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Ju Raku En Japanese Garden - University of Southern Queensland

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published February 25th 2020
Young explorers' haven at the Japanese Gardens, Toowoomba
The Japanese Gardens in Toowoomba have a delightful range of nature-based walks and wildlife that make it the perfect destination for young explorers.

Paths and bridges at the Japanese Gardens
Paths and bridges at the Japanese Gardens


The 4.5 hectare gardens were designed with "Ju Raku En" in mind, which means to enjoy peace and longevity in a public place. The gardens have a trail that loops around the perimeter, with smaller trails leading through the centre, over bridges and past little cascades and waterfalls.

Culture in a peaceful environment at the Japanese Gardens
Culture in a peaceful environment at the Japanese Gardens


The gardens also provide multiple shaded picnic areas, and there are toilets available.

Beautiful vines and shaded picnic areas at the Japanese Gardens
Beautiful vines and shaded picnic areas at the Japanese Gardens


A great attraction for many children is the presence of both native and introduced species of ducks. These always appreciate a feed, with seed and shredded lettuce a healthier alternative for them to bread.

Ducks waiting for children to visit at the Japanese Gardens
Ducks waiting for children to visit at the Japanese Gardens


A variety of other wildlife also call the Japanese Gardens home. This includes possums, kingfishers, satin bowerbirds, and occasionally even pelicans take up temporary residence. Early mornings or late afternoons when the sun isn't too hot are often the best times to view these creatures around the gardens.

A pelican visiting the Japanese Gardens
A pelican visiting the Japanese Gardens


The Japanese Gardens border on the University of Southern Queensland's campus in Toowoomba were designed with disabled access in mind, and have parking available between the campus and the gardens

A young channel-billed cuckoo at the Japanese Gardens in Toowoomba
A young channel-billed cuckoo at the Japanese Gardens in Toowoomba
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Why? Safe paths to explore and a variety of wildlife
Phone: 1800 331 155
Where: Next to the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba
Cost: Free (gold coin donation welcomed)
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Lovely photos Meg. I especially liked the pelican.
by May Cross (score: 3|6709) 131 days ago
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