Flower power

Celebrating 70 years of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

Flora enthusiasts will flock to Toowoomba this September to celebrate the 70th annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

The carnival, which began as a street parade in 1949, now attracts more than 250,000 attendees over the 10-day event.

This year more than 1100 hectares of public parks and private gardens will be on display, complete with more than 180,000 bulbs and seedlings in full bloom.

Toowoomba Councillor Geoff McDonald said preparations for the carnival were in full swing.

“Gardeners across the city have been planning and planting over the past month to ensure everything blooms in a perfectly timed carpet of colour for the expected 250,000 locals and visitors who celebrate with us,” Cr McDonald said.

The 20-29 September program features 77 unique events and experiences including award-winning parks, stunning private gardens, streets bursting with floral colour, internationally-acclaimed musical acts, food and wine, plus cultural displays.

Cr McDonald said the carnival will have something for everyone.

“What makes Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers so special is that there is so much to experience – if you love emerging music, we have that; if you are a gardener, we have plenty; if you are a foodie, then prepare for flavour overload,” he said.

Aussie music legend John Farnham and ABBA tribute group Bjorn Again will headline the food and wine festival, which will feature more than 50 produce and wine stalls celebrating flavours straight from the paddocks, orchards and vineyards of southern Queensland.

If you’d like arrive in style, book a seat on the Silver Bullet Express Tour. The specially charted vintage 2000 Class ‘Silver Bullet’ railcar will travel from Brisbane to Toowoomba, past farmland and quaint Lockyer Valley towns with a photo stop at the picturesque Spring Bluff station.

Program, tour and accommodation information can be found at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website.