September Freebies to Get Around

keep your budget in check with this round-up of free activities


Toowoomba comes alive during September.

Along with the Carnival, there's a whole range of events – many of which require tickets and planning. But we've rounded up a few free options to keep your budget and social life in check.

Grand Central Floral Parade Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Grand Central Floral Parade

The Floral Parade is always a show-stopper. 100,000 people line the streets of Toowoomba as hundreds of floats wind their way to Queens Park. There's dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers and musicians. It's a Toowoomba landmark, so grab a light jacket and a thermos of tea, and make your way into the city to grab a spot early.

When: Saturday, 22 September from 3.00pm
Where: starts at the corner of Herries and Hume Streets


Big Band at The Bluff

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
Where: Spring Bluff Railway Station, Murphy's Creek


david Attenborough Documentary

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.

The film starts at sunset.

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


LIT Festival

A brand new arts festival in Toowoomba, picking up where First Coat left off. A two-night extravaganza of lights projected throughout the CBD, it's sure to become a spectacular event. Bring the whole crowd with you.

When: Friday, 28 September and Saturday, 29 September
Where: throughout the CBD


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