Located at 55 Regent St, Darling Heights QLD 4350 the Ju Raku En Japanese Garden (meaning ‘to enjoy peace in a public place’) are owned by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Toowoomba Regional Council and were opened on 21 April 1989. There are over 230 varieties of Japanese and Australian native trees. The beautifully manicured gardens are a popular place to come and enjoy the peaceful serenity the gardens offer. Here are some of key information about the Japanese Gardens.
Driving directions to the Japanese Gardens from our office in Toowoomba City.
The central lake is home to many turtles, bearded dragons, ducks and fish. There are also many traditional red Japanese style bridges that cross over the streams that enter the lake and connect sections of the lake together. Walking through the gardens visitors will be awe inspired by the bamboo forest, azalea-covered, beautiful little waterfall and Zen rock garden amongst many other natural and manmade features. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful Japanese atmosphere and experience a true sense of serenity in this unique setting.
During the spring time this serene garden is brimming with colour from the blooming florals. It’s also a fantastic time of year to visit Toowoomba because it coincides with one of the cities biggest annual events the Carnival of Flowers.
Open everyday from 6am to dusk the Gardens are a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. There are abundant parking spaces available within the University of Southern Queensland’s grounds near the entry gate on the south side of the Gardens. Toilets are available to visitors at the adjacent Birch Court Park.
One of the great features of the gardens is that they are also accessible to visitors with reduced mobility with paths that are wheelchair accessible. For those requiring wheelchair access entrance via USQ is recommended.
Weddings & Events
There are two ways to enjoy the Japanese gardens. The first is to visit the gardens and walk around and enjoy the beauty of the grounds, perhaps even enjoying a picnic lunch or light refreshments. The second option is to reserve an area of the gardens for a wedding, event or ceremony. Contact the university’s Facilities Management to book a space in the gardens for you and your guests. The USQ website provides more information about events at this beautiful location.
Ju Raku En Japanese Gardens
Visiting the Ju Raku En Japanese Garden is a great way to spend time with your family and friends. There are several beautiful spots to take photos and take a picnic lunch. The gardens are open seven days a week and offer plenty of picnic areas. There are many other places around Toowoomba to visit whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to the area. Check out some other points of interest in our article here about the DownsStream Tourist Railway & Museum.