Take a short drive to heritage-listed Boyce Gardens and Rainforest, entry opposite 26 Jellicoe Street, Mount Lofty. This magnificent park, covering six hectares, was established as a private garden by leading Toowoomba citizens Leslie and Margaret Boyce in 1930. It was gifted to the University of Queensland in 1969. Explore this beautiful garden of contrasts with its cool rainforest, sunken garden (now the white garden), a terraced flower garden, western walk and shrubbery, walled garden, and beautiful lawn terraces.
Nearby is the Queensland State Rose Garden boasting a collection of some 2000 roses. A highlight is the Heritage Rose Garden featuring 180 roses that were introduced before the year 1900. The peak months to see these blooms are October and November, however, the roses can be viewed from October through to April.
Close to the city centre, Laurel Bank Park is a 4.5-hectare hidden floral gem that smells as good as it looks. The park incorporates a garden of richly scented flowers and herbs, designed and established back in the 1980s in consultation with the Downs Association for the Blind. Topiaries, rolling lawns and recreational facilities make the space popular with families. It’s definitely worth seeking out and perfect for a twilight stroll too!