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Come for the flowers, stay for the stars

A reminder that just like the famous Toowoomba flowers, our starry night blooms, too.
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Wet weather forecasts aren’t likely to deter crowds from flocking to the Garden City for the last week of Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers.

For those looking to extend their holiday, the University of Southern Queensland’s Festival of Astronomy (October 6 to 8) has plenty to send you over the Moon.

Swapping gardens for galaxies, visitors can immerse themselves in all things extra-terrestrial during the free three-day program.

Astronomy lovers will also have the chance to meet some of the world’s leading space scientists who will be speaking at the event, including astrobiologist Professor Jonti Horner.

“From lunar eclipses and supermoons to meteor showers, there are plenty of reasons for visitors to keep an eye on the Toowoomba sky,” Professor Horner said.

A 90-minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD, Toowoomba is the perfect spot for stargazing with unpolluted views spanning the horizon with a vantage point of more than 700 metres above sea level.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a special musical performance under the stars, followed by a guided telescope night viewing on Saturday (October 8).

Whether it is hunting for new planets or searching for aliens, there will also be plenty of opportunities for budding astronauts to have their questions answered at the Curious Kids event.

Find out more about the Festival of Astronomy. 

What: Festival of Astronomy and Space
When: Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 October
Time: From 4pm
Where: University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba

people looking through a telescope
Swapping gardens for galaxies, visitors can immerse themselves in all things extra-terrestrial during the free three-day program.