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Published May 1st 2021
A tropical oasis hidden in the suburbs
It's surprising to find a tropical oasis in the middle of Toowoomba, in the West Creek Reserve.
Stretching for two blocks from Alderley Street to Spring St lies the West Creek Reserve. Tucked away in suburbia, the park's mood changes along the way. An easy concrete path takes your constitutional from a pond suitable for model boats or feeding ducks, outdoor gym equipment, a stunning tropical feature and boardwalks.
Near Cortess St parking, a pond suitable for model boats or feeding ducks.
The Cortess Street waterway is bordered by eucalypts and sports a large grass expanse for games. Crossing Stenner Street from the Cortess Street section of the walk brings you out to a barbeque facility on a gentle slope under palm trees by the water. Another barbeque rotunda is closer to the tropical garden with a big playground. There are two playgrounds. Gym equipment will workout your legs, biceps and triceps. There are several picnic tables and decorative benches.
Birdwatchers may spot long-billed corellas, teal ducks, swamphens, lorikeets, swallows and sulphur-crested cockatoos.
West Creek Reserve may not be well known to tourists but is a wonderful place to recharge travellers' batteries and get some fresh air with your picnic lunch.
Parking is in Cortess Street or at the other end nearer Stenner Street in Lemway Street on the upper side of the slope. There is footbridge access off Beer Crt. You might also find the reserve by looking for 'Lemway Avenue Park'.
Crossing Spring Street brings you into the Murray Clewett Welands, Kearneys Spring.
Two beautiful and relaxing boardwalks grace the park.