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Kalbar Sunshine and Sunflower Festival 2022

The Scenic Rim's annual sunflower festival is set to bloom again this autumn.
By Sarah Ward
January 06, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
January 06, 2022
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UPDATE, March 16, 2022: Kalbar Sunshine and Sunflower Festival has moved its dates from Friday, March 25–Sunday, March 27, and will now take place over the weekend of Friday, April 8–Sunday, April 10. This article has been updated to reflect that change.

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Traditionally, autumn is a season filled with orange, red, brown and yellowing leaves, as spring and summer's greenery makes way for winter. Come April, just over an hour outside of Brisbane, it'll also be a time for golden stems — all as part of the Scenic Rim's returning Kalbar Sunshine and Sunflower Festival.

Expect to spot sunflowers as far as the eye can see at the Jenner family farm in Kalbar. Last year, there was more than 200,000 of the vibrant blooms reaching up to the sky — and, however many there are between Friday, April 8–Sunday, April 10, you'll be able to wander through them all. In fact, there'll even be a maze stretched across an eight-acre patch.

Launching in 2021, the event came about after Russell and Jenny Jenner changed direction during Queensland's ongoing drought conditions. Usually, they farm lucerne but, with water levels low, they opted to switch to a crop that doesn't require as much H2O. And, with all those sunflowers then looking rather striking, the couple was keen to let everyone else enjoy their golden petals.

For its 2022 event, the fest will feature yoga in the sunflower field, painting sessions focused on committing sunflowers to canvas and having dinner right in the middle of yellow flowers. Picnicking in the farm's sunny surrounds just goes with the territory, too.

Obviously, taking plenty of photos with a golden backdrop is definitely on the program as well.

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