The locals love it and visitors travel from all over the country to get amongst it – coming into its 72nd 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 all about the florals and the perfect place to dive in to the blooms is at the public parks. The 190,000-strong floral displays in Laurel Bank Park and the Botanic Gardens of Queens Park will have you thinking that you’ve landed in the Garden of Eden. If you want a behind-the-scenes look into the the secret world of the parklands by night, you can even take a twilight tour of Laurel Bank Park where you can get educated on all things green under the stars. The illuminating evening entertainment gets taken up a notch at the Night Garden at Queens Park, which will feature a bevy of bright light installations. After a COVID hiatus, the Grand Central Floral Parade is back and better than ever on Saturday September 18. You can expect an explosion of colour and eccentricity at this year’s parade, which will be full to the brim with street performers, carnival characters and roving entertainment.
Set to tantalise tastebuds once again (this time for a whole month!), region-wide food trail #trEATS is making a comeback. So you can tuck into Toowoomba’s delicious food scene whilst saving a pretty penny, this year’s #trEATS will feature a mouth-watering array of cheap eats from 36 local flavour makers, all ranging from $10 to $20. If you want to continue filling up on some tasty tucker, there’s a huge range of foodie tours happening during the festival. Start off with the Talking Pubs Tour, which takes visitors to boozy pit stops like Bar Wunder, The Brewhouse, Hotel Norville and George Banks Bar and Bistro to enjoy a brew or two. So you and your favourite furry mate can enjoy the festival and all of the pooch-friendly activities that Toowoomba has to offer, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has curated three different itineraries for a fun-filled dog’s day out.
To take a look at everything happening, head to the official Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website.