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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2020

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This much-loved annual event is going ahead in 2020
Despite 2020's uncertainty, the iconic Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, held every year since it was established in 1949, is going ahead from 18 - 27 September.

The 2020 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is going ahead!
The 2020 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is going ahead!


The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is wildly popular each year, with over 106000 people visiting the 2019 displays in Queens Park alone. And although organisers do expect numbers to be lower in 2020, 170000 blooms have been planted in displays across Toowoomba.


Queens Park is one of the carnival's popular destinations each year
Queens Park is one of the carnival's popular destinations each year



In order to satisfy new COVID19-safe requirements, neither the Heritage Bank Festival and Food and Wine, nor the Qantas Gala Dinner will be held this year. However, other food events, including the Talking Pubs Tour on 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th September, and Foodie Dinner Tour on 26 September will still be going ahead with bookings required.

Although still going ahead, some events are being rested due to COVID19 in 2020
Although the carnival is still going ahead, some events are being rested due to COVID19 in 2020


Many of the living floral displays across Toowoomba and surrounds are free to visit. Popular locations include Queens Park, the gardens at historic Spring Bluff Railway Station in Spring Bluff, Picnic Point Parklands, and the University of Southern Queensland's Japanese Garden Ju Raku En.

A pelican visiting the Carnival of Flowers at the Japanese Gardens
A pelican visiting the Carnival of Flowers at the Japanese Gardens


The entire family - including four-legged members - is catered for at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The Petals and Pups Itineraries with dog-friendly events and locations can be viewed here.

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is suitable for the whole family
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is suitable for the whole family


The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers can be reached by flying in to Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport which is approximately 17Km west of Toowoomba, by coach through Greyhound, Murrays, or Bus Queensland, or by car through the 155Km Lockyer Valley route from Brisbane.

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is an easy day or weekend out from Brisbane
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is an easy day or weekend out from Brisbane


Toowoomba has a number of Tourist Information Centres that will have maps, events registers, souvenirs, and friendly volunteers on hand during the Carnival of Flowers.

With volunteers across events and tourist information centres, visiting the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is child's play
With volunteers across events and tourist information centres, visiting the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is child's play
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Why? The iconic Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers includes free and ticketed events across Toowoomba, providing visitors from across Queensland with a great short break from the uncertainty of 2020
When: Anytime
Phone: 131 872
Where: Toowoomba
Cost: Free (and some ticketed events, with links in the article)
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