Where is it: All around Toowoomba from 20 – 30 September 2018!
What's it all about: Queensland’s ‘Garden City’ has been putting on its best annually for over 65 years now – so much so that the Carnival of Flowers has become an iconic event!
Tell me more: Around 2 hour’s drive west of Brisbane will put you right in the heart of one of Australia’s most fertile agricultural regions – the Darling Downs and its major centre, Toowoomba! The Garden City celebrates spring every year in the most colourful way it can – with a Carnival of Flowers! This 10 day event is a must see here in South East Queensland, the lawns and gardens are meticulously prepared and presented, the weather is beautiful and the atmosphere is always positive and welcoming! You cannot help but be amazed by the magnificent flowers and gardens which are presented across the city, while parades, live entertainment, carnival rides, sideshow alley and so much yummy food and drink round out this fantastic event!
Where is it: Three Mile Road, Crows Nest, Qld – about 2 hours’ drive west of Brisbane (or 45 minutes’ drive north of Toowoomba)
What's it all about: A lovely and quiet National Park with a few little swimming holes!
Tell me more: This is a really nice day trip from Brisbane that will see you in a lovely bush setting! Pack a picnic and your walking shoes to take a relaxing walk through quiet bushland and beautiful granite outcrops. And don’t forget your swimmers and towel as there a few easy to access creek and swimming hole locations along the walk. You can’t swim in the falls themselves as it is quite dangerous, however there is a lovely lookout point and after heavy rain the falls can be quite impressive! There is lots of wildlife as well – we saw birds, goannas and wallabies when we visited, but there are also platypus in the river (we weren’t lucky enough to see any though)! There is a picnic area with toilets and bbq areas however there is no water so you will need to bring your own. A lovely visit for the day or even better to camp for a night or two!
Amenities: Basic facilities but ok considering the relative isolation! 👍👍
Cost: Free to enjoy the park, however you will need to factor in the cost of getting there! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Parking is free and there should be enough place for everyone! 👍👍👍
Access: It’s a little out of the way, but that’s part of the charm of this place! 👍👍
Best for: A lovely day trip and perhaps suited for the more mobile kids 4 and up! 👍👍👍
Summary: Crows Nest Falls National Park is lovely region and it really feels like you are right in the outback! 👍👍👍👍
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