Southern Queensland Country | Events

All across Southern Queensland Country you’ll find a delightful (and delicious) spread of events year-round. From quirky events celebrating melons and one of the state’s toughest triathlons, to horse races, seasonal foodie events and a massive flower carnival you’ll be quite surprised at how much is going on. 

See below to find out exactly what's on in Toowoomba and surrounds. 

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a celebration of everything this region has to offer. You’ll find it’s not only the blooms that come out to play at this 10-day festival to welcome spring, but locals and visitors from far and wide who are ready to shake off the shackles of winter with some good food, good wine, and good music. 

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Science on the Move

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$0 - 12.50
17 December 2019 – 4 May 2020
Enjoy, discover and explore principles of light, music and sound, human biology and health, force and motion, ecology and the environment, electricity and magnetism, human population and genetics. Science on the Move’s intriguing exhibit investigations will engage your mind and body.

Janne Chew: Resonating Reflections

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
9 January – 16 February 2020
Janne Chew examines a variety of disciplines: Resin on glass and resin on wood makes up a substantial section of the work that explores the freedom of the medium and vibrant colour. To add to this vivid and fluid effect are a section of alcohol inks.

Rhonda Armistead: Standing Still

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
9 January – 16 February 2020
Come on a 2000 kilometre journey along the backroads and highways to discover the lost, abandoned and still standing old buildings and sheds in a series of paintings and drypoint engravings by Rhonda Armistead.

Gayle Shaw: Seasons

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
9 January – 16 February 2020
Gayle’s interests lie in the natural environment which brings personal enjoyment and satisfaction. Nature and the surrounding splendour are the inspiration for this artist. Her feelings of wonder are expressed in the colourful glass objects through both simple and complex designs with the aim to evoke feelings of peace and resonate with the landscape.

Old Time Dance

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 1 February 2020
Old Time Dancing to live music with five different bands on rotation. Delicious homemade supper supplied. Dancing from 8pm until midnight every Saturday night. Lucky door, Monte Carlo, lucky spot and raffle.

Lazy Saturday, Music and Wine is Life at Heritage Estate

Cottonvale, Southern Downs Area
From AU$5 - 5
Monthly from 1 February 2020
On guitars and vocals… Pierre Sparks and John Hibbons. Just turn up and pay your entrance fee. Food is available. Wine is available by the bottle or glass.

Grape Stomp 2020

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
From AU$20 - 65.00
1 February 2020
Kingsley Grove are holding their second annual Grape Stomping Festival. Guests will be able to participate in the age old tradition of grape stomping. There will also be competition stomping. Do you think you have what it takes to fill the bottle first?

Festival of Hell

Goondiwindi, Goondiwindi Area
From AU$40.00 - 280.00
7 – 9 February 2020
The Festival of Hell (formerly known as Hell of the West) is a weekend encompassing the the Hell of the West Triathlon and the GTH and Super Saturday. Described as Queensland's iconic long course triathlon event, HOTW is the "toughest (and oldest) triathlons in Queensland" consisting of a two kilometre swim in the mighty Macintyre River, 80 kilometre "dead flat" cycle along the Barwon Highway heading west and 20 kilometre 'hot as hell' run along the picturesque Macintyre River.

Leatherplaiting Workshop

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$360 - 550
8 – 10 February 2020
Learn the basics of the intricate trade of leatherplaiting. Using Kangaroo leather, you will make your choice of an eight strand whip or a 13 strand belt. Kangaroo leather is often used by Australian leatherplaiters as it is one of the strongest leathers available.

Yarraman Markets

Yarraman, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 8 February 2020
Yarraman Markets are situated on the corner of the New England and D'Aguilar Highways, on the second Saturday of each month from 7am to 12pm. The Yarraman Progress Association do an all morning barbecue breakfast.
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Food and Wine Festivals

All things food and wine is something Southern Queensland Country know and do extremely well. So naturally, they celebrate this through a variety of food and wine events throughout the year. As a taste, why not get well acquainted with the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry at the Apple & Grape Harvest Festival! Or for a true homegrown Aussie experience, the Australian Camp Oven Festival is a must. From damper throwing to billy boiling, this is a weekend of great family fun. 

But this is just the beginning, find more delicious events below.

Music Festivals

While Southern Queensland Country music festivals aren’t what you would typically expect, they certainly are memorable... and a little wacky! Bring your knitting needles or crochet hooks and settle in to enjoy a program of jazz events in the local cafes and parks with Warwick’s very own Jumpers and Jazz – and so much more!

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