Sunflower fields close to Brisbane
If you are looking for sunflower fields close to Brisbane then we are ready to meet your expectations! Ah, sunflowers! These tall and cheerful flowers that track the sun can be found by the field full, growing in farms within driving distance from Brisbane. If you want to buckle up, hit the road and get some unique family photos in front of a sea of yellow, here are our tips for locating their golden goodness.
Sunflower fields forever in the Southern Downs region
Warwick and the surrounding Southern Downs region is one of the best places to go searching for sunflowers. They bloom in the summer months (December through to March), but once a plant opens up its happy face, it will only bloom for three to four weeks.
Sunflowers are also influenced by weather conditions, so there are never any guarantees that a field will be flowering when you visit.
The best approach is to phone the visitor information centres at Warwick or Allora before you leave home and ask whether there are any local fields in bloom. They can also give you a street/road to put into the GPS system. One farm near Allora that has bloomed in the past, is a property on Willowvale Road (which is a dirt road). While in Allora, you can also visit the childhood home of P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins), and check out the delightful and historic township.
If you’re starting from Warwick, follow the signs for the “Sunflower Route” (Tourist Route 11), which is a 26-kilometre drive through fertile farmlands. It is a scenic drive at any time of the year, but particularly when sunflowers are blooming. For more ideas on things to do with kids while in Warwick, check out our post here.
Other places to see sunflowers near Brisbane
There are also sunflower fields in the Scenic Rim Region, and the area plays host to the Kalbar Sunflower Festival which boasts more than 300 000 sunflowers (held annually around Easter time). This festival allows you and your kids to get up close and touch/photograph the sunflowers through a variety of events. There’s entertainment, food and drinks to purchase, and even a maze cut into eight acres of sunflowers!
Common courtesies when visiting sunflower farms
Remember, these are working farms (sunflowers may be sold for floristry, or for their nutritious seeds), and trespassing is not permitted. You must not enter the fields, pick the flowers or leave litter behind. If you want to get the ultimate shot, bringing along a stool can give you an elevated view over the golden flowers, even from behind a fence. Also be careful of trucks, cars and machinery that may be sharing the road with you, and might need access to the farm.
If your Brisbane Kids were enamoured with what they’ve seen and would like to have a go at growing their own sunflowers, read our step by step guide. Or visit more flower fields near Brisbane, including lavender farms, with our flower experience itinerary.