Fan-floral-tastic ! – Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Written by Sally

It has been on my must-do list for a few years and this time my Mama, friend and hairdresser
Eli and I cleared the schedule and tiptoed amongst the tulips and more at the kaleidoscope of floral fabulousness from Asters to Zinnias.

I am not saying by the end of it I knew my Antirhinnum Magus from my Ranunculus, but it has unanimously been decided that it will be an annual girls’ day out tradition from now on and ever more.

It was a rare and beautiful thing to just wander and be in nature and slow down for a moment.

The first weekend Ergon Energy Food & Wine Festival was a lovely addition with great music acts, over 20 wine cellars and gourmet food providores from all over Australia offering tastings and selling their wares.

Running until Sep 24 , there is still time to have a memorable day of great multi-generational family school holiday entertainment that does not include the bloomin’ Emoji Movie … don’t … I did … I will never get that time back again.

Get on your Thomas Topiary Train and chuff over there.

Plus, I have never seen so many stylish people of all ages and ethniticies in one place in Australia ever … truly …from all walks of life – from cool Country farmer gents to colourfully dressed Indian extended families all enjoying Australia’s most acclaimed special event. The atmosphere was utterly charming. Indeed, no wonder it is called The People’s Carnival.

Here are a few highlights of our fan-floral-tastic day !





My Top #TCOF Tips

  1. Leave early – we left Brisbane at 7.30am and got a rock star park. We smugly watched the snail trail of cars coming up the mountain at 10.30 from the Picnic Point park – as we relaxed listening to a cute live band playing The Girl from Ipanema.
  2. Go to Botanic Gardens first – pick up your map and guide and start your floral adventure here.
  3. Then take your picnic to Picnic Point and enjoy the free jazz and cool breezes amid the beautiful floral displays.
  4. Head over to Laurel Bank Park Gardens for the afternoon – this was a highlight – the topiary, wisteria tunnel, sakura blossom, asters, the Croquet club Devonshire tea and Michael Bublé-esque dulcet tone duo all added to the joy here.
  5. We drove from place to place because my Mama’s back was an issue but there is a great shuttle bus that would have been perfect.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: A history

Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has flourished and is now an iconic Queensland event.  The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use their “Garden City” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the recent hardships of war. On October 21, 1950 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, the Parade was a resounding success. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers subsequently became firmly cemented as an annual event.

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the current title holder of Gold Award for Major Festival and Event at the annual Australian Tourism Awards. A title a long time coming!

Attracting tourists from Queensland, interstate and internationally, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the longest-running floral event of its kind in Australia, defying drought and flood to grow bigger, brighter and ever more colourful each year, bannered with the welcoming theme of EAT, LAUGH, PLAY, STAY.

A breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours and sounds, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will take over the Southern Queensland city in the most beautiful of ways from September 15 to 24 with a program of more than 60 unique events and experiences including internationally acclaimed musical acts, award winning parks, some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Queensland and a multitude of cultural adventures.

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