The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers | September 2019

It is quite fitting that one of Toowoomba’s earliest historical milestones was a visit by Allan Cunningham, an English explorer and botanist in 1816. He was searching for native trees and plant life that would withstand the Australian climate.

Toowoomba took a leaf from its historical pages to open its city doors to budding landscapers and gardeners with their Carnival of Flowers. It was started in 1949 by the local city council, who wanted a way to boost the economy after difficult years following World War II. The Carnival quickly bloomed into a very successful and popular event, both for locals and visitors.

Amongst a host of organised events, you can choose to indulge in local organic food and wine, experience local culture with live music, tour the exhibiting gardens or appreciating classic cars. Each activity is set to enliven the event and add enjoyment for visitors time in the ‘garden city’.

Arguably the highlight of the carnival is the Grand Central Floral Parade with the awe-inspiring floats and displays. But the Carnival also includes an awesome program of family-friendly entertainment with everything from amazing parades to kids rides, live entertainment, kids activities, celebrity Chef dinners, the all new Night Garden and much more held in multiple sites in Toowoomba.

Grand Central Floral Parade

toowoomba canival of flowers street parade

Over 100,000 people will line the street as hundreds of flowery floats wind their way through the heart of the city. This year’s  theme is “The Secret Garden” and will see street performers, carnival characters, incredible inflatables and stilt walkers escort the stunning floral floats on their journey to Queens Park.

Even the smallest of Grand Central Floral Parade goers can make their mark on the parade route prior to its commencement with FREE pavement chalk distributed by volunteers. The volunteers, located at various points along the Grand Central Floral Parade route so be sure to keep an eye out for them!

If you do decide to take the time and watch it whole, you should note that the parade does take one whole hour from any given point, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the vibrant floats and flashy costumes.

The Grand Central Flora Parade will be held on Saturday 21 September at 3pm.

Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine

Toowoomba Carnival of flowers, food, food trucks, girls drinking

 
While the grown ups are catered for with delectable produce and delicious local wines, the kids will love the activities on offer. Enjoy the dedicated children’s program for kids of all ages who are welcome to come and play, design, build, discover, draw, cook and create! Plus there will be numerous market stalls, cellar doors, live entertainment and a range of activities including cooking demonstrations from beloved celebrity chef, Adrian Richardson, and landscaping demonstrations with celebrity landscaper, Dave Franklin. 
 
Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine is on Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September. 

Sideshow Alley

toowoomba canival of flowers side show alley

It is a treat for the eyes, the ears and the stomach! Here you can find classic sideshow games, rides and entertainment plus DJ’s. Brisbane Kids will also love the amazing fireworks and laser light show each night that will light up the sky with spectacular colours – just remember to bring your own rug to snuggle up and enjoy the display. This year,  Jai Waetford, the digital-savvy 20 year old has a combined social media empire of 2.3 million, amassed 564 million worldwide streams, scored an ARIA-gold certified top 10 debut hit, toured alongside international superstars Selena Gomez and Little Mix, and headlined his own sold out tour in his home country, will be headling Sideshow Alley. 

Sideshow Alley will be open on Friday 20 September, 5pm – 10pm, Saturday 21 September 10am – 10pm & Sunday 22 September, 10am – 9pm.

The Night Garden

The Night Garden Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, lights,

Returning in 2019 after a very popular debut last year, Queens Park will spring to life in an illumination of glowing colour that weaves through a secluded section of the parkland. Designed as an interactive space, the Night Garden features immersive light installations, dazzling light displays and a pop-up foodie options.

The Night Garden will be open from 26 – 28 September from 6:30pm – 9:30pm each night. Tickets are required for this event. 

Greenery and Gardens

Toowoomba carnival of flowers flowers

Across the carnival there are numerous gardens, parks and displays or stunning greenery and flowers to faun over. There are open areas to simply stroll around and soak up the atmosphere or you can choose to take a guided tour to learn about Toowoomba’s history, the lengths it takes to grow such beauty and a lesson on native plants. There are displays by the Geranium Society, Bonsai Group, the Orchid Society, Ikebana Group and so many more.

Experience the trains at Spring Bluff

Spring Bluff Flowers And Rail Line

Take your train enthusiasts to the heritage listed Spring Bluff Railway Station to learn more about 150 years of railway history and explore the gardens and flowers. The Spring exhibit is absolutely stunning with an array of poppies, ranunculi, stocks, snapdragons, petunias and many other annuals bursting into colour under the warm sunshine.
 
The Trains at Spring Bluff runs Friday 22 to Sunday 28 September. Tickets are required for this event. 

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Event Details

  • Dates: 20- 29 September 2019
  • Location: Various Toowoomba Locations
  • Who: The Whole Family

To find out more about the 2019 Toowoomba Canival of Flowers, including the full program of events, head to http://www.tcof.com.au/

 

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