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If need a reason to rally the troops, behold the events and festival calendar of Southern Queensland Country. Every year there’s something new, so check in here regularly, but here’s a list of some that have been attracting happy crowds for years.
The Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers started as a way to mark the end of World War II austerity, and it’s still bringing people together to celebrate flowers, food, wine and springtime sunshine. Throughout September, more than 200,000 visitors delight in open gardens, the iconic floral parade and a carnival atmosphere that brings the city to life. There’s so much to do, you’ll want to stay a few days, so be sure to book accommodation early.
In the first weekend of August, every second year, the town of Tara in the heart of the Western Downs welcomes visitors from across Queensland and around Australia for the Tara Festival. A laughter-filled weekend spent under outback skies swapping camel-racing tips will surely be one to remember. The next festival is in 2024, but its growing popularity means now’s the time to alert the family group chat or muster your mates for a weekend of camel racing, markets, food stalls and the liveliest country music.
If you prefer casks to camels, mark the biennial Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival in the diary now. From February 23 to March 3, 2024, the Granite Belt region will celebrate its produce with a food & wine fiesta, live music, open gardens and of course, iconic grape-crushing events; apparently nothing brings people together like stomping around in a vat with a hundred kilos of ripe fruit.
Winter in Queensland is short and delicious, so rug up the gang for the Jumpers and Jazz In July Festival in Warwick. Across a midwinter weekend, crafty types and musicians come together for the quirkiest festival you’ve ever experienced. See the work of the ‘Yarntopians’, who dedicate themselves to wrapping 90 tree-trunks as colourful yarn installations, taste the region’s best food and wine then kick back and enjoy world-class jazz performed on the streets, in the parks and in character-filled restaurants, cafes and pubs warmed by friendship and family.