

Access to the car park is through the main entrance on Kuhls Road, with additional access for pedestrians from Scott Street and Jack Street.

Toowoomba Regional Council is proud to work in collaboration with the Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park to maintain this beautiful park. Members of the public can purchase native plants for their own gardens at the Peacehaven Botanic Park Native Nursery, and money from each purchase contributes to special projects in the park.

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The nature-inspired adventure playground brings a new world of play and discovery where children can excavate a dinosaur skeleton, climb a giant Crows Ash seed pod, open the flood gates, slide, swing, jump and so much more.

The nearby frog pond is a popular drawcard for children, and the larger-than-life native frog sculptures are another delightful discovery.

There are barbecue and picnic facilities located in the park for the convenience of park users. 

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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).

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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.

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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. 

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Each walkway contains artistic mosaic tiles symbolising aspects of the natural environment.

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The park also comprises a frog pond, which provides a habitat for the local frog population, as well as other varied fauna.

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The native plant nursery is operated by the Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park and is open to the public on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Many of the native plants available in the nursery are rarely found in general nurseries.

The volunteer staff have a wealth of knowledge about native plants, and are happy to help you choose the best plants for your garden.

Profits from the nursery contribute to special projects designed to enhance the recreational and educational experience of visitors to the park.

The nursery building also houses the Herbarium: a collection of preserved plant specimens from Peacehaven and the surrounding area, available for reference and scientific study.

For more information on how to book the space for wedding ceremonies, please visit our Booking parks section.

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Features

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Picnic tables
Shelter
Toilets
Park bench
Gardens

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