You might know the Toowoomba Region for our stunning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in September – but we have beautiful blooms, seasonal colour and natural delights year-round for you to enjoy!
January – March: Sunflower season
For a stunning photo opportunity take a country drive to visit the many sunflower fields that grow around the region.
Other beautiful crops to add to your calendar include sorghum (harvested from February to May) and cotton (harvested from December to March).
Contact the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre for local knowledge about the best spots to visit for the exact time you are in town. They are usually a 30 – 45-minute drive from Toowoomba CBD. In Toowoomba sunflowers are also usually planted at Queens Park during this time.
Thank you for keeping your distance when admiring the sunflowers. They are grown on private land by hardworking farmers and going into fields can cause damage, contamination and biosecurity risks.
May – June: Autumn colour
Toowoomba’s cool climate treats us to a gorgeous show of autumn leaves every year.
Hotspots for beautiful trees include Ruthven Street, Queens Park, Laurel Bank Park, Ju Raku En Japanese Gardens and Newtown Park.
A great instagram moment can be found at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – where a double story wall of deciduous vines creates a beautiful backdrop of red and gold.
On the lookout for the perfect pile of leaves to play in? Contact one of the region’s Visitor Information Centres for local knowledge about the best spots to visit for the exact time you are in town.
June – July: Camellias
Camellias bring glorious colour to winter in Toowoomba and our region produces some of the best specimens in Australia.
Save the date for Toowoomba’s Camellia Show and Garden Expo in July. As well as spectacular floral displays, the event boasts dozens of garden related exhibitors showing a range of plants and products.
Queens Park Botanic Gardens has a range of camellias planted near the fountain to view.
September: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
A breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours and sounds, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers takes over the Garden City in the most beautiful of ways each September.
The program includes more than 60 unique events and experiences, including award winning parks, stunning private gardens, a street parade bursting with floral colour, internationally acclaimed musical acts, some of the best food and wine to be found in Queensland and a multitude of cultural and natural adventures.
The rich soils and cool climate of Toowoomba allow for a stunning array of annuals including tulips, poppies, ranunculus, stock, snapdragons, petunias and many other annuals bursting into colour under the warm sunshine.
Must see display parks include Queens Park Botanic Gardens, Laurel Bank Park, Spring Bluff Heritage Railway Station and Picnic Point.
Visit Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers’ website.
October – November: Stop and smell the roses
October and November are the peak months to experience the stunning array of divinely perfumed roses our region has to offer.
Newtown Park is home to the award-winning Queensland State Rose Garden that has more than 2000 roses and over 250 cultivars planted in various displays and collections. A highlight is the Heritage Rose Garden bed with 180 roses that were introduced before the year 1900, including Bourbon, China, Polyantha and more.
Spring is the peak season, but roses can be viewed from October right through to May.
Save the date for the Darling Downs Rose Society’s spring show in October and autumn show in May.
Location: Queensland State Rose Garden, Newtown Park, Holberton Street, Newtown Toowoomba (sealed car park accessible off Pottinger Street)
Visit Newtown Park and Queensland State Rose Garden’s website.
November – December: Jacaranda Day in Goombungee
Located 35 kilometres from the Toowoomba CBD, the historic township of Goombungee’s beautiful Jacaranda trees in the main street put on a stunning purple display in November.
Don’t miss the town’s annual Jacaranda Day on the first Saturday of November where the trees take centre stage for a fun community festival. The Mocatta Street jacarandas hold a special place in the town’s history as they were planted after World War I by repatriated soldiers.
In Toowoomba jacarandas can be seen in Anzac Avenue between James Street, in Russell Street and also in West Street.
Visit the Goombungee Jacaranda Day website.
For personalised service and tips by friendly knowledgeable locals, be sure to drop into one of the local Visitor Information Centres or give them a call.