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Gardens & Parks


Centenary Park

Located in the heart of Crows Nest town. This park features various precincts including a central grassed forum, gallery walk and arbour, memorial precinct, Jimmy Crow precinct, children's play precinct, and performance space. The gardens in the park were designed by local landscape architect Richard & Rosemary Jones, of Cloudlake. Wisteria Walk in Spring is covered in beautiful purple Wisteria and there is the whispering wall, where even the slightest whisper, can be heard from the other end of the garden hedge.

Two Anzac Day memorial commemorations are held in the park each year on April 25th.

The park includes barbecue and picnic facilities and toilet amenities and there is off-street parking available.

Address: New England Hwy, City Centre Crows Nest QLD


Chapman Park

This small park contains the Hampton Visitor Information Centre and is a popular spot for visitors to stop with its mature trees providing excellent shade. Free overnight camping is available for campers and travellers. Emeraude cafe, That Shop @Hampton and the Hampton Store, can can be found on the other side of the New England Highway.

The ever popular Hampton Festival is held in the park every year in May, where thousands of people gather to enjoy, live music, food, wine and arts from local producers and artisans from around the region.

Address: 8623 New England Hwy, Hampton QLD


Cooyar Swinging Bridge Park

Swinging Bridge Park is well worth a visit if you're venturing out Cooyar way.

Nestled on the bank high above Cooyar Creek, the parkland impresses with its namesake suspension bridge beckoning a walk over.

Whether you're a day tripper or an overnight camper, the park's electric barbecue and several covered seating areas will help make your stay a comfortable one.

Toilet facilities are located at Cooyar's Memorial Park, 30 McDougall Street, just a short stroll away.

Address: 2 Fergus Street, Cooyar QLD 


Davidson Arboretum

Davidson Arboretum (Latin for ‘tree garden’) is a one-hectare park in Highfields - a 15 minute drive north of the Toowoomba CBD.

The Arboretum features walkways and avenues of trees, a formal arbour and a rest shelter making it a tranquil space to enjoy all year round.

From May to June, the gardens transform with deciduous species bursting into a brilliant display of autumn colours. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens and take a rest in the shelter donated by the Toowoomba Rotary Club, or picnic on the manicured lawns.

Address: 11 Cawdor Road, Highfields QLD 


Hartman Park - Applegum Walk

Hartmann Park Circuit is a loop of approximately 600m long in the park north of Bald Hills Creek. The trailhead starts at the Hartmann Park picnic area, crosses the creek and goes up the hill following a set of concrete steps. The walk passes over a shelf of sandstone rock, offering some magnificent landscape and geological features. The forest canopy is a collection of eucalyptus species while the undergrowth of plants provides a rich display of wildflowers in spring. This local park has a beautiful bushland setting and is perfect for a picnic along Bald Hills Creek. Linked walking tracks provide access to Applegum Park and Bullocky's Rest.

Address: New England Hwy, Crows Nest QLD

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