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21 – 30 September 2012

Not just a flower festival, it’s a cultural party!

Need more information? Contact the TCOF Virtual Information Desk. See p42 for more.


Message from the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games the Honourable Jann Stuckey Welcome to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – an event proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Events Queensland. Events just like this are not only a source of community pride, but they also showcase this region as a great place to visit, and provide support for local tourism, small businesses and jobs. The Queensland Government understands that tourism is a vital part of the State’s economy – we’ve identified it as one of our four key pillars that will drive this state’s growth. That’s why your government is investing in events like this to make Queensland Australia’s number one tourist destination. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is supported under the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP) – a program assisting communities all over this great state. To date, more than $20 million has been invested in 918 events – including this one.

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Congratulations to the local community, volunteers and event organisers for working hard to ensure this event is another outstanding success for Toowoomba and the Golden West.

The Honourable Jann Stuckey Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games


Mayor’s Welcome Toowoomba Regional Council warmly welcomes all visitors and residents to Australia’s Garden City for the 63rd Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. We invite you to join the festivities across the city in our magnificent civic parks and private gardens from Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 30. The Carnival’s standing as one of Australia’s best and longest running horticultural events is well founded and has been backed up by visitor numbers in recent years. A record 125,000 people attended Carnival events last year. Council eagerly welcomes all first-time visitors and is keen to show return visitors the exciting changes to the program. Spring is a perfect time of year to see the city and region blossom. Superlatives barely cover the work of council’s gardeners. Their preparation during the year ensures the city’s civic parks and gardens bloom in an explosion of colour. These areas double as vibrant backdrops for picnics, community celebrations and musical entertainment. Similarly, the city’s prize and exhibition gardeners toil for months to present their immaculate and impressive displays. All gardeners deserve special praise for opening their private properties to welcome thousands of visitors.

Nature’s dazzling show is the main attraction, but Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers now encompasses festivities celebrating the region’s food, wine and cultural activities. Attractions and displays cater for all ages and tastes. This year’s theme, Cultivating Experiences, encourages all visitors to delve into Carnival’s varied delights. Displays of regional gourmet food and wine will tempt the tastebuds while floral designs and art displays will offer creative inspiration. Top musical acts, sideshow alley entertainment and a vibrant StreetFest program, along with plenty of children’s activities, will provide hours of amusement. Scores of free community events also tap into Carnival’s vibrant celebrations Council acknowledges all volunteers who contribute to the event’s success and thanks all sponsors and foundation partners for their ongoing support. Embrace the season of renewal by enjoying the 2012 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Cr Paul Antonio, Mayor, Toowoomba Regional Council

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Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival Date

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September 2012

Time

10:00am to 11:00pm (Friday & Saturday), 10:00am to 10:00pm (Sunday)

Location

Upper Queens Park, Margaret & Lindsay Streets, Toowoomba

Welcome Ergon Energy is proud to support the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers for the 14th consecutive year and for the sixth time as a Principal Sponsor.

us to contribute in another way to the lifestyles of our local communities − the same communities in which we live and work.

The Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival is a true community event which brings together businesses, residents, community groups, volunteers and visitors.

Our Toowoomba staff members hope the rest of the community will join them to celebrate the very best of what the region has to offer at the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival.

Ergon Energy is pleased to sponsor and be involved in events such as the Carnival of Flowers because it enables

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Ian McLeod Chief Executive


Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival Firmly established as one of the flagship events of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival showcases floral and artistic displays, gourmet food and wines from the region, gardening and horticultural displays and much more. Staged over three exciting days in Upper Queens Park, the Festival serves up a veritable smorgasbord of experiences for the whole family including boutique wine and beer tasting, Farm to Plate cooking demonstrations, spectacular floral displays and workshops, gardening demonstrations, and even a Play Space just for the kids! Soak up the sunshine with family and friends and embrace all things flower, food and wine as the Festival tempts all of your senses!

A Smorgasbord of Fine Foods Encompassing the finest regional produce, an enticing assortment of mouth-watering local and internationally inspired menus will be available from restaurants, cafes and cottage industry producers. Set the scene early with fresh espresso coffee and a sweet treat, or take your taste buds on a round-the-world trip with the delectable offerings from the Festival’s cafes and participating restaurants. Many of the tastes and textures of the Festival can be savoured at home, so be sure to bring a carry bag with you and stock up on delicious cottage industry products.

On The Menu ALL WEEKEND! • Celebrity Chef Fast Ed and Gardening Guru Graham Ross as seen on Channel 7’s Better Homes & Gardens • Farm to Plate – regional food and wine experience • Southern QLD Institute of TAFE chefs

Tempting Tipples The Festival is a second home for over 20 award winning and boutique wineries offering the finest selections

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Special Guest: Fast Ed from Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens

Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival of wines, liqueurs and fortified drops. Have a cellar door expert walk you through a wine tasting to help you choose a refreshing white to sip in the temperate Spring weather or a warming red to enjoy as twilight sets in and the Festival’s evening entertainment program begins.

Farm to Plate

Don’t miss a thing! Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CarnivalFlowers #tcof2012 See page 42 for more info.

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Food has always been a mouth watering attraction at the Festival, and will take centre stage at the Festival’s new Farm to Plate initiative, operating from 10am until 4pm daily. Don’t miss the live demonstrations by Celebrity Chef Fast Ed, as seen on Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens. Fast Ed is one of Australia’s best-loved TV chefs and food authors, entertaining and informing Australians with achievable, timeconscious cookery on television and radio, in newspapers, magazines and books. Ed’s motto is simple, ‘when you

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do less, the ingredients can do more!’ See chefs from Southern QLD Institute of TAFE sharpen their knives and showcase their culinary skills, or get up close and personal with Food & Wine Appreciation presenter Tricia Evans as she entices you into matching individually styled wines with local gourmet food. Gluten and Grain Free Guru, Tania Hubbard will also be presenting a cooking demonstration on each day of the Festival. Hungry for more? Sunday will see visitors to Farm to Plate given the opportunity to further experience first hand the tastes and textures of South East Queensland Country through a showcase of the edible cottage industries of the Southern Downs and Granite Belt, Darling Downs and the South Burnett regions.


Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival Welcome Alison Bradley International Floral Designer and Editor of Fusion Flowers Magazine This year the Festival is delighted to host international floral designer Alison Bradley. Based in Scotland, Alison is internationally acknowledged as an expert in contemporary and traditional floral design and floristry. She is also the founder and editor of the award winning Fusion Flowers magazine, distributed in over 80 countries. Alison has won countless awards both in the United Kingdom and overseas culminating with her award as Most Innovative Designer, Most Contemporary Designer and Best in Show at the Contemporary Design Exhibition in England in 2000. She is the current adviser for BBC Scotland

for floral design and has lectured on floral design and gardening and delivered more than 2,000 demonstrations around the globe.

The Gallery Space Following the success of The Gallery Space concept introduced in 2011, the main exhibition area at the Festival will once again take shape as a fresh, contemporary venue designed around a common, unifying theme – this year, “Natural Architecture”. The Natural Architecture movement aims to create a more harmonious relationship between man and nature by exploring what it means to design with nature in mind. The idea of Natural Architecture will serve as the inspiration for the collection of floral displays, creative installations and visual art housed within this magnificent space.

