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BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park

Toowoomba, Queensland

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Queens Park In Toowoomba

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Queens Park is a picturesque park, just a short walk from Toowoomba's Central Business District. The park's uses are diverse and facilities make it a great meeting place or a pleasant stop.

The north-eastern part of the park boasts an immaculately tended floral garden. While it's meticulously tended all year round, displays are particularly impressive during Spring and September especially.

The south-eastern and north-western corners provide large expanses of grass for sports, with the addition of a special swing for disabled children's enjoyment. The south section of the park features children's play equipment. Throughout the park are sealed walking tracks and a bicycle track.

The park is also a focus for many community activities. The grassed area near the corner of Hume and Margaret Streets makes an ideal venue for events, including the Carnival of Flowers parade and side-show alley in September and Easterfest at Easter.

The Park, which covers 26.3 hectares, was planned and developed by Walter Hill, a Government Botanist and superintendent of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The many trees which were imported from Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world, today stand as grand old trees lining shaded avenues.

Attractions

  • Dining and Eating Out (1)
    1. Aussie Emporium Aussie Emporium is owned and operated by Peter and Anne Eldridge who have drawn on 50 years of retail experience and extensive travel to bring together Queensland's largest collection of quality Australiana, gift lines and souvenirs!
  • Galleries, Museums and Collections (3)
    1. Cobb & Co Museum Get your hands on history at Cobb and Co Museum. It's not just what you can see but what you can do! In every exhibition and program at Cobb and Co Museum there are elements you can see, hear and touch. From blacksmithing and silversmithing to leadlighting and millinery, there are many opportunities for you to create items you will be proud to show off and even give as gifts. You can follow the clues, meet intriguing characters and play the interactive games in the new National Carriage Collection Gallery. Enjoy playing in The Coach Stop and the Cobb's Coffee Shop Play Pit. Feel free to touch Museum objects and specimens in the new Heritage Bank Inquiry Centre. Participate in the free daily Have A Go sessions. Get the behind the scenes story and join their free daily guided tour. There are unique hand made gifts for sale in the Museum Shop.
    2. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery Established in 1938, Toowoomba has the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland. The new gallery opened in 1994 and is owned and maintained by Toowoomba Regional Council.
    3. Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre Take a journey through time. Come discover how Queensland's roads have been built, from the conditions under which road workers laboured, to the modern plant and equipment you see on roads today. Come and visit the only road building museum in Australia. Located opposite Toowoomba's airport terminal, the Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre offers a fascinating insight into the construction of Queensland's road network.
  • Historical Sites and Heritage Locations (3)
    1. Historic Walk Through Mort Estate The Mort Estate, Toowoomba's oldest subdivision, was established in 1862 and its intriguing history and architecture can now be enjoyed on a self-guided walk through the precinct.
    2. Historical Walk Through Russell Street This self-guided walking tour of Toowoomba's Russell Street will lead you by landmarks of fine historic architecture, many of which date back to the 1860s.
    3. Toowoomba Railway Station, Memorial Honour Board Stroll to the northern end of the platform at heritage-listed Toowoomba Railway Station and you'll find a record that leaves no doubt about the impact WWI had on the locality's population.
  • Natural Attractions (3)
    1. Lake Annand Park Lake Annand is a pleasant water attraction which has been created along Toowoomba's East Creek. At just two hectares, Lake Annand Park is one of the more compact of the city's recreation spaces.
    2. Picnic Point Lookout And Parkland Picnic Point is a Toowoomba icon, a beautifully landscaped parkland with playgrounds, barbecue and picnic facilities and magnificent lookouts over the city and the Lockyer Valley.
    3. Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat The Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat is a quiet place to relax and enjoy nature. It's a great place to have a picnic lunch overlooking the lakes. Take a stroll along the paved pathway.
  • Parks and Gardens (4)
    1. Japanese Gardens One of the most peaceful and beautiful parks in Toowoomba is the University's Japanese Garden. Located on the northern side of the campus, on a 4.5 hectare site, it's Australia's largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden.
    2. Laurel Bank Park Laurel Bank Park is a beautiful parkland area close to the Toowoomba city centre, featuring spectacular manicured gardens, a scented garden, a playground, picnic area and croquet greens.
    3. Newtown Park State Rose Garden The State Rose Garden in Newtown Park has more than 1,500 roses planted, with many more to be planted over coming years.
    4. Queens Park In Toowoomba Queens Park is a picturesque park, just a short walk from Toowoomba's Central Business District. The park's uses are diverse and facilities make it a great meeting place or a pleasant stop.

