Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers set to bloom

Garden lover’s delight to celebrate all things spring.

More than 170,000 blooms have been planted across Toowoomba’s major parks and public spaces to create a spectacular canvas of colour for the Garden City’s annual Carnival of Flowers celebration on 18-27 September.

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers would be one of the first major events to be staged post-lockdown.

“Toowoomba is primed and ready to showcase it’s natural beauty. Nothing can stop the power of the flower and we are inviting people from all over to come and play in the petals this spring,” Cr Antonio said.

The 2020 program features more than 30 events and activations with 48 local tour departures ready to go. All events, experiences and areas will be managed with COVID-safe plans in place.

“After a spectacular 70th anniversary event in 2019, we were adamant that COVID-19 was not stopping us,” Cr Antonio said.

“While numbers may be down this year due to COVID-19, the 170,000 blooms will still colour the city and are all 100% free to see. 

“We are the Garden City, our rich red volcanic soils along the escarpment and our dynamic black soil plains surrounding us are the envy of many green thumbs around the world, so we need to show the world how it’s done. 

“This is what makes the carnival so special. It’s a celebration everyone can take part in and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again this September.”

Headlining the 2020 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers are the parks and public spaces, including Laurel Bank Park and the Botanic Gardens of Queens Park.

Floral displays, music and parkland entertainment, a ferris wheel, food trucks and twilight tours will take place across September in the parks.

Due to COVID-19 crowd restrictions, the popular Grand Central Floral Parade will be transformed into a static installation of decorated floats throughout Grand Central shopping centre. 

The program features a new region-wide food trail called #trEATS, as well as the popular Talking Pub and Foodie Dinner Tours, guided and non-guided walking tours, plus activations at the Spring Bluff Railway Station, Cobb + Co Museum and the much-loved floral group displays.

Cr Antonio encouraged visitors to explore the wider Toowoomba region during trip to the carnival.

“I encourage everyone to lock in their overnight stays in Toowoomba early, book your bed plus your dining locations now so you can be guaranteed a spot,” he said. 

“There is so much to see and do with all the petals in our parks. Take a road trip around the region, buy a treat or two and help local businesses get back on their feet.”