On The Menu ALL WEEKEND! • Alison Bradley, International Floral Designer and editor of Fusion Flowers Magazine • Ready, Steady, Snip! challenge (Friday and Sunday only)

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Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival Highlights of The Gallery Space will include a display by visiting international floral designer Alison Bradley, works created for the Floral Design Competition, and a spectacular Clover Hill display showcasing the range of freshly cut flowers available through all Woolworths stores. The Gallery Space will also feature the Toowoomba Art Society Inc’s annual members exhibition featuring works created to the themes of “Flowers, Food & Wine” and “Architecture in Nature”. Students from the Southern QLD Institute of TAFE will again have the opportunity to participate in the Art of the Label project, showing their creative flair by designing a commemorative label for a selection of wines, also featured as an exhibition at the Festival. Be sure to purchase your very own Art of the Label commemorative wine on-site!

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Floral Design Competition The Floral Design Competition continues to be a much-celebrated feature of the Festival. Convened by internationally renowned and respected floral designer, Mark Pampling, this floral spectacular attracts the pick of the bunch of Australia’s floral design professionals, offering them the opportunity to express and challenge their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship. In keeping with the look and feel of The Gallery Space, competitors will work to the overarching theme of “Natural Architecture”, while applying their skills to category specific inspirations including “Sticks in the Mud” for the designer’s choice category, “Sticks Around” for the team display and “Cocoon” for


Special Guest: Graham Ross from Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens

Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival the artist choice category. Student entrants will design their entries to the theme “Sticks and Stones”.

They’re A Snippy Bunch… Join our skilled floral designers as they take to the stage to take on the floral design challenge in Ready, Steady, Snip! Watch as the designers flourish in this round robin competition, crafting unique floral design masterpieces using only the limited selection of resources provided, all while working to a time limit. This year, the showdown final will see two floral designers going head to head to each create an amazing table setting for 4-6 guests from the public. While the designers are preparing their table themeing, Celebrity Chef Fast Ed, as seen on Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens will also work

against the clock to cook one course to be presented on the two completed tables. Watch out for the flying flowers and foliage! Who will get your vote? Floral artists and designers will also contribute to the Changing Blooms series to create a progressive sequence of displays during each day of the Festival. Individuality reigns as each designer puts their own spin on the feature, utilising the identical materials on hand and their own imagination.

Down The Garden Path In 2011, a brand new exhibiting concept was successfully launched at the Festival. The Garden Space is thriving and is the perfect place to find inspiration and advice for your own garden. Admire the innovative landscaping displays by Clint Kenny Designs, Zen Metal Art & Landscaping and Toowoomba Regional Council.

Need more info? Contact the Carnival of Flowers Virtual Information Desk. Message us on Facebook or direct message us on twitter @CarnivalFlowers See page 42 for more info.

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Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival Pick up a plant from a nursery or visit one of the gardening industry exhibitors who will be showcasing their garden accessories, products and tools, outdoor furniture, sculpture and homewares.

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Expert gardening demonstrations on The Garden Space stage will again be a highlight of this innovative space. Special guest Graham Ross, as seen on Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens, will make presentations right across the three days of the Festival, offering hints and tips, and answering your own gardening challenges. The Garden Space will operate from 10am – 7pm daily.

Contact the Carnival of Flowers Virtual Information Desk. Message us on Facebook or direct message us on twitter @CarnivalFlowers See page 42 for more info.

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Wood You Wander Further? The Festival is home to many other creative elements to take in during your day of discovery. Visit the highly popular Toowoomba and District Woodcrafters Inc exhibition and see the talented woodcrafters at work during their wood turning demonstrations – you could also pick up a trinket or two! Fancy brightening your home with a colourful, sweet-scented reminder of the Festival? Be sure to explore the gorgeous fresh cut flower varieties available for purchase through the Festival’s Fresh Flower Market.


Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival Explore the Play Space! Even the youngest Festival goers will have a feast of activities to choose from in the Play Space this year as they explore this amazing area designed to let them imagine, design, play, build, discover, draw, dig, cook and create. With a good measure of fun and a pinch of creativity, kids will be whisked into mini masters of the kitchen as they participate in the Woolworths Fresh Food Kids in the Kitchen workshops. They can also explore the Kitchen Garden, presented by DDSWQ Medicare Local, with local garden guru Brian Sams and hand

pick the herbs and vegetables they’ll be using in each session! Budding builders can put their skills to the test with the Bunning’s DIY Workshops and little green thumbs can learn how to create a worm farm. Kids can also try their hand at the giant mural or unleash their artistic creativity with the team from the Kath Dickson Family Centre in the ‘Playdough People Challenge���. Other young explorers can get up close and personal with native wildlife from your backyard and beyond with Geckoes Wildlife – pat a python, feel a frog or stroke a squirrel glider.

Don’t miss a thing! Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CarnivalFlowers #tcof2012 See page 42 for more info.

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Value Packed 3 Day Pass Family 3 Day *

Ticketing Information Friday 21 September

$25 Adult Friday Pass $12 Concession & Child Friday Pass $60 Family Friday Pass

Saturday 22 September

$25 Adult Saturday Pass $12 Concession & Child Saturday Pass $60 Family Saturday Pass

Sunday 22 September

$25 Adult Sunday Pass $12 Concession & Child Sunday Pass $60 Family Sunday Pass

Pass $155

Single Adult 3 Day Pass $60*

*Available for pre-purchase online only.

What You Get

Open Times

• Entry to Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival incorporating Heritage Bank Live Concert Series 2012 • Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration – Three sessions daily • Wine Appreciation Sessions – Three sessions daily • Celebrity Gardener Demonstrations – Three sessions daily • International Floral Designer display • Kids’ Play Space – Cooking and DIY activities • Floral Design Competition displays • Changing Blooms – Two sessions daily • Ready, Steady, Snip! Competition • Art Gallery Exhibition • Hand Made in Country Exhibition • Woodcrafters exhibition and demonstrations • Evening concert featuring Bart Thrupp, Owl Eyes and Blueju!ce

10:00am to 11:00pm

What You Get

Open Times

• Entry to Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival incorporating Heritage Bank Live Concert Series 2012 • Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration – Three sessions daily • Wine Appreciation Sessions – Three sessions daily • Celebrity Gardener Demonstrations – Three sessions daily • International Floral Designer display • Kids’ Play Space – Cooking and DIY activities • Floral Design Competition displays • Changing Blooms – Two sessions daily • Art Gallery Exhibition • Hand Made in Country Exhibition • Woodcrafters exhibition and demonstrations • Afternoon concert featuring Telstra Road to Discovery featuring Mark Seymour, Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks and Mental As Anything

10:00am to 11:00pm

What You Get

Open Times

• Entry to Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival incorporating Heritage Bank Live Concert Series 2012 • Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration – Three sessions daily • Wine Appreciation Sessions – Three sessions daily • Celebrity Gardener Demonstrations – Three sessions daily • International Floral Designer display • Kids’ Play Space – Cooking and DIY activities • Floral Design Competition displays • Changing Blooms – Two sessions daily • Ready, Steady, Snip! Semi-Final and Grand Final • Cottage Industry Exhibition • Art Gallery Exhibition • Hand Made in Country Exhibition • Woodcrafters exhibition and demonstrations • Afternoon concert featuring Lior, James Reyne and Bjorn Again

10:00am to 10:00pm

Ticket holders must be present when purchasing tickets from the gate. Tickets cannot be purchased for family and friends who are not present. Tickets available for pre-purchase prior to the event from the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website: www.tcof.com.au. Limited pre-purchase tickets available – book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets go on sale from 20 July 2012. Adult: 16 years and above; Child: 15 years and under; children 2 years and under are FREE; **Family: 2 adults and up to 3 children. Full child ticket price applies to any additional children. Licensed event – no BYO. ID must be produced upon entry by patrons over 18 years of age wishing to consume alcohol.

