[Sponsored] Once a year, Toowoomba becomes a sea of colour and a waft of perfume as thousands of flowers bloom across the city
Toowoomba has a reputation for being the ‘Garden City’ – so a few smart noggins thought that segued nicely into a celebration of such. Fair to say the idea was a good one, given the town’s flower carnival has been going strong since 1949.
In the lead-up to the festival the local council gets busy planting mass flower displays around the parks and CBD. The 176,000 seeds-in-dirt look unsuspecting at first, but come spring, plants suddenly twirl into bloom, throwing colour across the city like confetti.
The major displays are in the Botanic Gardens, Queens Park and Laurel Bank Park, but wandering pretty much anywhere will take you past a photogenic curation of petals. The official carnival stretches over ten days, but the main shebang happens on Saturday September 22 when 100,000 people line the streets for the Grand Central Floral Parade. Floats made of flowers wind through the streets before parking on Godsall Street Oval where you can get a better look.
The carnival has a series of side events, including progressive food tours, beer and barbecue tasting. The Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine celebrates Southern Queensland Country’s produce and wine, and will feature celebrity chefs as well as performances by the Living End, Augie March and old-school rockers Choirboys.