The locals love it and visitors travel from all over the country to get amongst it – coming into its 71st year the award-winning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers continues to bloom. Spectacular gardens, country touring, live music and local food and wine are just a small taste of what’s on offer over the course of this bloomin’ great event. It is the longest-running floral event of its kind in Australia as the premiere celebration of horticulture and all things spring.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a breathtaking ten days of flowers, flavours and sounds, taking over the picturesque Southern Queensland city with a program of more than 30 unique events and experiences including incredible live music acts musical acts, award-winning parks, some of the best food and wine in the region and a huge range of cultural adventures. Some of the event highlights include the 170,000-strong floral displays in Laurel Bank Park and the Botanic Gardens of Queens Park, music and parkland entertainment, a ferris wheel, food trucks and twilight tours taking place in Laurel Bank Park. Instead of the traditional street parade, Grand Central shopping centre will be home to the Parade of Colour this September school holidays, and to celebrate 71 years since the first parade made its way through the city, the virtual Itty-Bitty Grand Central Floral Parade featuring miniature floats will also be screening on Saturday September 19.
So you can tuck into Toowoomba’s delicious food scene, there is a region-wide food trail called #trEATS that will feature an mouth-watering array of eats from more than 60 local flavour-makers, each offering a $20 springtime #trEATs on their menu during September. There will also be foodie tours including the Talking Pubs Tour, which takes visitors to boozy pit stops like Bar Wunder, Muller Bros, Irish Club Hotel and George Banks rooftop Bistro. There’s also two different Foodie Dinner Tour to take, the first Friday Foodie Dinner Tour going to Café Valetta overlooking Queens Park, Charred atop the Toowoomba range and Kingfisher Café, and the Saturday Foodie Dinner Tour heading to Cobb+Co Museum, Inbound at the Toowoomba historic railway station and Gip’s restaurant.
Ready to walk off all sweets and treats you’ve indulged in? There’s a number of fascinating walking tours to embark on so you can discover the storied history behind Toowoomba. Tours include the Laneways and Street Art Tour, The Dark Side Walking Tour, the Architecture Styles Tour and the 150 Years of Rail Walk and Talk Tour.
To take a look at everything happening, head to the official Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website.