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Heritage Bank Live Concert Series Date

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September 2012

Time

10:00 am to 11:00pm (Friday & Saturday), 10:00am to 10:00pm (Sunday)

Location

Upper Queens Park, Margaret & Lindsay Streets, Toowoomba

Welcome At Heritage Bank, our People first philosophy is more than just a few words on a page, it’s a philosophy that drives everything we do. We pride ourselves on doing our best to support the communities that we belong to. There’s no better example of that than our sponsorship of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The Carnival is a very special community celebration for the whole Toowoomba region. It brings thousands of tourists here every year, but it’s also an iconic event for everyone who lives in this community. The Carnival is part of our identity and one of the reasons it’s great to call the

Darling Downs home. That makes the Carnival a great match for Heritage. Like the Carnival, we are part of the fabric of this community. We were born and bred here, with our origins going back to 1875. Since then we have grown to become Australia’s largest customer-owned bank, meeting the financial needs of people right around the country. Through supporting the Carnival, we are pleased to help make possible an event that is so special for the people of this community. John Minz, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Bank

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Heritage Bank Live Concert Series Taking Centre Stage Real Live Value! Feeling festive? Purchase your tickets online and get more bang for your buck with a value-packed Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival 3 day pass ...

Who You See Friday 21 September

Saturday 22 September

Family 3 Day Pass $155* Adult 3 Day *Available for pre-purchase online only. @CarnivalFlowers #tcof2012

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Owl Eyes

7:00pm

Blueju!ce

8:45pm

Who You See

Times

Telstra Road to Discovery featuring Mark Seymour

3:30pm

Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks

6:30pm

Mental As Anything

8:30pm

Who You See

Pass $60*

Sunday 22 September

Times

Times

Lior

1:30pm

James Reyne

5:30pm

Bjorn Again

7:30pm

Ticket holders must be present when purchasing tickets from the gate. Concerts are included in admission to the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival. A limited number of tickets for the Festival are available for pre-purchase through the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website: www.tcof.com.au. Please refer to the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival (page 12) for entry prices and licensing conditions. This is an open–air concert and no refunds apply. Please refer to www.tcof.com.au for detailed Ticket Sale Policies and Conditions of Entry.

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Owl Eyes

Blueju!ce

Heritage Bank Live Concert Series

Leading Australian acts will take centre stage in this year’s Heritage Bank Live Concert Series entertainment program also featuring some of the regions most talented musicians and performers. Arrive early or pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment!

Friday Blueju!ce Blueju!ce’s music is a mix of pop, rock, hip hop, electro and disco and the pure energy and humour with which the band attack their music, makes them stand out. With the illustrious honour of having the most played song ever in the history of triple j, this year Blueju!ce released their third and favourite album, “Company”. Living up to expectations, the album has

been named triple j’s Feature Album of The Week and is picking up top reviews across the country. Come and see one of Australia’s most stand out energetic bands. Owl Eyes With a string of sold out shows over the past year, chosen by the Sydney Morning Herald music writers as one of Music’s “Next Big Things” for 2012, two entries in the triple j Hottest 100, a Facebook fanbase that threatens to burst at the seams, it is little wonder that Owl Eyes newly released single ‘Crystalised’ is already garnering strong interest from a Gotye hungry international music community. Owl Eyes heavenly vocals should not be missed.

At A Glance A ticket to the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series offers great value. Tickets sell out quickly, so visit www.tcof.com.au to book. Adult Friday Pass – $25 Concession & Child Friday Pass – $12 Family Friday Pass – $60 Includes entry to Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival.

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Mark Seymour

Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks

Mental as Anything

Heritage Bank Live Concert Series At A Glance A ticket to the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series offers great value. Tickets sell out quickly, so visit www.tcof.com.au to book. Adult Saturday Pass – $25 Concession & Child Saturday Pass – $12 Family Saturday Pass – $60 Includes entry to Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival.

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Saturday Telstra Road to Discovery featuring Mark Seymour Are you an independent musician working hard to have your music heard? For the past 10 years Telstra Road to Discovery has been opening doors in the Australian music scene for artists like you. Recognised as one of the leading music development programs of its kind across a diverse range of genres including blues and roots, folk, country and alt country; Telstra Road puts artists in touch with influential figures in the music industry, showcases their talent and increases their media exposure. If you want to be a part of our gig at this year’s Heritage Bank Live Concert Series and perform on the same stage as one of Australia’s best singer/songwriters, Mark Seymour – who since making his name as the lead singer of Hunters & Collectors, has enjoyed a stellar career as a singer and acoustic guitarist – head to www.telstra.com/trtd to find out how.

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Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks Ross Wilson is probably the only person in Australian rock music who can’t make a comeback simply because he’s never been away. In a career that spans over 40 years, Ross remains one of this country’s most respected artists. From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, as a solo artist, or as songwriter of A-grade classics such as Eagle Rock, Cool World and A Touch of Paradise. Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks will have you dancing in your seat, this is one you don’t want to miss! Mental As Anything Since their humble beginnings working local pubs in exchange for free beer, Mental As Anything has risen through the charts to become one of Australian Music’s best success stories. Now, nearly three decades later, the Mentals are as popular as ever with their highly unique suite of garage pop songs recognised and well loved across the nation. Mentals rocked the Festival in 2007 and this year will be no different!


Bjorn Again

Lior

James Reyne

Heritage Bank Live Concert Series Sunday Lior Lior burst onto the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album, ‘Autumn Flow’, recorded and released entirely independently. The album has become one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history with sales surpassing Platinum. Most artists set out with an ambition to build a career based on musical credibility and integrity whilst maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft. Lior is certainly one of the rare breed that has achieved this whilst garnering a great degree of success and critical acclaim. His easy listening style will have you captivated so don’t miss this special performance! James Reyne James’ musical career initially took hold in the early 80’s when he and some friends formed the band Australian Crawl. With his prolific song writing and unique vocal style,

James led Australian Crawl to the top of the Australian music scene and the band’s popularity skyrocketed. The band won numerous music and video awards and James’ solo career was no different with his first selftitled solo album going triple Platinum, delivering three top 10 singles. James Reyne is recognised as one of Australia’s premier performers and will provide a show stopping performance at this year’s Festival! Bjorn Again Gimme, gimme, gimme even more entertainment! Sing and dance to your all-time favourite ABBA songs with Bjorn Again, one of the most popular and successful international entertainment acts in the world today. Bjorn Again are the only ABBA show endorsed by all members of ABBA who have publicly praised and supported the band over many years. This will be the closest performance of ABBA you will ever get to see – mamma mia!

