Queensland chef Alastair McLeod is hosting a new event at this year’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in September –  High Cheese at the historic Spring Bluff Railway Station.

In a major coup for foodies, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers’ High Cheese to Spring Bluff will be held in partnership with Lockyer Valley Regional Council. This will be an extraordinary experience, given it is happening at the beautiful heritage-listed station that boasts 150 years of railway history and magnificent gardens. TICKETS at tcof.com.au

Spring Bluff Railway Station is a heritage listed site located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba. Its significance stems from 150 years of railway history and the attraction of its beautiful landscaped gardens. The station was decommissioned in August 1992, and the ganger and fettler crew withdrawn in September 1993. The importance of the station was recognised with the formation of the Spring Bluff Railway Station Trust to preserve and maintain the grounds and station. The original trust consisted of Toowoomba City Council, Gatton Shire Council, Crows Nest Shire Council & QR and following amalgamation in 2008, changed to Toowoomba Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council & Queensland Rail. The National Trust of Queensland listed the Main Range Railway on its Register in March 1994.

The multi-award-winning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (TCOF) will this year run for ALL OF SEPTEMBER, an extension of the 10-day event that has taken place in Queensland’s city on the range for the past 72 years, and a sign of the success of its COVID-19 planning.  Taking centre stage over the new 30-day format will be flowers and local flavours, as the event blooms into a truly region-wide experience for both locals and visitors.

TCOF 2020 was the first free, unfenced, outdoor, major tourism event in Australia to be delivered during COVID-19 restrictions, and saw more than 200,000 visitors from all over Queensland attend. Today the Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio announced that TCOF 2021 would be extended from the usual 10-day format, to run the full month, from September 1 to 30 with Council’s gardeners preparing to plant over 190,000 blooms.

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