Two of the Cinema's in Toowoomba are beautiful old heritage listed Art Deco buildings.
Don't be mislead by their old exterior, as inside "The Strand", there are 5 Movie screens.
The exterior is lovely, very different! [see photo]
It is located in Margaret street, near Neil street.
The other one is Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre that was built in 1933. This is another Art Deco Building that has been restored. The Empire Theatre is the largest regional theatre in Australia and is said to be an architectural showpiece.
The Empire Theatre is at 56 Neil Street, Toowoomba
This show is another one that is held every year during the Carnival of Flowers.
On entering the show, I bought a raffle ticket for a Clivia, these tickets were only $1 each.
I never knew there were so many different colours in Clivia's until coming to this show. I found there is a huge variety, and I also found, they are expensive to buy, approx $30 - $40 a plant, not cheap!
They had a stall with seedlings for sale, $10 each, a good way to start off if you don't mind waiting for the plant to mature to flower.
Beautiful display, and FREE ADMISSION
The Tafe college also had Australian native plants for sale.
When...........During the Carnival of Flowers......yearly
IN SEPTEMBER, every year this Carnival is held for a week.
* It starts off with a floral parade held on the Saturday.
* COMPETITION GARDENS are free to get into and have a look at, even in drought these are outstanding gardens.
* Exhibition gardens cost a small entry fee, this goes to Charity.
* You can do a Bus Tour around the gardens if you wish.
*Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival, runs from Friday to Sunday. There is an admission charge, but this entitles you to free Wine tasting, visual art displays, cooking demonstrations, and live concerts, good value at $19 in 2010.
* Sideshow alley for that fun time
* Fireworks held over 4 nights during the Carnival
* Lots of floral displays which are either free or a gold coin donation.
* Different garden clubs hold displays, like the Bonsai club, the Clivia club & Orchid club, Quilting Club, Spinners & Weavers, Geranium Club, Art in Bark just to name a few.
* THIS EVENT IS A MUST FOR GARDEN LOVERS!
We go to it every few years, there is always something different, and lots to see.
The photo's are of the "GRAND CHAMPION GARDEN 2010" Free admission to this garden.
Every year when the Carnival of Flowers is on, they hold a street parade. All the local clubs and many business's have floats.
We saw it this year  and thought it was pretty good, especially for children and locals.
Of course, there is a Carnival Queen, and she has a beautiful float of many flowers. There were lots of stilt walkers, also Brass bands, Scottish Bands, Rock n' roll dancers, ethnic groups, old cars and trucks, clowns and anything to do with the community.
The parade starts at 12noon sharp, and I think it took about three quarters an hour. The main street is closed for the event.
If you buy the Chronicle newspaper, there is a map inside of where the parade goes.
Crowds line the streets from three deep and more. They estimated that 80,000 people watched it this year!
We were at the start, thankgoodness, as we didn't take any seating with us!
It is held on the 1st Saturday of the Carnival of Flowers, which is in the middle of September.
Check out their website for details about next years.
Every year when the Carnival of Flower's is on in mid September, St. Patrick's Cathedral hosts a free floral display.
We wandered in for a look, and were stopped by a helpful lady who told us a little about the displays. Most of them were done by Tafe student's studying floral art, some by school children, another by one of the Nun's. All of them were different themes.
Beautifully done, with lots of different ideas, including fruit used in the floral arrangement.
We thought it was lovely, and gave a donation on our way out.
A drive around the streets of Toowoomba, and you will see many lovely Churches and Cathedrals.
The one in my photo is St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The present blue-stone Cathedral is the third church under the name St Patrick's to stand on the site in James Street, Toowoomba. The first was erected in 1863. This small wooden Church-school soon became too small for the ever growing congregation and was expanded in 1880, only to be burnt down the day after completion.
The one today is built in neo-gothic style, and was officially blessed and opened on the 17th March, 1889 - St Patrick's Day.
Amidst a crowd of over 7000 people, the new Cathedral was opened on 24th March, 1935.
Yearly, during the 'CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS' in late September, The Chronicle newspaper lists 6 gardens that will be open for the public to view.
These gardens are not prepared for Carnival week, they have been selected for their year round beauty and attractive features.
These gardens ARE OPEN FROM 9 - 5pm DAILY.
There is an ADMISSION CHARGE (for 2010) prices were..........
4 gardens $10, 3 gardens $9, 1 garden $4. All proceeds go to charity.
Children are FREE, is accompanied by an Adult.
Tickets can be purchased at the exhibition gardens.
You can do a Bus Tour of the 4 gardens, plus scenic sights and parks and garden, with the driver giving a commentary.
These depart from the Tourist Information Centre.
To find out where the gardens are located, buy the Chronicle paper from the Tourist Information centre. It will have a map in it, with the locations of the gardens.
The garden competition, heralds the beginning of Spring. Gardener's in Toowoomba have planted their gardens with Annuals and Perennials, so that they are blooming at their very best for Carnival time.
Toowoomba is a very garden orientated city. The people love their gardens.
The competition has various awards, eg. for the best large garden, small garden, newly established garden, natives, cacti, etc, etc.
Luckily, the keen gardeners, have their own bores, otherwise, they would not be able to water, as Toowoomba is in severe drought at the moment.
