Date – 30 Sep 2018

Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy

Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy

As twilight settles in, Queens Park will spring to life in an illumination of glowing colour that weaves through a secluded section of the parkland. Designed as an interactive space, the Night Garden features immersive light installations, LED lighting and large fields of dazzling light displays.

This NEW event will ‘brighten’ your day! Don’t miss it!

When

Wednesday 26 Sept – Sunday 30 Sept, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost

Adult $15 | Concession/Student $10 | Child (13 years and under) $5 | Adult+Child $16

Location

Middle of Queens Park, Godsall St, Toowoomba (Google map)

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Parkland Entertainment

Parkland Entertainment

Pack a picnic and bring the family along to musical delight and activities among the flower beds. Throughout Carnival our parks will come alive with music, entertainment and blooms.

There will be something for everyone – specific bands, musicians and scheduling will be announced soon.

When

Fri 21 Sept – Sun 30 Sept

Cost

Free

Location

Laurel Bank Park, 50 Hill St, Toowoomba (Google map)

Queens Park Botanic Gardens, 43 Lindsay St, Toowoomba (Google map)

Picnic Point Park, 164 Tourist Dr, Toowoomba (Google map)

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Queens Park

Queens Park

Queens Park is the hub of Carnival with the Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine, Sideshow Alley and the finishing point for the Grand Central Floral Parade.

Cnr Margaret & Lindsay Sts –  Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine (21-23 Sept)

Cnr Margaret & Hume Sts  –  Sideshow Alley (21-23 Sept)

Cnr Hume & Godsall Sts –  Grand Central Floral Parade finishing point (22 Sept)

Cnr Campbell & Lindsay Sts – Free floral displays in Botanic Gardens (21-30 Sept)

Queens Park has retained the charm and character common to 19th century public parks and botanic gardens. It’s like stepping back in time. While it’s meticulously tended all year round, Queens Park puts on a special show for her visitors during Carnival. The much-loved Queens Park is probably most recognised for the beautiful camphor laurel lined avenue. But there’s something to behold wherever your eyes take you including bright flower beds, large canopies of stately trees and acres of expansive green lawns. Plus there are two playgrounds to delight the kids and an off-leash area that keeps the local dogs very happy and waggly.

What’s on during Carnival?

Sway along with the flowers in time to the melodies of the talented musicians and bands in Queens Park Botanic Gardens. Don’t miss a chance to get your muscles moving and join in on a free outdoor class. The musicians and schedule will be announced soon!

Feeling peckish?

The Toowoomba Historical Society is open every day during Carnival from 9:30am to 4:30pm in the Botanic Gardens on Lindsay St, providing light refreshments, hot & cold drinks, baked goods, sandwiches and rolls.

Don’t miss the scrumptious local produce and stalls within the Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine held in the park from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September. Or discover the bustling cafés located across the road on Margaret St and the variety of foods, flavours and restaurants just a short walk away in Toowoomba CBD.

Information Hub

Want more info about Carnival or what to see and do while you’re in town? Visit our Information Hub in the Botanic Gardens for the Carnival low-down, to pick up a map, book bus tickets, or even browse the official merchandise. We are open Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 September from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily.

When

Friday 21 Sept – Sunday 30 Sept

Cost

Free

Location

43 Lindsay St, Toowoomba (Google map)

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Laurel Bank Park

Laurel Bank Park

Just to the west of the city centre on Herries Street are the magnificent grounds of Laurel Bank Park. Kids love the giant “caterpillar” and “train” shapes which have been topiary clipped into the hedges. Keep a nose out for the garden the Downs Association for the Blind helped create. It’s bursting with strongly scented blooms you can enjoy with your eyes closed! Laurel Bank Park’s stately grounds also feature a croquet lawn, graceful archways, an elevated viewing platform and a great childrens’ play area.

Don’t miss the exciting events and tours happening in Laurel Bank Park.

Herries St – Docos After Dark (29 Sept)

Hill St – Twilight Tours (24 – 28 Sept)

What’s on during Carnival?

Toowoomba’s parks aren’t just for flowers, bring your picnic blanket and relax to music floating from the beautiful parks.  Or why not try something diffferent with some of the active options throughout Carnival.

Time for tea?

While you’re visiting beautiful Laurel Bank Park, drop into the Croquet Club for a traditional Devonshire tea or cool drink between 9am and 4pm daily from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 September.

Information Hub

Want more info about Carnival or what to see or do while you’re in town? Visit our Information Hub in Laurel Bank Park just off Herries St for the Carnival low-down, to pick up a map, book bus tickets, or even browse the official merchandise. We are open Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 September from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily.

When

Friday 21 Sept – Sunday 30 Sept

Cost

Free

Location

50 Hill St, Toowoomba (Google map)

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Picnic Point

Picnic Point

Perched atop the crest of the Great Dividing Range is the heritage listed Picnic Point. The panoramic 180 degree views will take your breath away stretching out over the valley to surrounding mountains, the deep gorges below and the world heritage listed area of The Scenic Rim. Picnic Point is 160 precious acres of priceless landscape and on a clear day you can see all the way to Brisbane.

When you enter the park you’re greeted with an avenue of mature hoop pine and South Queensland kauri before the parklands open into gorgeous manicured lawns.

A stroll along the beautiful Pardalote Walk is a great way to take in spectacular views of the Lockyer Valley. The Pardalote Walk follows the very edge of the escarpment. The full length of the walk is about 1.9km with access at a number of points along the escarpment.

Picnic Point is one of those special places that will stay in your memory. You’ll be glad you took the time to soak up the incredible views and breathe the fresh, crisp air.

