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.

Brisbane Festival
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Brisbane Festival

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Signature pink and white banners start generating Brisbane Festival excitement mid-year, given September is Brisbane’s month in the spotlight. The bulk of the action takes place around the CBD and South Bank, with gigs, theatre performances, food trucks and art exhibitions. It culminates with Sunsuper Riverfire, when fireworks explode over the Brisbane River. Brisbane, Sep 8-29.

While you're there: While relaxing in South Bank, enjoy the river views and the quality Italian fare at restaurant Popolo

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

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As Toowoomba drifts out of winter, locals toil away burying 150,000 seeds that spring wondrously to life in September. The carnival celebrates not only flowers, but food, wine and music. Toowoomba, Sep 21-30.

While you're there: Join a tour of historic pubs, join a progressive dinner, and rock out to bands including the Living End. Get your coffee fix at Ground Up Espresso Bar, serving brews, breakfast and lunch in one of Toowoomba's street art-decorated laneways.

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Crush Festival Bundaberg
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Crush Festival Bundaberg

Bundaberg erupts with a ten-day party centred on music, writing, art, theatre and film. The festival includes pizza and poetry, reggae by the river, beach barbies, and handmade craft sold from wheelbarrows. Bundaberg, Oct 5-14.

While you're there: Be sure to stop by the Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries for exhibitions by local and touring artists.

Troy Cassar-Daley at Yarrabah Band Festival
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Yarrabah Band Festival

Yarrabah Band Festival uses the power of music to unite the local Indigenous community with visitors from afar. Join in for a day of live gigs, food stalls, art and craft displays and kids’ rides. Honourable guests have been known to front up, with past performers including James Morrison and Troy Cassar-Daley. Cairns, Sat Nov 3.

While you're there: You’ll want to experience the rainforest, and the Josephine Falls within Wooroonooran National Park, 25 minutes’ drive from Cairns, is an idyllic waterfall a one-kilometre walk into the bush.

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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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