If you buy the Chronicle newspaper from the Tourist Information centre, it has a map showing where the prize winning gardens are located, and names and addresses of all the gardens that were entered in the competition. The ladies at the centre are very helpful.
There is also a special sign above the street sign, so that they are easy to find.
ENTRY TO ALL THESE GARDENS IS FREE!
Crowds of people come, as many as 10,000 in a week. The gardens are only open for 1 week.
So, all you garden/flower lovers, come and have a look, get some ideas for your own garden, it really is beautiful, and a credit to the owner's of the gardens.
Cobb + Co Museum, is a part of the Queensland Museum and home to the National Carriage Collection, Australia's finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
As well as Cobb & Co. coaches, the carriage collection has examples of a vast range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era, farm wagons, hawkers barrows, delivery carts and buggies to an elegant landau; the Rolls Royce of carriages.
Included in the museum, is an extensive displays on the natural and cultural history of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.
This Museum does research and conservation work relating to horse drawn vehicles, and has education programs, including heritage trades workshops, and blacksmithing.
There is a children's interactive play area - The Coach Stop.
Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the Museum along with morning/afternoon tea or lunch in the onsite coffee shop
Gifts are also available, you may be able to pick up a different souvenir here.
Admission is $9.50 (2009)
The Scented Garden was especially built as a garden for visually impaired people.
The area has mass plantings of richly perfumed plants, herbs and flowers.
Paths are wide, and winding there way amongst trees , water features, and the perfumed plantings. It is an easy access for wheel chairs, and the picnic tables have also been designed to cope with wheel chair users.
A lovely, unique garden area.............FREE
As well as this area, the park is quite large, with plenty of other beautiful plantings, shrubs and Trees.
One area of particular beauty, is the large arbor of Wisteria.
If you do not have your own car to get around and see the gardens, then don't worry, all types of Bus tours are available.
There is a PARADE & GARDEN TOUR (6HRS)
COST.......$75.00 (Bookings essential)
You see the grand Parade, visit 5 prize winning gardens, exhibition garden, Brindabella country garden, Orchid show, scenic sights and a gourmet packed lunch is included in the price.
GRAND FLORAL TOUR (5HR)
COST.......$65.OO (bookings essential)
You visit 5 prize winning gardens, exhibition garden, Brindabella country garden, Orchid show, scenic sights and a 2 course sit down lunch.
TWO HOUR TOUR
You visit 4 prize winning gardens, and scenic sights.
You visit 6 prize winning gardens & scenic sights.
Prices are for 2009
All tours can be booked at the Tourist Information Centre.
ALL TOURS DEPART FROM THE CENTRE.
There is also a FREE COURTESY BUS that departs every 30mins from the centre.
This takes you to St. Paul's Orchid show, St. Luke Flower show, Garden town shopping centre, Grand central shopping centre, bus interchange and Queens park. 1st Bus departs at 9.45am, last Bus departs at 4.45pm.
Phone number for Bus Queensland is below......
The Wollemi Pine is one of the WORLD'S OLDEST & RAREST PLANTS, dating back to the time of the Dinosaurs.
With less than 100 adult trees known to exist in the wild, the Wollemi Pine is now the focus of extensive research to safeguard its survival.
It was discovered just 10 years ago by a bushwalker in a national park only 200km from Sydney, Australia's biggest city.
A majestic conifer with attractive, unusual dark green foliage and bubbly bark, the Wollemi Pine can grow up to 40 metres high in the wild with a trunk diameter of over one metre.
The Pines can survive temperatures from -5 to 45°C, and are expected to withstand even cooler temperatures.
Located, in a cage for its own protection, the Wollemi Pine is located near the side facing Lindsay street, in Queen's Park.
There is a plaque by the tree, with more information on it.
The parterre gardens located in Queen's Park, are a popular location for weddings.
It is only a small garden, but very nice.
When I visited, it had Annuals as well as shapes, and was surrounded by small and large hedges.
This formal European garden style is further enhanced by a series of stoned walkways, and sculptures.
In September, for the Carnival of Flowers, Queen's Park is planted with thousands of different annuals.
The display beds are done in attractive patterns and look absolutely stunning!
In the centre, where the Memorial is, there is a makeshift stand that you can go up, this gives you a good overview of the gardens, and you will get some good photos from here.
During the Carnival, there is also a little Drink & Food stand in the park, where you can get a refreshment.
In 2009, it was 60years that the Carnival had been running for.
A MUST VISIT!
Queen's Park was formerly a Crown Reserve, and was handed over to the control of the Toowoomba Council in 1865.
Many of the trees planted in Queen's Park were imported from Europe, Asia, and many other parts of the world, and are now quite big, old and well established.
The park is also the venue for many community activities, as there is plenty of lawned, open space. The sweeping expanse of grassed area near the corner of Hume and Margaret Streets, makes an ideal venue for attractions such as music performances.
There is a bikeway winding through the park, play equipment and barbecue facilities, making it an appealing spot for a picnic.
Queen's Park is lovely any time of the year...............
but a visit IN SEPTEMBER,...........
WHEN THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS IS ON........
IS A MUST!