toowoomba carnival of flowers

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2021

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is back, and it’s bigger than ever. With 190,000 flowers set to bloom in a glorious canvas of colour, it’s no wonder so many Queenslanders are excited for the start of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – AND SPRING – starting September 1!  The Carnival of Flowers will be happening for all of September this year, rather than just 10 days, allowing more people to spend more time in the floral-filled parks, public spaces and gardens, to taste the flavours of the Region and to stay a little longer.

toowoomba carnival of flowers
Moreton Bay Bug at Hotel Norville – Photo Credit: Nigel Hallett

The highly successful COVID-Safe format of The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in 2020 has been replicated for 2021, with new events added to this year’s program and the welcome return of others.

  • Floral displays in all parks and public spaces including feature blooms in Queens Park Botanic Gardens and Laurel Bank Park, as well as floral chalk art
  • #trEATS regional food trail which shines the light on 36 cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs with Spring inspired dishes. So, dig out those stretchy pants and put the diet on hold! Visit tcof.com.au for the menu
  • The famed Talking Pubs tours will be held every Sunday
  • Stunning light-filled Night Garden in Queens Park Botanic Gardens
  • Parkland entertainment featuring local musicians and entertainers
  • Twilight Tours in Laurel Bank Park
  • The popular dog-friendly Petals and Pups itineraries
  • Guided and non-guided walking tours
  • Cobb + Co Museum will have a packed program for young and old to discover
  • Community events, gardening experiences and gardening displays will be happening across the month
  • The famous Festival of Food and Wine returns to Queens Park this year, held from September 10 to 12, celebrating the best in regional produce and Australian music.
  • The event that stops and unites the city, the Grand Central Floral Parade also returns in a kaleidoscope of colour! It will be held on Saturday, September 18 with a much earlier start time of 10am, allowing crowds to enjoy a full day shopping, sightseeing and adventuring. 
  • New to the program is High Cheese at Spring Bluff, held in partnership with Lockyer Valley Regional Council and hosted by famed chef and local produce champion, Alastair McLeod! This will be an extraordinary experience, given it is happening at the beautiful heritage-listed station that boasts 150 years of railway history and magnificent gardens.
  • Also new is Cinema Under the Stars, a free community event in the leafy lawns of the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery, with a line-up of classic movies featured. 

This weekend (September 3 – 5):

  • #trEATS regional food trail
  • Night Garden in the Botanic Gardens
  • High Cheese at Spring Bluff in partnership with Lockyer Valley Regional Council, hosted by famed chef and local produce champion, Alastair McLeod on Saturday, September 4
  • Talking Pub tours and Foodie Dinners

Oaks Toowoomba Hotel’s Grand Central Floral Garden Parade Party will be held on 18 September and offer a VIP viewing experience of the parade from the balcony at Oaks Toowoomba Hotel.

Tickets are $75 per person and include:

  •  Event entry
  • Gourmet selection of floral themed savoury and sweet treats
  • Beverage package including; floral inspired cocktails & mocktails, in addition to wine, beer, soft drinks & juices
  • Prime viewing of Toowoomba’s Grand Central Floral Parade from Oaks Toowoomba Hotel’s balcony
  • Lucky door prizes, raffles and draws

The Floral High Tea at Oaks Toowoomba Hotel’s on site restaurant, Oak & Vine, will incorporate elements of the Garden City’s florals to create a unique and delectable tea party menu. Food, beverage, and dessert items will be crafted to appear like flowers, while featuring innovative edible floral elements. The floral-themed high tea menu will be on offer every day from 10-19 September from 6.30am – 2pm, at a price of $49*. To book a table, call 07 3053 8890.

The full program is available at tcof.com.au and tickets are on sale now.

toowoomba carnival of flowers
Fairy Floss French Toast at Jilly’s Cafe – photo credit Nigel Hallett

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