Take a bow-wow, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers!

July 2018

Just announced: first-ever dog-friendly itineraries and the stunning Night Garden!

As if petal power was not enough! In a historic move, the acclaimed Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has TODAY launched Petals & Pups – its official dog-friendly program, completely dedicated to hounds and their humans and in salute to Toowoomba’s first canine ambassador, ‘Puppy’ the Pomeranian.

Dogs have always been a part of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. At the very first Carnival parade in 1950 the Toowoomba Thistle Band’s drum major, Mr Hugh Morgan, set the benchmark with his tartan-clad pooch ‘Puppy’ marching alongside the ensemble. Today a statue commemorating ‘Puppy’ stands at the iconic Picnic Point parkland which overlooks Toowoomba’s scenic panorama of the Great Dividing Range.

The pawsome Carnival program which boasts more than 30 dog-friendly activities, 27 off-leash parks and 20 human-and-hound accommodation stays, was announced this morning at Picnic Point with Millie the Pomeranian and her canine companions donning flower collars for the special occasion.

Cr Geoff McDonald also showcased another new experience for the 2018 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, the stunning NIGHT GARDEN powered by Ergon Energy. To be staged in Queens Park from Wednesday September 26 through to Sunday September 30 nightly from 6.30pm, the Night Garden will be a magical experience, an adventure starring illuminations of all sorts – immersive glowing colours and lights, installations, LED lighting and ground to sky brilliance.

Both new programs are just part of the overall Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2018 which features more than 66 unique events and experiences, including beautiful garden tours, internationally acclaimed music acts, some of the region’s best food and wine, and a multitude of cultural and natural adventures over 10 glorious days from September 21 to 30. More program detail, ticketing, information on tours and accommodation can be found at www.tcof.com.au or www.facebook.com.au/CarnivalFlowers


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers’ Petals & Pups program:

The Cultured Canine Itinerary – if spending a weekend strolling through perfectly manicured gardens, taking in amazing art and indulging in a long lunch (all with your canine companion in tow) appeals, then this is your pawfect pick. The days starts with some laneway love, exploring Toowoomba’s fantastic street art scene, before a visit to Picnic Point where a selfie with the famous bronze statue of “Puppy” is a must. From here, it’s a lazy lunch, before an off-leash play at Queens Park and then some petal time in the Botanic Gardens.

Pampered Pup Itinerary – the pawfect day of Instagrammable indulgence! This begins with a puppaccino (and cappuccino for the human), before some Doggie Day Spa time (a signature cut and blow dry perhaps) followed by some dog-friendly local lux shopping before taking in the petals at Laurel Bank Park.

Adventure Dog Itinerary – it’s the barking brilliant day for action-packed trailblazers and starts with a hearty breakfast, a bushland adventure at Garnett Lehman Park, a snack (and a great single origin coffee for humans) before free ranging at Dr Alex Horn Park (great for sunsets!).

Full itineraries and directions at tcof.com.au


Pet Friendly Places to Eat

Toowoomba locals will tell you that the café and coffee scene is worth sticking around for! Plan your day around stopping in for fresh produce and master-brewed coffee at some of the region’s best pup friendly cafes.

  • The Park House Café – 92 Margaret St, Toowoomba
  • The Chocolate Cottage – 10475 New England Hwy, Highfields
  • The Finch – 2/469-473 Ruthven St, Toowoomba
  • Piccolo Papa – 4/52 High St, Rangeville
  • Extraordinary Joe – 102 Taylor St, Toowoomba
  • Red Bench Café – 62 Margaret St, Toowoomba
  • The Bungalow and Basket – 4/400 Ruthven St, Toowoomba


Travel essentials

To ensure your pooch day is pawsome make sure you pack the following essentials:

  • Water bottle + bowl
  • Leash and harness
  • Poop bags
  • Soft blanket
  • Familiar food and snacks


Stay and Play

Hound friendly accommodation options in Toowoomba and the surrounding areas:

Andrew’s Place  4 Englart St Toowoomba Q 4350
Apartments 725  725 Ruthven St Toowoomba Q 4350
Augusta’s Cottage  150 Campbell St Toowoomba City Q 4350
Banksia Cottage   5 Norwood St Toowoomba Q 4350
Big 4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park  34a Eiser St Harristown Q 4350
Blue Violet Motor Inn  31 Margaret St Toowoomba Q 4350
Clifford Gardens Motor Inn  316 James St Harristown Q 4350
Cohoe House  3 Cohoe St Toowoomba Q 4350
Flying Spur Motel  277 Taylor St Wilsonton Q 4350
James Street Motor Inn  Cnr James & Kitchener Sts Toowoomba Q 4350
Jolly Swagman Accommodation Park   47-53 Kitchener St Toowoomba Q 4350
Park Motor Inn  88 Margaret St Toowoomba City Q 4350
 Ruthven Street Motor Inn  786 Ruthven St South Toowoomba Q 4350
Sunray Motor Inn  96 Mcdougall St Wilsonton Q 4350
Toowoomba Motor Village  821 Ruthven St Toowoomba Q 4350
Vacy Hall   135 Russell St Toowoomba Q 4350
Whiteoaks Motel & Lodges  12 Margaret St East Toowoomba Q 4350
Cooby View Farm Stay  51 Loveday Rd Geham Q 4352
Oakridge Motel Tourist Park   Toowoomba Road Oakey 4401
Pittsworth Shady Rest Caravan Park  Cnr Yandilla & Mcintyre Sts Pittsworth 4356
Rangemore Estate  Malling Boundary Rd Maclagan Q 4352
The Woolshed At Jondaryan  264 Jondaryan Evanslea Rd Jondaryan Q 4403
Yuruga  5 Mount Flag Rd Preston Q 4352