36 Hours in Toowoomba During Carnival
convince your friends to move here with this weekend guide.
everyone knows toowoomba comes alive during the carnival of flowers, which is why every guest room is suddenly full for the weekend.
If you have friends staying for the weekend, we've created two itineraries to show off Toowoomba at its best – and convince your friends to move here too.
first weekend (21-23 September)
7.00pm: Head out to the Festival of Food & Wine just in time to see Cloud Control. Everyone can choose their own dinner from the food trucks, and there's a whole variety of drink options. Easy. Sorted.
11.00am: Grab an extra coffee to go, and go for a mosy through the Botanic Gardens at Queens Park. Bring your dogs (on a leash) and the kids (leash optional). Even people who thought they didn't care about flowers find this walk stunning. And it's what you do when you're in Toowoomba in September. Just get on board.
12.30pm: Join every single other person for lunch at Café Valetta across from the Botanic Gardens, or bring your own picnic. OR just head somewhere else. How about pizza at Piccolo Papa or a pub lunch at The Spotted Cow?
3.00pm: The Grand Central Floral Parade is the non-boozy hallmark of the Carnival. Line the streets of the CBD with thousands of others and watch the spectacular procession of performers and floats.
5.30pm: If you've decided on a two-day pass to the Festival, head back now to see the Dusty Springfield Show. Alternatively, take everyone to drinks at 4 Brothers Brewing followed by dinner. Zev's Bistro is always impressive, or try El Attar for something a bit more laid back. Vapiano and Harajuku Gyoza are always good for a big group.
8.30pm: Finish with a night cap at The Chelsea Bar or party on at Fitzy's.
6.00am: Early risers? Take your friends to see what a real farmer's market looks like. The PCYC Markets never disappoint.
9.00am: Although technically we'd say 9am is too early to be classified 'brunch', you can join Julia Busuttil Nishimura, author of the cookbook 'Ostro' for a foodie brunch at Gip's.
11.00am: If you're not quite done, take the crowd to Spring Bluff for a picnic and some live jazz. They can head off from there, and you can fall asleep at 5pm.
second weekend (28-30 september)
6.00pm: Depending when everyone arrives, you can head out to an early dinner, or entertain at home. We rounded up some perfect spring wines – just add a big cheese board.
7.30pm: See the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's concert of music soundtracks.
9.00am: Breakfast! Basically this morning is all about trying the options you missed last weekend. So if you tried the crumpets at Milk & Honey, maybe go for the buffet at Potter's or the big breakfast at Burrow?
11.00am: Spend a few hours wandering around some of Toowoomba's independent boutiques. Everyone needs half an hour at The Book Tree, before heading to Magnolia Home & Gift, Wild Haven Collective, Bunker Records, Ivy Designer Collections and The Bungalow & Basket.
6.30pm: If you've a whole crew in tow, pack a picnic and head to Laurel Bank Park instead for a free screening of a David Attenborough documentary.
7.00am: Time for a bush walk. While you can choose Tabletop, there's plenty of other options that are more kid/group/hangover friendly. Here's our round-up of suggestions.
12.00pm: Finish the hike with lunch at Picnic Point with everyone else in Toowoomba.