Toowoomba CBD - Laurel Bank Park

Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020 9:29

Address: Hill Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350

Laurel Bank Park is one of Toowoomba's premier parks and provides a majestic oasis close to the heart of town.  The park features manicured gardens, mature trees, children's play equipment, barbecue and picnic areas and two croquet lawns and is a must-see destination during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in spring, when the gardens come alive with colour and natural splendour.

Take your time and enjoy the many features of Laurel Bank Gardens, including; all season topiary, scented gardens, spring bulb display, Camellia and maple walk, children's ornament garden, Topiary hedge - Thomas the Tank Engine Train, Main floral display and viewing platform, and Peach walk.

Laurel Bank Park is a wonder at all times of the year with spectacular transformations brought about by the changing seasons.  Many of the stately old trees are deciduous and change in colour from the glowing yellows and browns of autumn, to a winter framework of branches, to the richness of fresh spring and summer growth.  The vivid displays of spring blooms in the formal beds are always a highlight of the year and are timed to be at their peak in September for Toowoomba's annual Carnival of Flowers. 

Laurel Bank Park is also one of the locations for Toowoomba Regional Council's Summer Tunes program, an initiative which provides free, live-music in our parks.

Car parking can be found in Herries and Hill Streets as well as off-street parking accessed from Hill Street.

The park's toilet facilities, located along Hill Street, have been demolished and replaced with a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant facility in the same location, the toilets are now open for use by the public.  Some palm trees that were temporarily removed to allow for construction of the toilets will now be returned to the area.

Laurel Bank gardens are renowned for their stunning floral displays, which include the annual display gardens, embodying a different theme every year during the Carnival of Flowers.  The full extent of the annual display gardens can be viewed atop a viewing-platform, which gives park users an aerial view of the display. 

Meticulous planning and preparation by Toowoomba Regional Council gardeners ensures this is a memorable Carnival of Flowers attraction, one which often includes an area specially planted out to depict a floral theme representing a significant local or national event.  Council gardeners plant thousands of seedlings and bulbs for the spring floral display.  The gardens are a must to see and popular with visitors all over the world.


Other key floral display gardens in the park include the Wisteria arbour, Rose Garden, Peach walk, Topiary hedge - Thomas the Tank Engine Train and other various displays situated around the park. 

An unforgettable sight in spring is the park's Wisteria Walk.  Specially designed trellises support the vines' springtime greenery, providing a shaded bower amongst a fragrant canopy of vivid colour.


Another popular area in Laurel Bank Park for garden lovers is the Rose Garden.  With a discerning selection of varieties, the formal layout of the beds and the meticulous preparation by Council gardeners combine to present a stunning display of these classic blooms in season.


The park comes alive during the Carnival of Flowers in September each year with visitors from around the world coming to marvel at the natural and man-made wonder of the gardens.  Laurel Bank park is a must-see location in Toowoomba. 

Laurel Bank Park features a spectacular scented garden that's filled with richly perfumed plants and herbs.  Following a suggestion from the Downs Association for the Blind, the scented garden was developed in 1980 as a joint initiative between the Toowoomba City Council and the Rotary Club of Toowoomba East.  The gardens were designed for the visually impaired and it has become a popular location for Toowoomba's residents and visitors.  The layout of the garden not only exhilarates the senses but also takes into account the special needs of many people.  Pathways have raised edges, garden beds are raised for easy access from wheelchairs and picnic tables are designed for wheelchair users.


Take a wander through the gardens and take in the sensory delights.  Key features include, a pond and fountain with bridge, scented plants, a kitchen garden, feature shade trees and seating in secluded and shady locations.


Laurel Bank Park is also a popular location for relaxing picnics and barbecues. 


The gazebo and children's playground area is located next to a lawn area for kick-around activities. 


The children's playground area features various activities and is buffered from Herries Street by hedging.


This area also has a lovely outlook across the park's manicured lawns and gardens, and croquet area.



The large gazebo, situated close to the children's play equipment area is lit and has free gas barbecues with tables and chairs and is great for gatherings. 


There are also tables and chairs under trees around the park, which make for popular places for picnics.  


Laurel Bank Park is also renowned for its beautiful, mature trees, including the English Oak tree and Lithocarpus Tree. In the scented gardens of Laurel Bank Park there is also the Brazilian Fire Tree or Yellow Jacaranda (Schizolobium parahybum). 

Toowoomba's other premier parks including Queens Park and Newtown Park, also contain other feature trees and are well worth a visit.


Laurel Bank Park is also home to the Laurel Bank Park Hall, which was originally built to be a mess hall for the US naval troops during WWII.  It is now used for permanent and recurring community meetings and can be hired. Please visit our Halls & Community Centres section for more information.

Laurel Bank Park was privately owned by Mr Samuel George Stephens, who designed the garden himself. In 1932 Mr Stephens donated the land to the people of Toowoomba, making Council the official custodian.

Mr Stephens was known as 'the man of flowers', and due to his love of flowers he asked that the land not be used as a sporting facility, only the Croquet Greens along Herries Street were permitted.  At the northern entrance to the Scented Gardens opposite the visitor information booth there is a memorial dedicated to Samuel Stephens erected in recognition of his vision for the city. 

Laurel Bank Hall sited on the Hill Street side of the gardens was built during World War II as a mess hall for United States naval troops.

Laurel Bank Park's gardens make a popular location for weddings and wedding photos. Refer to our park bookings for more information on booking a wedding ceremony in the park.


Picnic tables
Park bench
Drinking water