Events

  • Exhibitions and Shows (4)
    1. Red Dirt and Grass Stains Exhibition Discover the stories of 'The Crimson Flash' Arthur Postle, the fastest man alive in the early twentieth century, and 1920s Rugby League stars Duncan Thompson and Mick Madsen. See Will Power's IndyCar, Greg Ritchie's 'baggy green, Glynis Nunn-Cearns' Olympic gold medal and so much more.
    2. Shakespeare on screen – Forbidden Planet Shakespeare's The Tempest is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film with groundbreaking special effects. Spacemen travel to a planet ruled by expatriate Pidgeon who has built a kingdom with his daughter and obedient robot Robby. There the good doctor is plagued by his mad quest for knowledge through his "brain booster" machine, and by Freudian "monsters from the id" as his daughter discovers other men and learns to kiss.
    3. The Beatles 1964 Australian Tour Exhibition Cobb+Co Museum will take you back to 1964 with photos, footage of the Melbourne Festival Hall concert, original Brisbane Festival Hall seats and some rare and unusual memorabilia, including a recreated bedroom decorated with Beatles' posters, records and even curtains.
    4. Toowoomba Gemfest The annual Gemfest - Gem and Jewellery show has been hosted by the Toowoomba Lapidary Club since 1981.
  • Festivals and Celebrations (10)
    1. Easterfest Easterfest is a three-day national music festival at Easter held in the beautiful Southern Queensland Country regional city, Toowoomba. It is one of Australia's largest drug and alcohol free ticketed precinct in Australia.
    2. Elizabethan Feast Take a step back in time at the Artsworx Shakespeare Festival's inaugural Elizabethan Feast. The banquets and feast enjoyed by the upper classes during Shakespeare's times were sumptuous and lavish. The royal banquets of the Elizabethan era were of course the most magnificent and now it's your chance to try it. Don't miss this modern-day banquet of culinary and cultural delights!
    3. Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival A signature event of Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival.
    4. Have A Go! Festival Enjoy a weekend of discovery and Have A Go! at a wide range of heritage trades and crafts. Have a Go! at leather plaiting, pyrography, stick whittling, weaving and more at Cobb+Co Museum's annual celebration of heritage skills and trades. The popular Mini Workshops will also be returning in 2015 - spend up to 90 minutes learning a new skill with one of their expert artisans, including blacksmithing, jewellery making, copperfoiling, and wood turning.
    5. Kids Day Out Hey kids, get ready for action beacause Kids Day Out is all about you! It wouldn't be a Carnival without a sea of smiling faces in their beautiful parks. Everything imaginable is on hand for a perfect day of play that will keep the little ones busy for hours. There are baby animals to cuddle and faces to paint, along with balloon animals, jumping castles and story-telling.
    6. Queensland Instameet at Queens Park Gardens at 8am To join the Queens Park Gardens Instameet, meet at the corner of Campbell Street and Lindsay Street, Toowoomba and explore the beautiful blooms and shady trees in the morning sun.
    7. Shakespeare Festival This year, Artsworx has the pleasure to present Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'. One of William Shakespeare's most delightful romantic comedies brings together wit and wordplay, Shakespeare's smartest heroine, and the most hopeless night watchmen ever imagined!
    8. Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring floral parade, food, wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at their iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival, Heritage Bank Live Concert Series, Kids Day Out and many more.
    9. Westbrook Family Fun Day Westbrook Family Fun Day is a free Community Day with gold coin entry, free rides, jumping castles, free music (jazz, Blues), interactive marquees, vendors, stalls, interactive skate competition, face painting, train rides, animal shows, interactive arts, food stalls, competitions, raffles, and lots more.
    10. Whodunit? Captain Curly Cobb and the Case of the Lost Treasure! Ahoy there mateys!! Join them for some swashbuckling fun on this exciting pirate adventure. Shiver me timbers, Captain Curly Cobb has lost his treasure. Collect your treasure map and loot bag, then it's all hands on deck to follow the clues as you search for Captain Curly's booty. AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH.
  • Markets (3)
    1. Hand Made Under the Stars Twilight Market Have fun shopping for unique hand made Christmas gifts this year at Cobb+Co Museum's annual Hand Made Under the Stars. Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience at Cobb+Co Museum's annual twilight markets. Be spoilt for choice by the wide range of quality, artisan made products, from jewellery and ceramics, to silk and wooden items, while enjoying gourmet food and a glass of wine.
