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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2017

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Prepare Your Petals Darling

Oh Petal, that time of year is coming around again. Can you hear the leaves ruffle with joy?

It's time to mark your calendar and plan ahead! This September Toowoomba will transform into a floral wonderland.

During the 10 days between the 15th and 24th this Southern Queensland City will put on the grandest of (Award Winning) Shows. The 2017 Toowoomba Flower Festival.

Winner of the Australian Tourism Gold Award for Major Festival or Event, the prestigious Carnival of Flowers is on its 68th year. That is 68 years of perfecting an event that traditionally blooms into a splendour for the all the senses.

Currently, the region is planting 180,000 blooms in preparation for another breathtaking collaboration with Mother Nature. Yes, they are literally preparing their petals for another spectacular festival that draws crowds by the thousands.

This year there will be over 60 unique events and funtivities. A street parade that annually pulls a crowd of over 10,000 people. Gourmet foods to feed your soul, music to move your mind and body and enough floral colour and fragrance to brighten your darkest day.

FOOD - Taste buds the festival will have you covered, tingling and enamoured.

QantasLink Opening Night Gala Dinner – Thursday 14th Sep A five-course degustation experience to remember at Toowoomba's beautiful Laurel Bank Park.

The Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival- Fri 15 - Sun 17 Sep Foodies delight!

Here's a taste:

Wine Appreciation - Fri 15 - Sun 17 Sep

Over 30 Foodie Stalls - Fri 15 - Sun 17 Sep

Anna Gare Celebrity Chef- Fri 15 - Sun 17 Sep

Progressive Food & Wine Tour 1 - Friday 22 Sept.
Entrée at PICNIC POINT, Main Meal at Inbound, Dessert at Artisan Pizza.

Progressive Food & Wine Tour 2 - Sat 23 Sep.
Canapés at Cobb & Co Museum, Main Meal at GIP'S Restaurant and Dessert at Picnic Point.

Over 20 Pop-Up Cellar Doors Fri 15 - Sun 17 Sep

Beer and BBQ Tasting - Fri 15 - Sun 17 Sep

Talking Pubs Tour - Sun 17 - Sun 24 Sep

MUSIC lovers - Ready your floral headbands and let the rhythm take you.

The Heritage Bank Live Concert Series line up reads like a festival 'ROCK' dream!

Australian Music Icon Daryl Brathwaite – (You're singing Horses right now aren't you?)

Legendary Rock Band - The Angels

- Indie Rock bands - The Paper Kites and The Temper Trap!

- X Factor's Isaiah

- The Voices - Mark Gable (Choirboys), Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera), Reece Mastin (X-Factor sensation) and Jason Sigh (Taxiride).

- Girl group - The Diamonds

- Boy group - Boys in the Band

- Australian singer-songwriter - Alex Lahey


PARKLAND ENTERTAINMENT Fri 15 - Sun 24 Sep FREE Music in the Park at Picnic Point, Queens Park and Laurel Bank Park

FLOWERSYou will only have eyes for Toowoomba as it rolls out the floral carpet!

There will be plenty of Garden Tours. The spectacular Winning Gardens usually draw up to 30,000 visitors. That's a lot of talking for these inspiring gardeners but they do it with pleasure and pride.

This city's parks will be on full display hosting a program of tours that you can book online.

Circle your maps with the below events and whatever you do make sure you find the time to visit the following must-see parks: Laurel Bank Park, Queens Park, Picnic Point, Boyce Gardens, Harrow Homestead, Spring Bluff and the Japanese Garden Ju Raku En.

- Grand Central Parade - Saturday 16 September

- The Chronicle Garden Competition - Friday 15 – Sunday 24 September

- St Luke's Flower & Music Festival - Friday 15-Wednesday 20 September

- Toowoomba Clivia Society Show - Friday 15-Wednesday 20 September

- Native Orchid Society of Toowoomba Spring Show - Friday 15-Monday 18 September

- Ikebana Display - Saturday 16-Sunday 24 September

- Toowoomba Orchid Society Show: Friday 15-Tuesday 19 September

- Toowoomba Bonsai Group Annual Show: Friday 15-Sunday 17 September

- Bromeliad Society Show: Saturday 16 September-Monday 18 September

- Twilight Tours of Laurel Bank Park: Monday 18-Thursday 21 September

- Morning Garden Tour: Friday 15 September-Sunday 24 September

- Afternoon Garden Tour: Friday 15 September-Sunday 24 September

- Full Day Grand Parade & Garden Tour: Saturday 16 September

- CBD & Architecture Walking Tour: Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 September

- 150 Years of Rail Walking Tour: Thursday 21 & Saturday 23 September

- Darker Side of Toowoomba Walking Tour: Saturday 23 September

This floral paradise can be an event filled getaway or an easy barefooted stroll on lush grass surrounded by an unforgettable colour explosion.

This event is for the nature lovers, the foodies and artful minded. Come for the bubble show and stay for the fireworks!

There loads more to see and do, Side Show Alley, Tours, Movies in the Park, Bus Shuttles to get to you from Petal to Petal.

Visit: to build your itinerary and to book your Garden tours, tickets for the Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival and Heritage Bank Live Concert Series.

There will also be Accommodation packages available soon on the site.

I will see you amongst the petunias my lovely daffodils, I promise it will be a blooming fantastic time!
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Why? Floral Wonderland
Where: Toowoomba
Cost: Please see website of ticketed events. Lots of Free events.
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