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Pawsome puppy-friendly events at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers


Dog lovers are in for a treat as the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers launches an official dog-friendly program dedicated to keeping you and your furry loved one entertained.

Petals and Pups 2021 is being held to salute Toowoomba's first canine Ambassadog, ‘Puppy’ the Pomeranian.

The carnival is being celebrated across all 30 days of September, in a welcome extension of the historical 10-day event, allowing more people to spend more time in the floral-filled parks, public spaces and gardens, to taste the flavors of the region and to stay a little longer.

More than 190,000 blooms have been planted across the city’s major parks and public spaces to create a spectacular canvas of colour for much needed celebrations in September.

The pawsome Petals and Pups program boasts more than 20 dog-friendly activities and 27 off-leash parks, as well as dog-friendly cafes, restaurants and accommodation recommendations.

Toowoomba’s scenic panorama of the Great Dividing Range.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers’ Petals and Pups program:

Cultured Canine Itinerary - if spending a weekend strolling through perfectly manicured gardens, taking in amazing art and indulging in a long lunch (all with your canine companion in tow) appeals, then this is your pawfect pick. The days starts with some laneway love, exploring Toowoomba’s fantastic street art scene, before a visit to Picnic Point where a selfie with the famous bronze statue of “Puppy” is a must. From here, it’s a lazy lunch, before an off-leash play at Queens Park and then some petal time in the Botanic Gardens.

Pampered Pup Itinerary – a fur-bulous day of Instagrammable indulgence! This begins with a puppyccino (and cappuccino for the human), before some doggie day spa time (a signature cut and blow dry perhaps) followed by some well-behaved dog-friendly local luxe shopping (hello Harolds Finishing Touches) before taking in the blooms at Laurel Bank Park.

Adventure Dog Itinerary – it’s barking brilliant for action-packed trailblazers and starts with a hearty breakfast, a bushland adventure at Garnett Lehman Park, a snack (and a great single origin coffee for humans) before free ranging at Dr Alex Horn Park (great for sunsets)!

View the dog off leash maps and plan your visit – here


Pet Friendly Places to Eat:

Toowoomba locals will tell you the café scene is worth sticking around for! Plan your day around stopping in for fresh local produce filled eats and master-brewed coffee at some of the region’s best dog-friendly cafes.
Bar Wunder – 424 Ruthven St
Burrow Café – 117a Bridge St
Gips Restaurant – 120 Russell St
Ground Up – 501 Ruthven St
Home Grown Health – 11 Railway St
Milk & Honey Espresso – 6 Ann St
New Brew Café – 102 Taylor St
Pony Espresso Coffee Bar – 2a Bowen St
Travellers Coffee House – 189 Hume Street
The Finch - 469-473 Ruthven St
Urth Café – 195 Hume Street
Cafe Valetta – 96 Margaret St, Toowoomba
Ortem Café & Events – 15 Railway St, Toowoomba
Parkhouse Café – 92 Margaret St, Toowoomba
Picnic Point Restaurant – 165 Tourist Rd, Toowoomba
The Chocolate Cottage – 10475 New England Hwy, Highfields

For tickets and more information visit


Images: Nigel Hallett