At A Glance A ticket to the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series offers great value. Tickets sell out quickly, so visit www.tcof.com.au to book. Adult Sunday Pass – $25 Concession & Child Sunday Pass – $12 Family Sunday Pass – $60 Includes entry to Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival.

@CarnivalFlowers #tcof2012

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Grand Central Floral Parade Date

Saturday 22 September

Time

12:00pm (noon)

Location

See page 20 for map

Welcome Grand Central is a proud foundation sponsor of the 2012 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Floral Parade. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has become an iconic community event and we are honoured to have been a foundation partner for more than 16 years. This year the Grand Central Floral Parade will be led by Happy Feet favourites, Mumble and Gloria. Help

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the pair dance their way to saving their habitat, every step counts! See the stars on the Grand Central Float in the Floral Parade and then for a free performance in-Centre at 2pm. The Grand Central Floral Parade is a colourful and exciting event for the whole family that you won’t want to miss! Shaine Beveridge Centre Manager


Grand Central Floral Parade Date

Saturday 22 September

Time

12:00pm (noon)

Location

See page 20 for map

The 2012 Grand Central Floral Parade is set to dazzle once again with a spectacular line up of fresh floral floats, street performers, carnival characters, stilt walkers, walking groups and bands all ready to celebrate springtime and the magnificent Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers! Join the many spectators lining Toowoomba’s inner city streets and be caught up in the colour, movement, music and fanfare of this unique and much loved event as it makes its way through the heart of the City to Queens Park. Remember to arrive early in order to secure the best spot! An iconic event in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers calendar, the Floral Parade will once again be led

Flora Parad l is free e ! by the Grand Central float carrying this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshalls – Happy Feet 2’s Mumble & Gloria! Even the smallest of Parade goers can make their mark on the Parade route prior to its commencement with FREE pavement chalk distributed by volunteers. The volunteers, located at various points along the Parade route, will also hand out complimentary Parade boom sticks from 11:00am, so be sure to keep an eye out for them! The fun will continue in Godsall Street Oval at the conclusion of the Parade with floats on display for a closer viewing, and entrants selling the potted colour, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables straight off their floats. See the parade in comfort and style!

Need more info? Contact the Carnival of Flowers Virtual Information Desk. Message us on Facebook or direct message us on twitter @CarnivalFlowers See page 42 for more info.

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Grand Central Floral Parade Date

Saturday 22 September

Time

12:00pm (noon)

Location

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The Chronicle Garden Competition Date

Friday 21 – sunday 30 september

cost

Free

Location

Maps available in the Toowoomba Chronicle

Welcome The Chronicle Garden Competition has been one of the signature events of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers since the first Carnival 63 years ago. The Chronicle’s multimedia coverage of Toowoomba’s Carnival will feature stories and pictures daily in the Chronicle for our regional readers, and online photo galleries and video for a global audience. We offer a special thank you to the hard-working gardeners

of Toowoomba and surrounds and especially those who enter magnificent gardens in The Chronicle Garden Competition. We trust the thousands of visitors to Toowoomba will enjoy the splendid flower displays and the events that help make the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers one of Queensland’s most memorable festival experiences. Rohan Gosstray General Manager The Chronicle

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The Chronicle Garden Competition Date

Friday 21 – sunday 30 september 2012

Cost

Free

Location

“As an entrant in the competition it gives my husband and I an opportunity to meet so many wonderful visitors to our city and the pleasure it gives people to enjoy our garden.”

Maps available in the Toowoomba Chronicle

Spring fever has hundreds of hopefuls feeling the heat as things hot up for the judging of The Chronicle Garden competition.

The result is a city and surrounds filled with an awe-inspiring and not-to-be-missed spectacle of prize winning plantings.

Entrants vie for the chance to take top spot in one or more of the 44 categories contested each year. Farms, schools, businesses and homebodies go head to head in a battle of the blooms across the garden groupings, from small to large, commercial to domestic, city to country, new to established – the field is wide open for the picking.

Find the competition souvenir guide and map in The Chronicle on Friday 21 September or pick up a copy from the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre, 86 James St (Warrego Highway), Toowoomba.

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For more information contact The Chronicle on 07 4690 9300 or the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre on FREECALL 1800 33 11 55.


The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens Date cost

Friday 21 – sunday 30 september Small entry fee is applicable and payable at the gardens 5 gardens – $12, 3 gardens – $9, 1 garden – $4

The splendour of September hits home with a tour of Toowoomba’s five finest private gardens. A feast for the eyes and a feature of the festival, The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens celebrates spring, the passionate gardener and the hard earned blossoms of the City’s greatest green thumbs. For competition winners, home is where the flowers bloom brightest. Lovingly conspired, crafted and cared for, each garden has its own flagrant and yes, fragrant character. And luckily, our master gardeners love to share the love. Carnival time offers enthusiasts the chance to experience every inspired idea and winning detail.

The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens 2012 Wallace & Carol Grimmett 9 Fletcher Street, Toowoomba Bill & Joyce McKee 3 Culliford Drive, Toowoomba Edwin & Lesley Dean, 41 Stenner Street, Toowoomba Philip & Marjorie Martin 17 Dallang Road, Toowoomba Wally & Kathy Stewart 52 Charker Street, Toowoomba

Cost A small admission fee is payable at each of the gardens, with all proceeds going to charity. The Chronicle Exhibition Gardens Brochure is available from the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre. FREECALL 1800 33 11 55.

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Our Parks Date

Friday 21 – sunday 30 september

cost

Free

Location

Did you know? • Queens Park was originally created in 1871, the botanical gardens created in 1874. • The croquet courts still used today in Laurel Bank Park were built in 1935.

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See page 40 for map

Parks of Pleasure The Carnival of Flowers is as much a celebration of our parklands and the important role they play in the life of the City, as it is about the arrival of spring. Together, Queens Park, Laurel Bank Park and Picnic Point offer magnificent and diverse outdoor leisure and recreational spaces for all to enjoy. Master crafted and lovingly maintained, they characterise the cultural heart of Toowoomba City and its surrounds.

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Queens Park is the largest of the three. Like the name suggests, her gardens are a majestic mosaic of bright blooms, avenues of large leafy trees and wide open grasslands. The park is also home to Toowoomba’s Botanical Gardens, an off leash dog area, sporting oval, natural amphitheatre and two separate play areas for children. Both play areas have extensive equipment and are designed to capture your imagination


Our Parks Date

Friday 21 – sunday 30 september

cost

Free

Location

See page 40 for map

and delight your inner child. The all access playground (positioned on Lindsay Street) includes a wheelchair swing, solar piano, vibrating solar mushrooms, musical sea saw and other spinning and static activities as well as traditional favourites. The playground (positioned on Margaret Street) features a wooden train and carriages, swings, monkey bars and loads of other activities to keep the kids entertained for hours. Laurel Bank Park is filled with picturesque nooks and rare species

of trees. It is simply magnificent. The park also features a croquet lawn, graceful archways laden with wisteria vines, a scented garden for the blind, children’s play area and an elevated platform allowing visitors to view the feature garden from above. Picnic Point crowns the mountain peak. Best known and loved for its extraordinary panoramic views that span the horizon of the rich Lockyer Valley below. It also features BBQs and children’s play equipment and is the perfect place for a picnic.

