Spring festivals and events in Queensland

Queensland blooms with art, flora, music and more this season
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
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When Queensland shakes off its not especially wintry chills, towns and cities around the state spring into step with food, culture and music up for grabs.

Over the coming months Brisbane will uncover some of the greatest up-and-coming musical talent; the Gold Coast will be hauling supersized body parts and animals onto the sand; and Toowoomba will be unfurling brilliant carpets of flowers. September sees Brisbane turn on its biggest festival of the year with a back-to-back schedule of music and theatre performances, plus plenty of food and drink to sample. The event is well known for its Sunsuper Riverfire grand finale, which illuminates the city with pyrotechnic sparkles.

Further up the coast, Bundy brings the house down with its Crush fest and proves culture and fun go hand-in-hand, and in Tropical North Queensland, Yarrabah unites the community with live music, food and a celebration of Indigenous culture. Suffice to say, all events are a gathering of energy and a showcase of the happy vibes of Queensland, where life is beautiful one day and perfect the next.

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Zico Albaiquni / When it Shook - The Earth stood Still (After Pirous) 2018 / Image courtesy: The artist and Yavuz Gallery
Art, Galleries

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)

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View the artistic creations of nations from Iraq to Hawaii at this five-month exhibition. More than 80 artists will have their work laid out, stitching together a story of how their contemporary art has impacted the AsiaPacific region. Kids are brought into the fold with workshops and multimedia activities. Brisbane, Nov 24-Apr 28.

While you're here: The GOMA Restaurant offers five and nine-course degustations to be enjoyed along with a stunning view. 

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