Toowoomba Flowers Carnival

2015 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Date : Friday 18th - Sunday 27th September 2015

The City of Toowoomba, in Queensland, is famous for its exhilarating past together with its parks, gardens and scenic views. This affluentUniversity City is set 700 meters higher than the sea level, on the rim of the Great Dividing Range. It is tactically situated at the intersection of major main roads from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin and is just 90 minutes drive from the state's capital, Brisbane. There is so much to see and do in this prosperous city of more than 90,000 people.

The Garden City is an appropriate description for Toowoomba on Queensland's Darling Downs. The city has 1,044 hectares of parkland including Redwood and Jubilee parks on a natural bush land escarpment and the centrally located Queens Park with its full-grown trees and playing fields. The beautiful Botanical Gardens, with their perfectly manicured lawns and vivacious garden beds, bring a divine calmness to the heart of Toowoomba. The gardens are a major attraction of the city's Carnival of Flowers which is held in every September.

The Carnival

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is Australia's supreme operational annual horticultural event and is well known as a countrywide Spring idol. Toowoomba is prominent for its Carnival of Flowers in spring. The bright, colourful flowers paint a portrait of the way of life in Toowoomba Queensland. Anybody with a genuine or potential green thumb will find out from the horticultural event of the year; Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers

Carnival was pioneered as a way for the city to use their “Garden City” repute to uphold the increased economic activity following the adversities of war. 

On October 21, 1950 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers was inaugurated with a street convoy that lengthened three miles in length.  Escorted by a bullock team and watched by a crowd expected to be 50,000 strong, the Parade was an echoing sensation. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers consequently became steadfastly cemented as a yearly occasion in the region’s society calendar.  

As the years passed, Carnival’s appeal expanded, attracting tourists from across Queensland, both nationally and internationally. 2009 corresponded to yet another highlight in the Event’s prosperous history, as Toowoomba and its nearby regions remembered 60 years of Carnival merriment.  

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Diamond Anniversary will remains memorable for its making and promises than ever before. Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (TCOF) was at first created by the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and, through its 60 years, it has been harmonized by various management structures and committees. The TCOF is (as of March 2008) possessed and controlled by the Toowoomba Regional Council (previously Toowoomba City Council). 

The celebrated company Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Corporation Ltd still subsists but has no legal accountability to the Toowoomba Regional Council (hereafter referred to as Council). Between 2002 and 2007, a society based Working Group was selected to drive the course of the event.   

The co-ordination and action of the Event is now undertaken by Council officers and their tasks include (but are not restricted to) Carnival funding, marketing and promotion, organization and enactment of innumerable flagship procedures, and detailed co-ordination of many society based events that have found an abode beneath  the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers umbrella.  

In addition to the selected Council Officers, a range of outside subcontractors help Toowoomba Regional Council with the event supervision and creative direction services necessary to manage the event.

Famous Parks in which Events are Conducted

Carnival sees Toowoomba royal municipal parks and private gardens reach their peak. Toowoomba Regional Council gardeners are stiff at work from April each year to make sure that the City’s blooms and garden beds offer a burst of colour and seasonal fragrance right on prompt for the first week of Carnival.  This yearly effort is concentrated on three of the City’s valued parks – Queens Park Gardens, Laurel Bank Park and Picnic Point.

Queens Park Gardens

Considered Toowoomba’s pride and joy, Queens Park Gardens in Lindsay Street offer unmatched botanic attractiveness. An amalgamation of impressive old trees rose and parterre gardens, woodland and broad open spaces make Queens Park a retreat in the heart of the city. 

Laurel Bank Park

Laurel Bank Park in Herries Street presents a grand show of attractive blooms, unusual scented gardens, herbs and shrubs in elevated garden beds. Guests are requested to take in the delicate perfumes as they stroll by, or sit and take in the ambiance. Playground apparatus and a charming marquee complete the park. 

Picnic Point

Toowoomba’s apex, Picnic Point, is located on Tourist Road cuddled up atop the Great Dividing Range.  With dazzling panoramas overlooking the extensive Lockyer Valley, Picnic Point features magnificent gardens, natural bush land and out of this world views. Make a point of visiting this panoramic parkland.