Sounds of Spring With a line-up of top local talent performing in the midst of our most favourite parks and gardens, it’s time for everyone to come out and play. See page 34 for more information.

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(prices ctivities) some a

Sideshow Alley Date

Friday 20 – sunday 23 september

cost

free entry (prices apply for some rides and activities)

Location

At A Glance • Dance Comp Friday night! • Registration from 4:00pm.

Need more info? Contact the Carnival of Flowers Virtual Information Desk. Message us on Facebook or direct message us on twitter @CarnivalFlowers. See page 42 for more info.

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Frogs Hollow, Lower Queens Park, Margaret ST, Toowoomba

The ZimboyZ Have Hit Town And It’s Show Time! Appearing at Lower Queens Park for four big weekend performances, Sideshow Alley’s headline act, the ZimboyZ, brings its own special brand of extreme entertainment to the Carnival program. This fantastic troupe of internationally renowned African acrobats is fast and furious when it comes to hurling, curling and unfurling its way through an actionpacked show that will have you holding your breath in awe and trepidation. ZimboyZ performance times Saturday 22   2:30pm & 5:00pm

Sunday 23 1:15pm & 3:15pm

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And the fun doesn’t stop there. Alley cats can kick on with all the excitement of the Sideshow fair. With everything to tempt even the most avid thrill seeker, dare to take on the latest rides, load up with your favourite showbags and pitch your skills against the odds to take out a top shelf prize at any of the many amusement stalls.

Fireworks times Friday 21 8:30pm

Sunday 23 7:15pm


Sideshow Alley Get set for the sizzle when two of Australia’s most exciting new artists take centre stage for blistering performances during Carnival weekend. Australian Idol winner and major hotty Stan Walker, struts his stuff on Saturday night, while the multitalented and critically acclaimed Jessica Mauboy will appear in concert on Sunday afternoon. The friends have already had a big 2012. In addition to his recording commitments, Walker teamed up with Mauboy for their first Australian tour earlier this year, and he’s just signed his first movie deal. Also hitting new heights in the movie stakes, the release of Mauboy’s latest Saturday 22 7:30pm Sunday 23 4:00pm

Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker

film, The Sapphires, won the singer/ actor international praise when it debuted to a standing ovation at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May. Last month the film opened in Australia to rave reviews. Kicking off this phenomenal weekend of entertainment is JAM FACTORY’s Friday night dance contest. And the family fun continues on Friday and Sunday nights with fireworks that promise to set the sky ablaze with brilliant showers of colour and light. This is a must-see event and with names like peony, dahlia and chrysanthemum, the pyrotechnics are a perfect fit for the Carnival’s floral theme.

Stan Walker

Fireworks essentials • Pack a picnic rug or a comfy camping chair. • Gather the troops – bring along family, friends or that special someone in your life. • Cry out “Oohh” and “Aahh” whenever the moment takes you. • If you live close by, give your pooch a special treat before leaving home – they’ll appreciate the distraction!

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Jessica Mauboy with appearance by Stan Walker

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Creative Tanks Date

saturday 22 & sunday 30 september

Time

10:00am – 2:00pm

Location

“Being in the Tank is so much fun. I connect with people in a very different way and they actually get to see the creative process in action. I love that.” @CarnivalFlowers #tcof2012

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Margaret St between Neil & Dent Streets and Ruthven St between Herries & Russell Streets

City stores turn into artists’ studios for Carnival celebrations, creating a living gallery that is more than mere window dressing. Creative Tanks brings together some of the region’s most accomplished artisans in an exposé of their unique, fabulous and at times, flamboyant skills and talents. With 17 shop fronts exhibiting an eclectic mix of painting, dance, crafting, sewing and sculpture, a trip along the sidewalk is well worthwhile. Arrows guide the way and from one shop to the next, each window reveals a fresh and vibrant expression of the local arts scene.

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See us at ... Margaret Street • Lasso the Moon, 172 Margaret St • Bon Amici Cafe, 191 Margaret St • Cafe Forte, 201 Margaret St • Market to Market, Shop 1 188 Margaret St • Princess Polly, Shop 225A Margaret St • 3 Little Monkeys, 200 Margaret St • Maison d’Art, 259 Margaret St Ruthven Street • Mary Ryans Book Store, 400 Ruthven St • Discount Cosmetics & Fashion, 403 Ruthven St • Lincraft, 423 Ruthven St • Gelatissimo Toowoomba, 446 Ruthven St • Murray’s Art and Framing, 485 Ruthven St • Photo Pro, 477 Ruthven St See city map on page 40 for directions


Pictures in the Park Presented by 7–Eleven

Date

Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 september 2012

Time

6:30pm

Location

Laurel bank park, herries st, Toowoomba

Pick a flick and spend a night with the stars. This year’s Pictures in the Park is guaranteed to entertain with a line-up of blockbuster family favourites sure to appeal to all ages.

Thursday 27

Hugo, Martin Scorcese’s heart-warming adaptation of Brian Selznick’s prize winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Friday 28

The Lorax, a whacky and whimsical visit with the Doctor – Dr Seuss that is, and his grumpy but lovable keeper of the trees.

Saturday 29

The Muppets, screen siren Miss Piggy, Kermit the frog and the whole Sesame Street gang in their riotous debut movie.

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What To Bring... Bring the bean bags, a rug and picnic dinner and don’t forget the popcorn!

Saturday night’s feature finishes up with a fantastic fireworks finalé.

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USQ StreetFest Date

Sunday 30 September 2012

Time

2:00pm TO 9:00pm

Location

Margaret St (between Neil and Ruthven Streets), Toowoomba

Welcome The University of Southern Queensland, just like Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers, plays a big part in the life of its regions. Through USQ StreetFest the fun and festivity of Spring and Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers is capped in an explosion of non-stop colour, excitement and entertainment when Margaret Street in down town Toowoomba becomes the focal point for what is a wonderland extravaganza. Cafes, restaurants, shops and market stalls make for a brilliant party atmosphere where Festival goers can spend the day celebrating good fortunes and joining in on the excitement of Carnival time – and having a great

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time with friends and family. As the sun dips and night descends the tempo is turned up another notch, with live bands pumping out the best mix of the music charts from those evergreen classics through to today’s chart busters that remind us that music has grown up with us over the years. USQ is proud to support another mix of the excellent, wonderful, brilliant and at times bizarre, eccentric, wild and a little crazy USQ StreetFest, the city’s premier street party. We know you will enjoy every moment. Professor Jan Thomas Vice Chancellor


USQ StreetFest Date

Sunday 30 September 2012

Time

2:00pm TO 9:00pm

Location

Margaret St (between Neil and Ruthven Streets), Toowoomba

Ent is FRrEy E

(prices apply fo r some a ctivities)

The USQ StreetFest is one big party, moving to beat all the way down ‘Eat’ Street and if you loved the 80s, the great news is they’re back for a special appearance. Pull out the shoulder pads and the perming wand and get set for some

serious singing and skywalking to the timeless hits and anthems that made the 80s so unforgettable. Need more of today’s music? We have that too, so grab your dancing shoes and come join in the fun as we sing the night away.

