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 an itinerary to show off Toowoomba at its best – and convince your friends to move here too.
6.00pm: Get your friends to drop their bags, then call an Uber. Swing by Dunmore Gallery for the opening of Dichotomy, a collaborative exhibition by two local artists, painter, Rhys Archer and photographer, Jade Courtney.
7.00pm: Head out to the Festival of Food & Wine just in time to see Sloan Peterson. 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 head to the Farmers Markets to pick some produce up for a picnic. OR just head somewhere else. How about Piccolo Papa (Italian) or Kusina (Filipino) or Kajoku (Korean-Japanese)?
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 Electrik Lemonade. Alternatively, take everyone to drinks at 4 Brothers Brewing for a grilled 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.
6.00am: Early risers? Take your friends to see what a real farmer's market looks like. The PCYC Markets never disappoint.
12.00pm: Head to The Springs to stroll around the nursery (it’s spring after all), then head out to the garden for lunch at Kingfishers. There’s live local music and the rosé is chilled.