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By Sarah Ward
December 14, 2020
By Sarah Ward
December 14, 2020

Every year, when spring hits Toowoomba, the regional city becomes the brightest place in southeast Queensland. Blooms blossom, greenery sprouts and flora reaches towards the sun — that's right, it's Carnival of Flowers time.

Usually, the carnival only runs for ten days. In 2021, however, it's sticking around for an entire month. Accordingly, mark all of September in your diary — from Wednesday, September 1–Thursday, September 30 — and start planning a weekend trip west.

As always, the Carnival of Flowers will bloom at a variety of Toowoomba locations — including Laurel Bank Park and the Botanic Gardens of Queens Park — showcasing all of the gorgeous florets, growths and gardens around town. And while the full agenda won't be revealed until closer to the event, you can expect everything from park tours to kaleidoscopic arrays of tulips, petunias and poppies. Each year, more than 170,000 blossoming bulbs and seedlings are planted, so this huge (and free) carnival won't be short on natural splendour.

Outdoor dwellers can also expect live music in flower-filled parks, food trucks slinging bites to eat, a food trail showcasing local eateries and a ferris wheel with a blooming great view, while pub, dinner, art and architecture-focused walks also tend to be on the bill.

In 2021, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will celebrate its 72nd year — and yes, the illuminated night garden will return.

Yes, that means there's no bad time to visit — and you might want to make the trek more than once. Indeed, when it comes to scenic spring sights, there's no prettier place to be. And, given it takes less than two hours to head up the mountain from Brisbane, it's perfect for a weekend day trip. Make a playlist, take a picnic and there's your Saturday or Sunday sorted.

Naturally, this year's event will be adhering to COVID-19 requirements — so expect some social distancing with your bouquets.

Image: Tourism and Events Queensland


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