    2. The Big Show: Militaria, Guns Collectibles Fair at Brisbane Showgrounds The Big Show is a large gun and militaria fair with antique and modern firearms, mixed collectibles and a small selection of quality antiques. It is practically a huge market for collectors, the majority of items are militaria and guns with a few nice general antiques and all sorts of collectables.
    3. The Mummy Tree Markets - Toowoomba The Mummy Tree Markets are back in Toowoomba with a great new venue at the Salo Centre, St Ursula's College. Not just a market but an event! The Mummy Tree Markets provide quality, unique products and services including both handmade items and products that have been carefully sourced and selected by stallholders, all under one roof. It is a fun day out for everyone with a family friendly atmosphere, including free entry, entertainment and free craft activities for children, as well as gourmet food and coffee alongside the fabulous and unique products that so many stallholders have to offer.
  • Performances (3)
    1. I Can Keep A Secret I Can Keep A Secret is a 60-minute cabaret combining the dirty and flirty talents of Brisbane-based collective Babushka. Hiding your lust for Darryl Somers? Pretending that pesky STD doesnt itch? Eat the chocolate frosting before it makes the cake? Youre not alone.
    2. Southern Cross Soloists at Twilight One of Australia's most successful and widely respected chamber ensembles share their international reputation for ground-breaking performance with a recital of Shakespeare-inspired music. The Southern Cross Soloist's unique combination of instruments -Paul Dean (clarinet), Margaret Schindler (soprano), Peter Luff(horn), Tania Frazer (oboe), Kevin Power (piano), Alan Smith(violin) and Patrick Murphy (cello) promises to delight and inspire.
    3. To Glee or Not to Glee The USQ Shakespeare in the Park Festival presents another extravaganza of song and dance featuring school and community groups from across the region. Bring the family and enjoy the show at the Clive Berghofer Recreational Centre.
  • Sporting Events (5)
    1. FKG Tour of Toowoomba The FKG Tour of Toowoomba is a 4 day 5 stage cycling event structured on traditional tours with a team time trial, undulating stage, hill top finish and a criterium. The FKG Tour of Toowoomba forms part of the Subaru National Road Series. In fact this Tour is the only event in the Subaru National Road Series event to be held in Queensland. In its fifth year the Tour is now being been acclaimed as the best event in the National Road Series (NRS).
    2. Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International The Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International (HBTI) is part of Tennis Australia's Australian Pro Tour. The 2013 HBTI was awarded the prestigious Newcombe Medal as Australia's Most Outstanding Tennis Tournament with this success expected to continue in 2014.
    3. Super Sports Sunday Dress in your favourite team gear and have fun competing with your family and friends in a wide range of sports and activities at Cobb+Co Museum's Super Sport Sunday.
    4. Toowoomba PBR Experience a once in a lifetime event as the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) prepare to deliver one huge night of the toughest sport on dirt. It's a showdown like no other - elite cowboys versus the toughest bulls on the planet in a 3 hour action packed sporting entertainment event that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
    5. Weetwood Raceday The Weetwood Raceday and Weetwood Week is Toowoomba Turf Club's biggest race meeting and carnival of the year. The feature race, the Listed Weetwood Handicap is run over 1,200 metres. The race attracts quality fields and is now recognised as the first race meeting of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. The Weetwood Raceday will host an eight-race program with over AUD340,000 of prize money on offer. The Listed Weetwood Handicap offers a prize purse of AUD150,000 and attracts runners from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, but also interstate runners that travel across the border for the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival program.

Tours

  • Full Day (1)
    1. OzMotorBike Side Car Tours - Bunya Mountains Experience the ride with Ozmotorbiketours seated close to the ground taking in heaps of mountain air as you meander your way ascending to the Bunya Mountains. You pass diversely rich rural farming land with the tour commencing at Brymaroo and for the next one or three hours you will be enveloped in a naked Russian Ural motorcycle side car taking in panoramic views and the natural wildlife that abounds the area including Pretty Faced Wallabies - King Parrots - Scrub Turkeys and more, stopping at vantage points and arriving at Dandabah, centre of Bunya Mountains for a break and coffee. Then return via the east side of the Bunya Mountains descending over sections of the Great Dividing Range arriving back at ozmotorbiketours base located at Brymaroo

Visitor Information

BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park

34A Eiser Street,
Toowoomba, 4350,
Australia

Freecall: 1800 333 667

Tel: 07 4635 1747
Email: info@big4toowoombagchp.com.au
Website: www.big4toowoombagchp.com.au

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