Self Drive Itineraries

We’ve designed a selection of self-drive itineraries so you can make the most of your visit to Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Discover the highlights of Toowoomba with three local itineraries. Explore nearby regions on the way to Toowoomba with three new itineraries from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Plan your trip and spend a few days in Southern Queensland Country.

Choose your drive:

  • Toowoomba Parks & Gardens
  • Spring Bluff & Highfields
  • 3 Day Carnival Family Fun
  • Brisbane to Toowoomba Scenic Drive
  • Sunshine Coast to Toowoomba Scenic Drive
  • Gold Coast to Toowoomba Scenic Drive

Explore the beauty of Toowoomba, discover our spectacular public parks, colourful gardens and vibrant community events.
Below you will find a number of Self Drive Itineraries designed to help you make the most of your time at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

Some of the attractions and Exhibition Gardens have entry fees. These are identified with an asterix (*) below. Please ensure that you refer to the individual event open times when preparing for your visit.

Toowoomba Parks & Gardens Self-­Drive

Total Drive Distance – 27km approx.    


•       Picnic Point Lookout & Parklands
•       Queens Park Botanic Gardens
•       Hanging Basket Display, Cobb+Co Museum**
•       Boyce Estate Gardens
•       3 x Toowoomba Exhibition Gardens **
•       Laurel Bank Park
•       Japanese Garden Ju Raku En

Download Self Drive Parks and Gardens (PDF)

We recommend a full day to experience this drive. Alternatively you may prefer to split this drive over two days to allow more time to enjoy the parkland entertainment.


Spring Bluff & Highfields Self-­Drive

Total Drive Distance – 21km approx.


•        Spring Bluff Railway Station
•        Toowoomba Exhibition Garden**
•        Peacehaven Botanic Park
•        Highfields Pioneer Village**
•        The Village Green

Download Self Drive Spring Bluff & Highfields (PDF)

Highfields is a pretty highland community around 17km north of Toowoomba along the New England Highway. Discover a historic railway station, beautiful gardens, craft shops, lovely country drives and chocolate!


3 Day Carnival Family Fun Self-­Drive

Valid Fri 27 Sept to Sun 29 Sept 2019


•        Picnic Point Lookout & Parklands
•        Queens Park & Parkland Entertainment
•        Cobb+Co Museum**
•        Night Garden**
•        Scenic Rail Journey to Spring Bluff**
•        Laurel Bank Park & Parkland Entertainment
•        Carnival of Trains & Thrive on Arts**

Download 3 Day Self Drive (PDF)

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers program features 10 days of fantastic events. But, for this three-­‐day itinerary, we’ve specially selected great family events over the second weekend.
Hot Tip: Secure one of our family friendly accommodation packages now!

Experience a nostalgic rail journey, see the Night Garden, join an art workshop and more….


Keen to take a different drive to get to Carnival?

We have some suggested self-drives to help you to enjoy the journey before you reach your Carnival destination!

Brisbane to Toowoomba Scenic Drive

Road trip to Toowoomba via a scenic 155km drive through Rosewood, Laidley and Flagstone Creek!


•        Cobb & Co tourist route
•        Original Cobb & Co staging post
•        Grandchester Steam Sawmill
•        Laidley Valley views
•        Gatton’s rich farming fields – Australia’s Salad Bowl
•        Pohlman’s Nursery
•        Staging Post Cafe-Restaurant

Download Self Drive (PDF)


Gold Coast to Toowoomba Mountain Discovery Scenic Drive

Travel through the magic Tambourine Mountain region on your way to Toowoomba astride the Great Dividing Range!


•        Tamborine Mountain and it’s foodie delights
•        Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
•        Maryvale’s pictureques farmlands
•        World Heritage listed Main Range National Park
•        Heritage listed Glengallan Homestead
•        Mary Poppins author’s home town Allora
•        Iconic and character filled Rudd’s Pub at Nobby

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Sunshine Coast to Toowoomba Scenic Drive

Head west and take in the rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges!


•        Yowie Park at Kilcoy
•        Old meets new in Toogoolawah
•        Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
•        Lake Wivenhoe and Lake Somerset
•        The serene Ravensbourne National Park
•        Hamlet of Hampton
•       Chocolate Cottage at Highfields

Download Self Drive (PDF)