StreetFest – Performance Times

StreetFest Essentials • Hats and caps from the 80s, 90s and today – check the wardrobe for buried treasure! • Sunscreen

Hot Sauce 80s show

6:00pm – 7:00pm 8:00pm – 9:00pm

RAW Dance Company

4:00pm 7:30pm

Hip Hop Horns

2:30pm – 3:45pm 4:30pm – 5:45pm

• A love of 80s, 90s and today’s hottest hits

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Biggest Little Lunch Presented by Easternwell

Date

Saturday 29 SEPTEMBER

Time

10:00am TO 1:00pm

Location

Biggest Little Lunch Essentials • Keep everyone sun safe with a hat and sun screen. • Pack the picnic blanket and a basket of lunchtime treats for hungry mums and dads.

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LAUREL BANK PARK (near gazebo), HERRIES ST, Toowoomba

Get ready for action kids - Biggest Little Lunch is all about you! It wouldn’t be a Carnival without the kids, and the Biggest Little Lunch treats the smallest of fans to a morning of fun filled adventure. With everything imaginable on hand for a perfect day of play, little ones will be kept busy for hours. There are baby animals to cuddle, ponies to ride and faces to paint, along with balloon animals, jumping castles and story-telling.

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With so much on the go there’s simply no time to stop. But we have the answer for that. The Biggest Little Lunch tops off the festivities with free yummy food to refuel hungry tummies. Mums and dads don’t have to miss out either. They can bring along their own little lunch to join in on the picnic fun.

Free little lunches to the first 500 children!


Classic Cars Date

saturday 22 september

Time

judging from 11:00am

Location

Godsall st oval, Queens park, godsall st, Toowoomba

Kings Of The Road An all-time classic concourse takes place during Carnival as car owners compete for this year’s coveted Classic Car Awards. With 12 trophies up for grabs, this is one of the region’s most popular car collections, showcasing some of the chicest chaises to ever grace our highways. For those who like to ride on the wild

side, there’s a very cool selection of hot rods, street machines and motor bikes also on display. A time honoured favourite for Carnival regulars, the Classic Cars display has won veteran status as a feature event, drawing crowds of car enthusiasts … and the odd petrol head, for the past decade. Competitors are judged from 11:00am with winners announced shortly before 2:00pm.

Ent is FRrEy E “We look forward to this event all year. We get to meet old friends and make some new ones too but best of all, we‘ve got an excuse to talk cars all day long and no one’s complaining!” – Jeff Brown, Organiser Carnival Classic Cars

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Parkland Entertainment Date

Friday 21 – sunday 23 & sunday 30 september

cost

Free

Location

“The Parklands is all about the senses – listening to great music, breathing in the scent of the blooms, the sun, the sights, the colour and vibrancy.” – Simon Underwood, Coordinator Parklands Entertainment Program

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Queens park gardens, laurel bank Park and picnic point, Toowoomba

Parklands Celebrate Sensational Spring An experience for all the senses, the parklands entertainment program swings into action with the sounds and scents of spring.

class, while Latin, Calypso and Cabaret fire things up with rhythm and flare.

With a line-up of top local talent performing in the midst of our most favourite parks and gardens, it’s time for everyone to come out and play.

For those who love to let loose, cut a rug or the grass, learn traditional dance styles from Egyptian dancing to tribal belly dancing to dancing how the mood takes you ... it’s all a part of celebrating the season.

We’ve got everything covered from rock and roll to country, jazz, blues, folk, funk, soul and big brass sounds.

Then calm things down with some Tai Chi lessons or time out lazing on the picnic blanket.

For the culture vultures among us, Celtic harp adds a tranquil touch of

For program information visit www.tcof.com.au

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Twilight Tours Date

monday 24 & wednesday 26 september 2012

Time

6:30pm and 7:30pm

Location

laurel bank park, herries st, Toowoomba

Light Up Your Night With A Torch Tour Enter the twilight zone and discover the secret world of the parklands by night.

characters from far off places like English and Spanish oaks, Ginkgo trees and Japanese maples.

This is your chance to see and hear from the experts about the darker side of plant life in a one hour nocturnal tour of Laurel Bank Park.

Track down exotic and rare species, and find out what goes on behind the scenes to create our picture-perfect park.

Throw the spotlight on some shady

Tours are limited. Book now on 131 872.

Twilight Tour Essentials To book your ticket call 131 872. • Bring a torch • Make a gold coin donation

Don’t miss a thing! Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CarnivalFlowers #tcof2012 See page 42 for more info.

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Tours and Packages Travel with a local and make the most of your visit on one of our short break or themed touring options. Gardens Galore Touring & Heritage Antics! (Day & Half Day Tours)

Toowoomba Spectacular Garden Tours (Extended Tours)

Garden Tours

4 Day Coach Tour ex Brisbane

Departs Friday 21 – Sunday 30 September, 2012.

Departs Monday 24 September, 2012.

Choose from 3 hour to full day tours featuring prize winning gardens, Highfield & Heritage touring, Grand Parade and garden tours.

There’s way too much to see in one day. Why rush? Join our four day tour featuring Toowoomba’s best parks and gardens, popular foodie haunts, Highland arts and crafts plus great local operator knowledge! All coach travel, accommodation and most meals are included.

Priced from $40 per person for 3 hour tour. Heritage Antics Departs Friday 21; Sunday 23; Monday 24 September, 2012. New 2 hour tour for 2012 featuring the Empire Community Artists! Join our entertaining, themed tour to uncover the quirky tales and heritage stories of Toowoomba – you’ll be surprised. Priced at $20 per person. For tour schedules & bookings phone Stonestreets Coaches on 1300 555 899.

For bookings or more information phone Stonestreets Coaches on 1300 555 899 or visit www.stonestreetscoaches.com.au Pricing starts from $787* per person twin share. 4 Day Rail/Coach Tour ex Brisbane (with Colin Campbell) Departs Monday 24 September & Tuesday 25 September, 2012. Join Colin Campbell for our heritage steam train to Toowoomba, an exclusive dinner and guided twilight tour of Laurel Bank Park. Be treated to private garden viewings, Highland arts and crafts, heritage stories and local operator knowledge. All rail, coach travel, accommodation and most meals are included. For more information phone Queensland Rail Travel on 1800 627 655 www.queenslandrail.com.au Pricing starts from $1089* per person twin share (Ask about prices from other QLD Rail locations).

Experience Packages Taste the flavours, try you hand at heritage crafts, marvel in the creative vision which inspired the prize winning gardens and public park displays. Early Weekender Flower, Food & Wine

Garden’s Galore Package

Start your weekend early and receive a bonus entry ticket to the Flower, Food & Wine Festival.

