Highfields - Peacehaven Botanic Park

Bench seat at Peacehaven Park overlooking manicured green space and sunset in the west.
Friday, 17 Sep 2021 14:00

Address: 56 Kuhls Road, Highfields QLD 4352

Peacehaven Botanic Park is located in Highfields - a 15-minute drive north of Toowoomba’s CBD. The park is home to more than 400 different species of native plants and trees, with an impressive nature-themed adventure playground suitable for all ages, expansive green lawns and stunning views towards the Bunya Mountains.

There's plenty of cooking facilities, shelters and tables to enjoy a picnic or BBQ or take a stroll around the meandering wheelchair-friendly pathways, exploring the established gardens and many different bird species and wildlife that call the park home.

The park is popular for weddings, family get-togethers, walks, picnics, or for youngsters to kick a ball.

One of the Region's hidden gems

Peacehaven park 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 world travels.

Sadly, Stan died in 2005 before his dream was realised, however his vision lives on. The park was officially opened in 2006 and expanded in 2012 to increase in size to 5.4 hectares.

Access to the designated car park is via the main entrance on Kuhls Road, with additional access for pedestrians available from Scott and Jack Streets.

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 from the Peacehaven Botanic Park Native Nursery with the money from each purchase contributing to funding special projects in the park.

Two boys holding a soccer ball sitting in the park at Highfields Peacehaven Botanic Park

Access to the designated car park is via the park's main entrance on Kuhls Road, Highfields.

Additional access for pedestrians available from Scott and Jack Streets.

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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 with the larger-than-life native frog sculptures offering another delightful discovery.

Children's nature play area at the Highfields Peacehaven Botanic Park. Large sand play area with sculpture in the middle, surrounded by picnic shelters.  

Peacehaven Park Highfields swings and slide.

Barbecue and picnic facilities are 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 beautiful views to the west. This is also a popular place for weddings and wedding photography.

Book the space for a wedding or event.

Grand rotunda at Highfields Peacehaven Botanic Park surrounded by lush green lawns and large shady trees. Looking out towards the Bunya Mountains.

Another popular location is the picturesque lake. The lake is a stunning focal point with a 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 scrub and rainforest plant species, 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 makes for melodic bird songs for park users to enjoy. 

Signed walkways wind their way through local species plantings to provide an educational aspect to the park. 

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Each walkway features artistic mosaic tiles which symbolise aspects of the natural environment.

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The park also features a frog pond--a habitat for the local frog population--and is home to other various 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, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Many of the native plants available from the nursery are rarely found in general nurseries.

The nursery volunteers have a wealth of knowledge about native plants and are happy to help you choose the most appropriate plants for your garden. Profits from nursery plant sales contribute to special projects designed to enhance the recreational and educational experience of visitors to the park.

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

For more information regarding the nursery click here.

Three of the volunteers at Highfields Peacehaven Botanic Park community nursery

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

Grand Rotunda at Highfields Peacehaven Botanic Park. Peaceful green space looking out towards the Bunya Mountains at sunset

Peacehaven Park grass space, rotunda and lake.

 

Features

Playground
BBQ
Picnic tables
Shelter
Toilets
Park bench
Gardens
Walking
Open space
Water feature
Parking

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