Picnic in the Park

Why not pre-pack a picnic, get up close to nature and enjoy the parkland scenery? The Picnic Point restaurant is a tasty option, offering stunning views over the valley and a relaxing rest-stop after a busy morning exploring the parklands.

Don’t miss an opportunity to lick your lips around an iconic violet ice cream at Picnic Point café! It’s a must do when in Toowoomba! The café is perched on the escarpment with views for miles. Café opens 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 5pm Friday to Sunday.

Information Hub

Want more info about Carnival or what to see and do while you’re in town? Visit our Information Hub on Tourist Road for the Carnival low-down, pick up a map, book bus tickets, or even browse the official merchandise. We are open Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 September from 8am to 4:30pm daily.

When

Friday 21 Sept – Sunday 30 Sept

Cost

Free

Location

164 Tourist Rd, Toowoomba (Google map)

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Peacehaven Botanic Park

Peacehaven Botanic Park

Peacehaven Botanic Park is set in the leafy suburb of Highfields, 15 minutes drive north of the Toowoomba CBD.  Covering 5.3 hectares, the park offers panoramic views of Gowrie Junction and the Bunya Mountains to the west and includes a diverse collection of Australian native flora and other attractive botanic specimens, including rare and endangered plants. The park is home to more than 200 different species of native plants and scores of birds and wildlife. Follow the meandering paths to discover why locals and visitors of all ages love Peacehaven.

The Peacehaven Botanic Park nursery is a specialist native plant nursery, with many plants available that are rarely found in other nurseries. It’s open 9am-12:30pm on Thursdays and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. The volunteers, with their wealth of knowledge, will be pleased to help you select the best plants to purchase for your garden.

When

Friday 21 Sept – Sunday 30 Sept

Cost

Free

Location

56 Kuhls Rd, Highfields (Google map)

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Japanese Garden Ju Raku En

Japanese Garden Ju Raku En

One of the most beautiful and peaceful parks in Toowoomba is the University of Southern Queensland’s Japanese Garden. This 3 hectare site is one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll gardens. Ju Raku En, roughly translated, means ‘to enjoy peace and longevity in a public place’. Its elements of mountain stream and waterfall, dry garden, central lake, azalea hill, three kilometres of paths, 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants combine in a seamless and restful harmony.

Don’t miss the riot of colour at this stunning haven.

When

Friday 21 Sept – Sunday 30 Sept

Cost

Free

Location

55 Regent St, Toowoomba (Google map)

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Boyce Gardens

Boyce Gardens

Boyce Gardens are simply stunning. They were named after Leslie and Margaret Boyce who established the garden in 1930. In May 1969, the Boyce family gave the estate to the University of Queensland in trust, for educational purposes and to preserve and maintain the gardens and natural forest.

Boyce Gardens are as varied as they are beautiful. There’s a breathtaking rainforest on the north-eastern corner, a pine forest along Mackenzie Street on the eastern side, plus an avocado orchard and Australian flowering shrubs. On the southern side discover rose gardens, native orchids, camellias and manicured lawns.

When

Friday 21 Sept – Sunday 30 Sept, 9am – 4pm

Cost

Free

Location

6 Range St, Toowoomba (Google map)

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Spring Bluff Railway Station Gardens

Spring Bluff Railway Station Gardens

Heritage-listed Spring Bluff Railway Station is home to 150 years of railway history and beautifully landscaped gardens. Nestled on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba, the splendour of the gardens will stop you in your tracks. The spring exhibit is absolutely stunning with thousands of visitors each September enjoying the magnificent display with an array of poppies, ranunculus, stock, snapdragons, petunias and many other annuals bursting into colour under the warm sunshine.

Pop in to Spring Bluff Café for a delicious lunch or a hot cup of coffee. It’s open every day during Carnival from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Big Band at the Bluff

The Jim Miller Big Band plays the tunes of yesteryear in the picturesque gardens at Spring Bluff Railway Station. Chill out on the lawn or dust off your dancing shoes to swing to the Big Band sounds. Picnic-makers and BBQ-lovers descend on the gardens to soak up the music and atmosphere. Come along and don’t forget your picnic basket and blanket!

When: Sunday 23 Sept, 11:30am – 3pm

When

Friday 21 Sept – Sunday 30 Sept

Cost

Free

Location

59 McCormack Drive, Murphys Creek (Google map)

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Park Shuttle

Park Shuttle

To make getting around the city as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible, a Park Shuttle Bus will operate each day during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The shuttle bus will travel a loop of the public parks and the CBD.

Simply park the car at Picnic Point (there’s lots of parking!), purchase your ticket and jump on the next shuttle bus. Tickets will be available to purchase at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Info Hubs located in Queens Park, Laurel Bank Park & Picnic Point Park from Thursday 20 September to Friday 30 September.

Pick up Point Departure Time Additional Departure Time (Fri-Sun)
1. Picnic Point Tourist Rd Bus Zone 0.00 0.30
2. Queens Park Lindsay Street 0.15 0.45
3. CBD Neil St Interchange 0.25 0.55
4. Laurel Bank Park 0.40 0.10

IMPORTANT: Last departure from Picnic Point is 4pm Monday – Thursday and 4:30pm Friday – Sunday.

When

Friday 21 Sept – Sunday 30 Sept, 9am – 5pm

Departs Picnic Point every hour Monday-Thursday

Departs Picnic Point every 30 minutes Friday-Sunday

Daily Cost

Adult $10 | Child (13 years & under) $5

Location

Picnic Point (Tourist Rd – Google map)
Queens Park Botanic Gardens (Lindsay St – Google map)
Toowoomba CBD (Bus Interchange, Neil St – Google map)
Laurel Bank Park (Hill St – Google map)

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