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Fields of Sunflowers near Brisbane

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Published February 4th 2016
See glorious sunflowers on a day drive from Brisbane
Sunflowers in bloom, as far as the eye can see, are a magnificent sight, and worthy of inclusion on every nature lover's bucket list. I find these leafy plants with bright yellow heads fascinating.

They are majestic, towering over most people, and in large numbers, form a sea of gold near the horizon. Located on farms between Warwick and Toowoomba, the best time to view them is during the summer months. However, this can be a tricky exercise because weather conditions are an important factor in determining when they bloom (my research suggests that it can be any time between October and March). On the last Sunday in January, we set off from Brisbane, hoping to see these glorious flowers. Petrol prices were low, and a long drive through the countryside in an air-conditioned vehicle was a great way of escaping the humid weather conditions outside.

Sunflowers as far as the eye can see
Sunflowers as far as the eye can see

We hadn't found any sunflowers driving the 'Sunflower Route' on a previous trip (summer of 2013), so seeking local knowledge seemed like a good idea on this trip. The Warwick Visitor Information Centre is about two hours drive (156 kilometres) South West of Brisbane. While they can offer no guarantees that you'll see sunflowers in bloom, they are probably the best source of information for where to find them. They are open seven days (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-1pm), and a friendly staff member gave us maps, showing the best places to look. We travelled North for about 50km before turning off the New England Highway (A3) onto the Nobby Connection Road. We continued along this road until we reached Richards Road, and that is where we hit the jackpot. Thousands and thousands of sunflowers.

Sunflowers up close
Sunflowers up close

Follow directions given by the Warwick Visitor Information Centre
Follow directions given by the Warwick Visitor Information Centre

The tiny town of Allora is about 25 kilometres North of Warwick and has much to offer, particularly if you are interested in buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. For more information, see the Queensland Southern Downs & Granite Belt Heritage & Historic Building Trails book. We stopped at the Frog and Swallow Café for lunch, and ate toasted sandwiches. Although we did not buy coffee, a plate on the wall signed by a famous sportswoman, suggested that it was the best in town. Interestingly, Allora has had more than its fair share of famous residents. For example, Wayne Bennett (Coach of the Brisbane Broncos), and Laura Geitz (netball player and Captain of the Queensland Firebirds), both lived there as children. The author of Mary Poppins (P.L. Travers), also lived there for a brief period when she was a child

Plate at the Frog and Swallow Cafe in Allora
Plate at the Frog and Swallow Cafe in Allora
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Why? See glorious sunflowers on a day drive from Brisbane.
When: Sunflowers can bloom any time between October and March. To avoid disappointment, check with the Warwick Visitor Information Centre before you go.
Phone: Telephone: (07) 4661-3122
Where: Warwick Visitor Information Centre, 49 Albion Street (A15), Warwick (signs directed us toward parking in Fitzroy Street, very close to the entry doors).
Cost: There is no charge for looking at the sunflowers.
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Great idea for an article Myrtle! I really enjoyed it and hope to drive this route myself sometime.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4206) 1962 days ago
So much to explore in this great state of ours, good article
by schal (score: 2|155) 1960 days ago
Wow - amazing! This goes into my to dolist..
by Diana (score: 2|719) 1954 days ago
Are the sunflowers growing naturally?
by Anthony Carrick (score: 2|252) 1957 days ago
Are the sunflowers in the Warwick area in Jan/Feb 2018?
by Justi (score: 0|3) 1353 days ago
Hi there I just wanted to ask if people are able to have picnics there? Thanks heaps
by nelly (score: 0|3) 1239 days ago
I enjoyed the article and have decided to explore the area when possible.
by hinds (score: 0|2) 1957 days ago
Also in the town of Allora is the Sports Museum with a superb number of local sports achievers Open every Sunday or by app other days by calling 0407034320 Displays of Australians that have had lots of success overseas
by judyh (score: 0|2) 1616 days ago
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