Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2021 – Picnic Point Parklands

The city of Toowoomba’s major tourist attraction, the annual Carnival of Flowers, takes place during September. Toowoomba is situated about 700km above sea level 125km west of Brisbane, and has a population of approximately 137 thousand (2018).

We decided to do a day trip to Toowoomba, going via the country towns of Kilcoy and Esk. It takes approximately three hours to drive to Toowoomba from the Sunshine Coast. Planning the day trip was easy as the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website provides a lot of information on the venues and events.

We entered Toowoomba on the Eastern side, close to our first stop of the day, the heritage listed 65ha Picnic Point Parklands. Spotted from the freeway, the 150foot (46m) high flagpole at Picnic Point can be seen for miles around. There it is in the top right hand corner of the photo below, and up close in the next photo.

The Parklands have a number of walks, stunning views out to the east, and a view of nearby Table Mountain.

Table Mountain in the distance

The Parklands are a lovely picnic spot, and the walkway along the eastern perimeter allows one to have a commanding views of the surrounding country. Closer to the Picnic Point Café and Restaurant are the stunning borders that have been planted out with spring flowering bulbs and annuals.

The white may bush provides a lovely backdrop to the Ranunculus which are edged with viola
Native Grevillea and honey bee
Flowering gum

Interesting art at the Parklands are the ‘Puppy’ Statue and the Hitching Rail.

After admiring the flowers we went on a short drive along the Tobruk Memorial Drive, and drove to our next stop, the Toowoomba Japanese Gardens ‘Ju Raku En’ at the University of Southern Queensland.

Further reading

Picnic Point Parklands has an interesting history. For those who are interested, please refer to Picnic Point, Toowoomba – Wikipedia


  1. A beautiful display, hopefully we will make it next year. A friend went on a bus trip there this year, think this may be the way for us to go next time.

  2. Saw and loved the carnival last year and was hoping to see the Japanese gardens in your post. I guess I will just have to go and see it for myself!

    • The Japanese Gardens were well worth the visit! Seeing the in person is a must, but if you haven’t seen them by Wednesday then I’ll give you a preview in my next post on the carnival!

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