What To Do This Carnival Season

Did you promise yourself you'll actually doing something during the Carnival this year? Well, Here's your list.

What to do at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Each year the Carnival of Flowers takes over Toowoomba, and each year we promise ourselves we'll get more involved next time.

This is your year.

We've rounded up a few suggestions – free and paid, family-friendly and, well, not family friendly. Support the city and learn a bit more about why tens of thousands of people visit each September.


The Chef's Brunch + The Farmer's Markets

Do you like brunch? Obviously. (Even when it starts at 9am, which strictly speaking, is still breakfast time on Sundays.)

Chef Julia Busuttil Nishimura – of the new cookbook 'Ostro' – will present her tips and tricks over a delicious brunch at Gip's. Freshly filled with inspiration, pop by the PCYC markets on your way home to load up on dinner ingredients.

When: Sunday, 23 September at 9.00am
Cost: $69/pp
Where: Gip's Restaurant


Big Band at The Bluff

Spring Bluff is one of those places that you go as a kid, and then don't return until you have kids on your own.

Which is a shame, because holy heck is it beautiful there. The heritage-listed railway station and its landscaped gardens are open all year round, but are particularly special during Carnival season. And for one afternoon only, you can enjoy sounds of the Jim Miller Big Band as you picnic with friends.

When: Sunday, 23 September from 11.30am – 3.00pm
Cost: Free! No ticket needed.
Where: Spring Bluff Railway Station, Murphy's Creek


The Symphony Orchestra + Dinner at Zev's

Even those not normally clambering for a ticket to the symphony will love this show.

Performing the finest cinema soundtracks in history – everything from Cinema Paradiso to Thunderball – The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is bringing classical to the mainstream.

Have an early dinner at Zev's to allow enough time to wander to the Empire, and follow the show with a nightcap at The Chelsea.

When: Friday, 28 September from 7.30pm
Cost: Symphony Tickets $50
Where: The Empire Theatre


Sunday Session at the Festival of Food & Wine

Get the group together for sundowners at the Festival of Food & Wine.

Gracing the stage will be Kyle Lionhart (12.30pm), Augie March (4.30pm) and Swing On This (6.00pm). Choose a wine from a huge variety of local makers, or get a bucket of beers. Everyone can choose their own dinner from the food truck-style options.

When: Sunday, 23 September
Cost: $35 entry ticket
Where: Queens Park


Attenborough Documentary + A Picnic

If you're in the mood for something family-friendly, pack a picnic and a jacket and head over to Laurel Bank Park for a screening of David Attenborough's documentary, Life in the Undergrowth.

When: Saturday, 29 September from 6.30pm
Cost: Free!
Where: Laurel Bank Park, near the Gazebo


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