It's blooming fantastic! Thousands celebrate a safe, colourful and joyous weekend at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
It’s blooming fantastic!
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is just what we all need – thousands celebrate a safe, colourful and joyous weekend
The numbers tell the story – thousands of people from all over Queensland have experienced a joyous and petal-filled weekend at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, with organisers thrilled with the COVID Safe success achieved.
“Bravo to all residents and visitors, the weekend was absolutely brilliant. The city was humming, the sun was out, businesses were open and busy and there was a joyous and kind atmosphere everywhere,” said Cr James O’Shea, Chair of the Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Services Committee.
“The Botanic Gardens and Queens Park welcomed more than 30,000 people over the weekend! Laurel Bank Park saw 10,000 visitors enjoy the ‘Family Time’ themed floral displays over the weekend too,” he said.
“We would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone for supporting our local businesses, businesses that in this time of COVID-19 would ordinarily be closed on a weekend.”
“A huge congratulations to everyone for working with us and following our COVID Safe plans and procedures.
“It really helped that people were not stopping on pathways and moved onto grassed areas for photos and for caring for each other to ensure everyone had a positive experience allowing everyone to see our glorious floral displays up close. We could see that everyone was very aware of physical distancing considerations, which was fantastic.”
“We need to particularly thank Queensland Health for their support as we rolled out our COVID Safe measures. Being the first major outdoor, free, unfenced tourism event in Australia since COVID-19 restrictions have been implemented has been a huge challenge so it was great to see so many being responsive to the measures we had in place such as the signs, announcement prompts, hand sanitiser stations, queue fencing and security guards keeping everyone moving,” said Cr James O’Shea.
While the iconic event officially began last Friday (a day now known as Floral Friday), organisers have been encouraging people to visit all month to enjoy the stunning parks. The Botanic Gardens has already recorded more than 82,000 visitors since the start of Spring with Laurel Bank Park seeing over 30,000 visit the gardens.
This year the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers features over 170,000 blooms across Toowoomba’s parks and public spaces, the new region wide food trail #trEATS, the dog-friendly Petals and Pups program, chalk art in Queens Park, the static Grand Central Floral Parade in Grand Central Shopping Centre, Rowes light shows at night, guided and non-guided walking tours, the Cobb + Co Museum and the much-loved floral group displays.
Play in the Petals: parks and public spaces
- The floral line-up at the Botanic Gardens in Queens Park and Laurel Bank Park features Alyssum, Antirrhinum (Snapdragon), Bellis, Calendula, Candytuft, Cherianthus, Chrysanthemum, Cineraria, Delphinium, Dianthus, Digitalis (Foxglove), Dutch Iris, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Linaria, Lobelia, Mesembryanthemum, Nemesia, Ornamental Kale, Pansy, Parsley, Petunia, Polyanthus, Poppy, Primula, Ranunculus, Rhodanthes, Schoenia, Statice, Stocks, Sweet Pea, Tulips and Viola. Council gardeners promise a kaleidoscope of colour!
- The Night Garden will be free and unfenced this year at the Botanic Gardens, open for 10 nights from 18 to 27 September.
- An absolute favourite, the Ferris Wheel at the Botanic Gardens will operate for 10 days from 18 to 27 September, providing the best way to see the splendour of Queens Park!
Chalk Art in The Park: Botanic Gardens at Queens Park
While musical entertainment in the parks cannot go ahead because of Government guidelines, local chalk artists are bringing their talent to Queens Park Botanic Gardens as part of the new Artists-in-Residence program each weekend in September. This Saturday 26 September from 10am to 2pm will feature artist Stacey Blinco.
New to 2020 is a region-wide food trail called #trEATS aimed at celebrating the amazing array of ‘eats’ available in the Toowoomba Region. More than 35 local flavour-makers have signed up from across the region, each offering a $20 springtime treat on their menu during September, inspired by the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The full list is at tcof.com.au.
Grand Central Floral Parade!
In a wonderful creative twist, the famous Grand Central Floral Parade will become a static installation of decorated floats throughout Grand Central Shopping Centre in the heart of the city. The static Parade of Colour this September school holidays, will reflect the city’s incredible community spirit.
Petals and Pups 2020!
This pawsome program boasts more than 20 dog-friendly activities, and showcases 27 off-leash parks, as well as dog-friendly cafes, restaurants and accommodation recommendations – details at TCOF.com.au. The official dog-friendly program for Carnival salutes Toowoomba’s first canine Ambassadog, ‘Puppy’ the Pomeranian who led the Toowoomba Thistle Band in the first parade in 1950.
Say Hi to the 2020 Ambassadog - Rambo
The second ever Ambassadog in 71 years has been named! Rambo, an eight-month-old, tricolour, pure-bred Australian Shepherd, will proudly fly the canine flag this year! He loves visiting the Toowoomba parks and, like lots of millennials, he loves having his photo taken, so if you see him during Carnival, say hi! Meet Rambo on Saturday 26 September in Laurel Bank Park from 9am to 9.45am and in the Botanic Gardens of Queens Park from 10am to 10.45am!
With a distinct architecture focus in 2020, the Walking Tour program include: Parks Tours, Laneways and Street Art Tour, The Dark Side Walking Tour, Architecture Styles Tour and 150 Years of Rail Walk & Talk Tour.
Rowes Carnival of Light Shows
The entire front of the Rowes building will come to life during Carnival with spectacular animations celebrating a Symphony of Spring - magical garden gnomes with flowers the size of buildings, giant bees, butterflies and lady birds, dancing crepe myrtle trees, thousands of tiny flowers sprouting and blooming and a giant oak tree that grows and delivers dancing gnomes to the party! The light shows will happen nightly at 6.30pm and 9pm from September 18 to 27 September at 58 Russell Street, and it’s free.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2020
18 to 27 September 2020
See tcof.com.au for more
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – A History
Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has flourished and is now an iconic Queensland event. The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use its “Garden City” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the hardships of war. On 21 October, 1950 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, it was a resounding success, as it has been ever since.
Awards and Accolades
Gold winner 2019 Queensland Tourism Award for Destination Marketing
State Finalist 2019 Australian Tourism Awards for Destination Marketing
Australian Tourism Hall of Fame Inductee 2018 Major Festivals & Events
Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame Inductee 2017 Major Festivals & Events
Gold winner 2018, 2017, 2016 Australian Tourism Award for Major Festivals & Events
Gold winner 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Queensland Tourism Award for Major Festivals & Events
Most Supportive Community Event 2017 Queensland Wine Awards
Event category Winner 2015 Parks & Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence
Gold winner 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards for Festivals and Events
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