Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Eat, Laugh, Play and Stay at The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Image: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Facebook page
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers was first initiated in 1949 (now in its 67th year) and is Australia's longest-running annual horticultural event. This 'blooming' Carnival was first introduced as a way for the city to showcase their "Garden City" and to promote increased economic activity following the hardships of war. On 21 October 1950 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that extended for three miles - led by a bullock team and watched by an estimated crowd of 50,000, this first Parade was extremely successful, thus firmly establishing it as an Annual Event for the Region.
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers' appeal has now extended to tourists across Queensland, Interstate and Internationally - and now has the boasting rights to having won the 2013 Queensland Tourism Award for Festivals and Events and the Gold for the Festivals & Events Category at the Australian Tourism Awards held in April 2015.
Stunningly beautiful gardens, Image: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Facebook page
This year's Event promises to be bigger, better and more colourful - this is a celebration of flowers, food, wine, culture, entertainment and all things spring!
Street Parade, Image: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Facebook page
With an awe-inspiring street parade, beautiful flowers, floral displays, divine food, incredible wine, fascinating art, imaginative interactive workshops and outstanding entertainment, Side-Show Alley for the children, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has something for everyone!
An incredible line-up of exciting Events:-
Gala Dinner (Thursday 15 September 2016)
Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival (Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September 2016)
Heritage Bank Live Concert Series (Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September 2016)
Grand Central Floral Parade (Saturday 17 September 2016)
• Sideshow Alley (Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September 2016)
• The Chronicle Garden Competition (Friday 16 to Sunday 25 September 2016)
• The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens (Friday 16 to Sunday 25 September 2016)
• Spring Polo (Saturday 24 September 2016)
• Kid's Day Out (Sunday 25 September 2016)
• Parkland Entertainment (Friday 16 to Sunday 25 September 2016)
• Twilight Garden Tours (Monday 19 to Friday 23 September 2016)
and so much more. To whet your appetite, have a look here:-
They have something new on their website now too - you can customise your Carnival experience and make sure you don't miss a thing - when you see an activity/event that you're interested in, click the 'add to your itinerary' button and it will be added to your personal itinerary. You can review your personal itinerary at any time, but remember, if an event requires a ticket, you'll still need to book it.
Pretty as a Picture, Image: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Facebook page
For all visitor information regarding ticketing information, how to get to the Carnival, Drive Itineraries, Park and Ride and Accommodation packages please visit their website: www.tcof.com.au
We look foward to seeing you at the Toowoomba Flower Carnival - bigger, better and definitely more colourful!