Nothing says spring like the colours of flowers, and when it comes to seasonal flowers, Toowoomba, about a 2 hour drive from Brisbane, is the place to be. The annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is one of those things you won’t regret seeing. The array of colours, the beauty, is spellbounding. Literally breathtaking! And it’s such a wonderful experience to share with children. The best way to plan your visit is to visit the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website because there are many different events to enjoy. I’m highlighting three spots our family loves to visit during the festival.
Date: Friday 21 September — Sunday 30 September 2012
Spring Bluff Station is one of all time favourite places to visit, especially in the springtime. It’s tucked away, a little way down the mountain side, and you feel like you’ve stepped back into time. Watch out for the steam train passing, get a coffee from the cafe, stroll past the colourful gardens or have a picnic lunch. Check out Spring Bluff on Google Map — Spring Bluff.
Queens Park is the hub of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, and there are many gardens to explore. There is also a playground nearby. Google Map - Queens Park Gardens.
Laurel Bank Park
Laurel Bank Park always has fun displays for kids (like the Thomas Train hedge), along with many other beautiful gardens. Google Map - Laurel Bank Park.
Family Fun things to do
- Bring a picnic mat and eat lunch amongst the gardens
- Bring the camera! Might be a good place to take that family photograph to use on this year’s Christmas Cards
- Pack a sketch pad and pencils for the kids and ask them to draw some of the things they see
- Buy flowers when you’re home again to display in the house, and do a flower deconstruct activity when they start to droop.
About Brisbane Kids Travel Writer — Kelly
Kelly loves stopping for quiet moments to feel the wind on her face and adventuring with her husband and four children. You’ll find her over at her blog, Be A Fun Mum.