Let us show you where the best gardens are with this accommodation and garden shuttle combo.

Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation, • Breakfast daily, • BONUS entry to the Flower, Food & Wine Festival (Friday only).

Inclusions: • 2 nights accommodation, • Breakfast daily, • Your choice of either a 3 hour garden tour or full day Garden Shuttle.

For bookings or more information phone 1800 33 11 55 or visit www.tcof.com.au

For bookings or more information phone 1800 33 11 55 or visit www.tcof.com.au

Pricing starts from just $160‡ per person twin share. Additional night rates available on request.

Pricing starts from just $180‡ per person twin share. Additional night rates and other tour combinations available on request.

Valid 20/09/12 – 23/09/12.

Valid 21/09/12 – 30/09/12.

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Travelling from Brisbane?

Free City Circuit Bus Date: Friday 21 – Tuesday 25 September 2012.

Coach passengers can travel to Toowoomba with Stonestreets.

Times: Every 30 mins between 9:45am and 4:45pm* *Except Sat 22 September – Due to Grand Central Floral Parade, first bus departs at 2:15pm. Depart: First bus departs from Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre, 86 James St (Warrego Highway). 30 minute restricted parking conditions apply at the Visitor Information Centre during Carnival. Parking in side street areas only whilst on tour.

A special Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers timetable will be available allowing passengers to be dropped at the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre to connect with The Garden to Garden or free City Circuit Shuttles. For more information phone 07 4687 5555.

Price: Free. Enquires: Stonestreets Coaches phone 1300 555 899.

*Conditions: Minimum passengers required for tours to operate. Prices are per person based on sharing a twin room. Subject to availability. For full terms and conditions visit www.stonestreetscoaches.com.au and/or www.queenslandrail.com.au

Garden to Garden Bus Date: Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September 2012.

Conditions apply: All packages are subject to availability. Pricing is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Multiple Toowoomba accommodation operators are offering these packages. For full listing, refer to www.tcof.com.au or phone 1800 33 11 55. Please refer to individual operators for full terms and conditions when booking.

Time: Every 45 minutes between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Depart: First bus departs from Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre, 86 James St (Warrego Highway). 30 minute restricted parking conditions apply at the Visitor Information Centre during the Carnival. Parking in side street areas only whilst on tour. Price: $5 each time bus is boarded. Children under 12 incur gold coin donation. All day pass available for $40.

Take a Train

Enquiries: Stonestreets Coaches phone 1300 555 899.

Dates

Event

Prices

Contact

Sat 22 Sep 6:45am

Steam Train Excursion – Brisbane to Toowoomba

Adult $112

Bookings open 1 Jun 2012

Full day – includes coach tour of prize-winning Carnival gardens

Pen/Snr $99 Child $49

Tue – Thu 10:00am – 3:00pm

Family $275

07 3252 1759

Sun 23 Sep 7:20am Approx 12 hours

Dep: Roma St Station, Roma St, Brisbane

Sat 22 (stops Spring Bluff) 1:45 – 4:45pm Sun 23 (Express only) 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Sun 23 to Fri 28 Sep 9:00am & 1:00pm

Steam Train Excursion – Toowoomba to Helidon

Bookings open 13 Aug 2012

Dep: Toowoomba Railway Station, Railway St (return by coach)

Adult $30 Child $15

Tickets – Toowoomba Railway Station Ticket Office (from 15/8/12)

07 3252 1759

Adult $18

Spring Bluff Railway Excursions – Toowoomba to Spring Bluff

Child $9

Dep: Toowoomba Railway Station, Railway St (Diesel-hauled)

Bookings open TBA

Child Under 4 FREE*

Mon – Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm

*not occupying seat (ie. on adult’s lap)

07 4631 3381

Silver Bullet Luncheon Express Wed 26 Sep 8:15am – 6:40pm

Tue – Thu 10:00am – 3:00pm

Full day – includes bus tour of prize-winning Carnival gardens

Adult $125

Dep: Roma St Railway Station, Roma St, Brisbane

Child $59

Pen/Snr $110

Bookings open 1 Jun 2012 Tue – Thu 10:00am – 3:00pm 07 3252 1759

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Community Events Gardens Dates

Event

Prices

Contact

$4

07 4696 8440

Thu 20 – Sun 30 Sep

Brindabella Rhododendron & Rose Festival Brindabella Country Gardens, Cnr New England Hwy & Quinlan Rd, Highfields

Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sep

Japanese Garden Guided Tours & Cultural Display Japanese Garden, USQ Campus, West St Toowoomba

FREE

0458 594 535

Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sep & Sat 29 – Sun 30 Sep

Historic Harrow Homestead and Gardens 700 Cambooya/Felton Rd, Cambooya

$10

0438 753 008

Sun 23 Sep 12:00noon to 3:30pm

Big Band at the Bluff – Jim Miller Big Band Spring Bluff Railway Station & Gardens, McCormack Rd (off Murphy’s Creek Rd), Spring Bluff

FREE

07 4688 6883

Sat 22 – Fri 28

DownsSteam – Gardens & Refreshments DownsStream Tourist Railway & Museum, 16 Cambooya St Drayton

$As per menu

0409 477 954

All Year

Toowoomba’s Parks & Gardens • Queens Park Gardens* – Lindsay St • Laurel Bank Park* – Herries St • Picnic Point Park* – Tourist Rd • State Rose Garden, Newtown Park – Holberton St • Toowoomba Community Organic Gardens – Gogg St • Spring Bluff Railway Station Gardens* – McCormack Rd (off Murphys Creek Rd), Spring Bluff • Japanese Garden, USQ Campus – West St • UQ Boyce Garden & Rainforest – 6 Range St

FREE *Refreshments available at these parks

1800 33 11 55 No bookings

Prices

Contact

$2

07 4637 1500 07 4630 2988

FLOWER SHOWS & CHURCH DISPLAYS Dates

Event

Thu 20 – Wed 26 Sep

St Patrick’s Cathedral Floral Festival St Patrick’s Cathedral, Cnr James & Neil Streets Toowoomba

Fri 21 – Sun 23 Sep

Hibiscus Society Display Springs Garden World, 333 Spring St Toowoomba

FREE

07 4696 5300

Fri 21 – Sun 23 Sep

Bonsai Show – Toowoomba Bonsai Group Rose Cottage, State Rose Garden, Newtown Park, Holberton St Toowoomba

$3

07 4635 6496

Fri 21 – Wed 26 Sep

Blooms, Brides & Bells St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Cnr Glennie & Beatrice Sts, Drayton

$3

07 4635 0573

Fri 21 – Tue 25 Sep

Native Orchid Show St John’s Lutheran Church Hall, 431 Bridge St Wilsonton

$3

07 4630 1825

Fri 21 – Wed 26 Sep

Orchid Show – Toowoomba Orchid Society Centenary Heights High School Hall, Cnr Ramsay & South Streets Toowoomba

$3

0414 528 875

Fri 21 – Wed 26 Sep

Bromeliad Show – Toowoomba Orchid Society St Pauls Church Hall, Cnr James & Phillip Streets Toowoomba

