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University of Southern Queensland's Japanese Garden

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by Sarah Martin (subscribe)
I live in suburban North Brisbane and enjoy getting out and about on weekends - museums, cafes, walks - whatever. I'm also a blogger who writes at
Published July 26th 2015
Zen Out in the calm of the beautiful gardens
Toowoomba's Japanese Gardens ("Ju Raku En") are a real treasure and you can find them in the grounds of the University of Southern Queensland. They are on the northern side of the campus. Just look for the big red gates.

3 hectares in area and a popular wedding venue, we found the gardens still well-attended on a Saturday afternoon. Plenty of people, including families, we walking about at a sedate pace, feeding the ducks and geese or just sitting quietly taking it the quiet beauty of it all.

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Red bridge over the lake in the gardens

The main paths circumnavigate the lake but wandering of the beaten track soon take you into quiet woods or stands of bamboo. You'll discover a burbling brook or a gushing waterfall. Terribly photogenic red bridges abound.

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The gardens are expansive and beautiful in any season

The gardeners in charge of this wonderful space must really be applauded.

If you're in Toowoomba, it is well worth the drive south of the city to see the gardens. It is open 6am to dusk each evening. You can even leave a donation at the front gate for upkeep of the grounds.
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Where: University of Southern Queensland, West St, Toowoomba, Queensland
Cost: Free
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