This month is a spectacular display of flowers, flavours, and sounds in Toowoomba. The iconic Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers takes across Southern Queensland from September 1 to 30.
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has thrived since its inception in 1949 and has become a legendary Queensland event. Carnival is the brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce as a method for the city to capitalise on its reputation as a “Garden City” and encourage more economic activity in the wake of WWII’s struggles.
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers began on October 21, 1950, with a three-mile-long street parade. A bullock team successfully led it in front of an estimated 50,000 spectators. Since then, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has received honours such as the Gold Award for Major Festival and Event at the Queensland Tourism Awards (in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018) and Australian Tourism Awards (2016, 2017, 2018).
The iconic festival also received Hall of Fame recognition at the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards and the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards. The 10-day festival’s attendance has soared through the years, reaching 294,000 participants at the 2019 event.
Now is your chance to experience the famed festival if you have never been to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers or missed it due to restrictions. Below are events you should look forward to!
Festival of Food & Wine
You can enjoy the renowned produce of Southern Queensland Country for three delectable days. Enjoy mouthwatering flavours, fresh fruit, and wine from the area’s abundant pastures, orchards, and wine vineyards. Don’t miss a beat as the festival’s talent is blooming this year! Listen to some of Australia’s most well-known bands and performers!
The Toowoomba Region Eats (#trEATS) is back. Because Toowoomba’s cafés, pubs, cocktail bars, and everything in between regularly serve delectable meals and breathtaking beverages, the region is brimming with unique gastronomic encounters. However, keep an eye out for a menu of limited-time springtime treats that will only be available during the festival! The best part is that they are only between $10 and $20!
Twilight Tours of Laurel Bank Park
Enter the twilight zone and explore the hidden realm of Laurel Bank Park. This one-hour nighttime tour will allow you to observe the darker side of plant life and learn about it from experts. Find uncommon and endangered animals, and know what happens in the background to make the picture-perfect park. The journey starts at Laurel Bank Park, close to the visitor centre. Don’t forget to reserve your spot!
Toowoomba Trails Walking Tours – Art, Architecture and History
Visitors may get behind the scenes of Toowoomba’s architecture, street art, and history with the help of Toowoomba Trails Walking Tours. Explore the street art concealed in the laneways of Toowoomba and the magnificent architecture of the ancient city centre. Other trips investigate the Railway Yards, the city’s shady side. Visitors will hear about the Toowoomba events that influenced Queensland history.
These are only a few events you may attend; the entire family will enjoy many others, such as the well-known Grand Central Floral Parade. It is one of Toowoomba’s favourite annual events. On September 17, join in the fun as the beautiful floral floats are escorted by roving entertainment, carnival characters, and street performers as they make their way to Queens Park.
Make reservations for your Toowoomba accommodation to be at the celebration’s centre.
Laguna Apartments Toowoomba is in a peaceful neighbourhood in the CBD. Their apartments are the perfect home base for exploring the area’s breathtaking national parks, visiting the city’s famed parks and gardens, or taking in the lively local café and bar scene!
Book your Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers at Laguna Apartments!