$3

0414 528 875

Fri 21 – Wed 26 Sep

Flowers Festivals & Finery St James’ Anglican Church, Cnr Russell & Mort Streets Toowoomba

$2

07 4639 1858

Fri 21 – Wed 26 Sep

St Luke's Flower & Music Festival “Sharing our Dreams” St Luke's Anglican Church, Cnr Ruthven & Herries Sts Toowoomba

Gold Coin

07 4639 1910

Fri 21 – Fri 28 Sep

Clivia Show – TAFE TAFE Horticulture, Lindsay St (behind Cobb+Co Museum) Toowoomba

FREE

07 4635 8848

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Fri 21 – Fri 28 Sep

Australian Native Plant Show – TAFE TAFE Horticulture, Lindsay St (behind Cobb+Co Museum) Toowoomba

FREE

07 4635 0059

Sat 22 Sep

St David’s Gardens on Show St David’s Presbyterian Church, 46 Mary St Toowoomba

FREE

07 4632 5324 07 4638 0317

Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sep

Geranium Show - Toowoomba Geranium Society Southern Cross Masonic Hall, 58 Neil St (next to Empire Theatre) Toowoomba

FREE

07 4696 1883

Sat 22 – Sun 30 Sep

Ikebana Display Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, 531 Ruthven St Toowoomba

FREE

07 4688 6652

Mon 24 – Wed 26 Sep

St Stephen’s Church Stainglass Floral Displays St Stephen’s Church, Neil St Toowoomba

FREE

07 4632 2971

Prices

Contact

FREE ADMISSION – Sat 22 & Sun 23 Sep

07 4659 4900

CRAFTS & ART EXHIBITIONS Dates

Event

May – Sep

Cobb+Co Museum Exhibitions: Daily Guided Tours, 10:30am (All year) Cobb+Co Museum, 27 Lindsay St Toowoomba

1 – 30 Sep

Spring Art Exhibition Highfields Pioneer Village Art Gallery, 73 Wirraglen Rd, Highfields

FREE

07 4696 6309

Tue 4 Sep – Sun 7 Oct (Closed Mondays)

Printer's Block by Neville Field & Nadia Kliendanze Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery, New England Hwy, Crows Nest

FREE

07 4698 1687

Fri 7 – Sun 30 Sep

Take 3 Exhibition Blockwork Showroom, 1 Hagan St North Toowoomba

FREE

0418 227 784

Fri 21 – Sun 23 Sep

Toowoomba Art Society Members Exhibition – Fred Gardiner Selection Culliford Gallery, 1 Godsall St Toowoomba

FREE

07 4632 5725

Fri 21 – Wed 24 Oct

Toowoomba Art Society Members Exhibition – Culliford House Selection Culliford Gallery, 1 Godsall St Toowoomba

FREE

07 4632 5725

Mon 3 – Fri 28 Sep

Myart Gallery Spring Exhibition Myart Gallery, 485 Ruthven St Toowoomba

FREE

07 4632 2727

Sat 15 – Sun 30 Sep (Closed Mondays)

Flowers and Garden Art Tosari Galleries, 4 Margaret St Toowoomba

FREE

07 4638 4455

Fri 21 – Wed 26 Sep

Art in Bark Show St Pauls Church Hall, Phillip St Toowoomba

$3

07 4635 2133

Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sep

Geham Craft Show ‘Spring into the Country’ Geham State School, New England Hwy Geham

$5

07 4612 6333

Sat 22 – Wed 26 Sep

Creative Fields Highfields State School Hall, New England Hwy Highfields

$2

07 4630 8062

Sat 22 – Fri 28 Sep

Quilts & Other Fine Arts Exhibition Salo Centre, St Ursula’s College, Rome St Toowoomba (Toowoomba Design Quilt also on display in City Hall during business hours)

$5

07 4635 7918

Sat 22 – Wed 26 Sep

Spinners, Weavers & Dyers Exhibition St Luke’s Church Hall, Cnr Ruthven & Herries St, Toowoomba

$2

07 4635 4344

Sat 22 – Sat 29 Sep

Teapot Extravaganza St Albans Church Hall, Cnr Anzac Ave & Hill St Toowoomba

$3

07 4634 6236

Tue 28 Aug – Thu 27 Sep

Indigenous Art Exhibition USQ Arts Gallery, West St Toowoomba

FREE

07 4631 1111

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Legend Queens Park

Parking

Grand Central Shopping Centre

Newtown Park State Rose Garden

Cobb & Co Museum

Gardentown Shopping Centre

Laurel Bank Park

Pictures in the Park

Picnic Point Park

Toowoomba Regional Council – City Hall

Japanese Gardens

Carnival Classic Cars

Toowoomba Plaza Shopping Centre Kearneys Spring Park & Ride Carpark

Sideshow Alley Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine

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Park & Ride Take advantage of the free Park & Ride service and avoid the hassle and frustration of trying to find a carpark. Simply park at the Kearneys Spring Historical Park in Spring Street and hop on the next shuttle bus. Busses depart every 30 minutes. During the day, the busses complete a circuit of Kearneys Spring Historical Park, Picnic Point, Date

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9:30am – 4:30pm, every 30 minutes 1. Kearneys Spring Historical Park. 2. Picnic Point. 3. Queens Park and Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival. 4. Laurel Bank Park.

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Queens Park, Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival and Laurel Bank Park. During the evening, it is an express service between Kearneys Spring Historical Park and the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival incorporating the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series at Queens Park. 4:30pm – 11:00pm, every 30 minutes 1. Kearneys Spring Historical Park. 2. Queens Park and Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival incorporating the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series.


Thank You To Our Sponsors The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers would like to extend a hearty ‘Thank You’ to our sponsors, without who we couldn’t bring this great event to you... Government Partners

Foundation Partners

Providing Partners

Peter Roberts Honda

Media and Promotional Partners

Carnival Corporate Club All Safe Fencing QLD

Livewired Electrical

CNW Electrical and Data Suppliers

Orchy

Coles Toowoomba Plaza

Park Motor Inn Toowoomba

Darling Downs – South West Queensland Medicare Local

Productive Gardens

Darling Downs Veteran and Vintage Motor Club

R & O Communications

de Pot Man

Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Garden City Cabs

Vast AV

Kath Dickson Family Centre

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LOTS TO LOVE ... IN TOOWOOMBA & DARLING DOWNS Toowoomba and the Darling Downs features a diverse mix of experiences for everyone. The region boasts spectacular parks and gardens, scenic views and great dining, as well as an overflowing and exciting events calendar. For more information about Toowoomba and the Darling Downs, or any of the other great places in Southern Queensland Country, pop in to one of the Visitor Information Centre below or visit us online. www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/events www.toowoombaholidays.com.au

Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre 86 James St (Warrego Hwy), Toowoomba QLD 4350 T: 07 4639 3797 Freecall: 1800 33 11 55 Email: infocentre@toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au Hampton Visitor Information Centre 8623 New England Highway, Hampton QLD 4352 T: 07 4697 9066 Freecall: 1800 009 066 Email: hamptoninfo@toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au Yarraman Heritage House Visitor Information Centre 26 Millar Street, Yarraman Qld 4614 T: 07 4163 8111


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