One of the most peaceful and beautiful parks in Toowoomba is the University’s Japanese Garden. The Garden was officially opened on 21 April 1989 and is open daily from 6:00am (AEST) to Dusk and admission is free.
Located on the northern side of the campus, on a 3 hectare site, it is one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden.
Its elements of mountain stream and waterfall, Dry Garden, central lake, Azalea Hill, three kilometres of paths, 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants, and lawns combine in a seamless and restful harmony.
Japanese gardens emphasise the use of rocks to create three dimensional pictures in stone. All the large rocks in Ju Raku En were accurately placed by the designer of the garden, Professor Kinsaku Nakane of Kyoto, so as to appear naturally dispersed in a random way.
It is estimated that over 100,000 people per year visit the garden.