The Toowoomba Japanese Gardens are named ‘Ju Raku En’ which translated from Japanese means ‘enjoying peace and longevity in a public place’.
The area is one of Australia’s largest traditionally designed Japanese stroll gardens. The garden design was completed by the Nakane Garden Research in Japan. Rocks are used to create three dimensional pictures in stone. The garden designer, Professor Kinsaku Nakane placed the rocks to appear natural dispersed.
The 4.5-hectare garden features a central lake, three islands and tree groves. There are more than 230 species of Japanese and Australian native plants and trees. Enjoy the cherry blossom trees, bamboo avenues, azalea hill, a wisteria arbor and numerous conifer plantings.
You can walk over the traditional style Japanese bridges, believed to ward off bad omens. As you walk further, you’ll spot the waterfall and tea house.
It’s a popular location for local weddings and photographers. The 4.5 hectares have been planted with over 230 species of trees and
The lake is home to ducks, swan, geese, turtles and fish. The gardens are a lovely spot to have a walk around the lake and a picnic lunch. There are 3km of walking paths to enjoy.
Amenities: walking paths, picnic facilities, seating, toilets.
There is ample parking with the USQ grounds near the southern entrance.
Please do not feed the wildlife and dogs are not permitted.
Open 7 days a week. From 6 am to dusk.
About The Japanese Gardens: Toowoomba
The Japanese Gardens are jointly owned and maintained by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ)and the Toowoomba Regional Council. The gardens were opened on 21 April 1989 by Mr Yoshiharu Araki from the Brisbane Consul-General of Japan.
Located at 20 Regent Street, Darling Heights QLD 4350