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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Next on: 20-29 September 2019

The award-winning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the ultimate celebration of spring. More than just beautiful blooms and stunning gardens, its delicious local food and wine, internationally acclaimed music acts, show rides, regional tours and the most extravagant street parade around!

With so much happening, a little local knowledge is a handy thing. With our tips you’ll be all over it!

#Instaworthy Parks, Gardens and Floral Displays

Visit the amazing floral displays in Queens Park and Laurel Bank Park. Pick up a coffee from one of the local favourites (Ground Up, Bakers Duck or Milk and Honey) and head for the gardens before 9am when it’s quiet and the flowers are at their freshest.

Snap a shot of the flowers at Picnic Point with Tabletop Mountain and the sun rising in the background. You will have to be up at dawn to get this photo…trust us, it’s worth it!

The garden city really goes all out this time of year, with free parkland entertainment taking place for the length of the carnival. From opera singers to community yoga sessions, not to mention a diverse menu of music on offer from jazz and blues to folk and rock’n’roll. Bring a picnic blanket and set yourself up for a day’s leisure.

Catch the train from Toowoomba Station to enjoy the free jazz and trackside plantings at historic Spring Bluff Railway Station.

Don’t miss the stunning exhibition gardens – These specially-selected gardens are chosen because they are so unique and creative that they deserve a special show all of their own. Be inspired, and perhaps learn a tip or two.

Pick up a copy of the ‘Chronicle Garden Guide’ from the local Visitor Information Centre and map out your own must-see gardens.

Festival of Food and Wine

It’s a festival within a festival! Running on the first 3 days of Carnival 20-22 September, treat yourself to the best of the region's food and wine.

Must do:

  • Enjoy live music – From tribute bands Bjorn Again and Queen Forever to the fine tunes of Middle Kids and Cheap Fakes and classic acts like Dragon and John Farnham.
  • Taste award-winning local wine from the Granite Belt, Toowoomba and South Burnett
  • Make a flower crown out of fresh blooms 
  • Lunch on delicious local food at one of the many food stalls 
  • Sample the smoky meaty goodness at the Beer & Barbecue tasting sessions 
  • Learn about garden design from The Block’s landscape designer Dave Franklin 
  • Meet and watch a cooking demonstrations by Adrian Richardson

Grand Central Floral Parade

On the first Saturday of Carnival, join the 100,000 others lining Toowoomba’s CBD streets to see floral floats, stilt walkers, rousing bands and carnival characters on their way to Queens Park. Just make sure you get there early…like 2pm to nab your spot!     

But wait…there’s more!

Explore the Night Garden – as dusk falls, Queens Park comes alive with spectacular interactive lighting displays weaving through the grounds.

Hop on a progressive foodie tour of some of Toowoomba’s favourite restaurants

Join the Talking Pubs walking tour around Toowoomba pubs to learn a bit of history and hear a few tall stories over some tasty morsels and fine ales.

No carnival is complete without a visit to Frogs Hollow (lower Queens Park) for some fairy floss, show bags and sideshow fun, topped off with a nightly fireworks displays (20-22 Sep).


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