The Scenic Rim’s annual sunflower festival is blooming again over 24 acres

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Spring in southeast Queensland means hanging out in Toowoomba, where the annual Carnival of Flowers takes place. In autumn, folks eager to be surrounded by petals have a date with the Scenic Rim instead. On the agenda: the Kalbar Sunflower Festival, which celebrates golden-hued blooms over a big April weekend, with 2024’s event happening from Friday, April 19, to Sunday, April 21.

Sat just over an hour outside of Brisbane, the Kalbar Sunflowers farm couldn’t be more vibrant at this time of year. It’s no wonder that its festival has become a much-loved and hugely popular autumn event, with more than 12,000 people attending annually.

If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, expect to spot sunflowers as far as the eye can see at the Jenner family farm. In its early years, more than 200,000 blooms reached up to the sky, which is a hefty number. In 2023, over one million sunflowers were planted across 24 acres — and the same number will bloom in 2024. All those golden petals also help the fest play host to a highlight to get lost in, literally: a four-acre sunflower maze.

Also on the program, other than picking sunflowers at $3 per stem, yoga sessions among the sea of gold, art classes amid the blooms, and helicopter rides over the fields, all of which have been drawcards in past years. Photo sessions will be back, of course, taking Kalbar’s eye-catching sight to social media feeds. As always as well, the farm makes one helluva picnic spot.


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