Jaw meet floor: 5 reasons why you need to visit the sunflower fields pronto

Summer = sunflower season in Southern Queensland Country and this year they are bloomin’ baby. A sea of yellow flood the fields of country towns creating the most picturesque of sceneries along the Sunflower Route and beyond.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to visit the sunflower fields this weekend.

1. They only bloom from January – March (sad face)

Sunflowers in Cambooya - Matty @lambyyyy_

Location: Cambooya | Photo by @lambyyy

Well, they aren’t called “sunflowers” for nothing. Just like us Queenslanders, they love the sun.

2. They are HUUUGE!

Sunflowers in Nobby - @shipwreckphotography

Location: Nobby | Photo by @shipwreckphotography

That’s no joke! Some can grow up to 30 inches in diameter. In fact, the largest on record was 32 ¼ inches!

3. Finding blooming fields are like a golden treasure hunt.

Sunflowers at Cambooya - @darrentierneyphotography

Location: Cambooya | Photo by @darrentierneyphotography

Sunflowers are 100% natural baby. They bloom and then they die, it’s the circle of life. So, finding a field that’s blooming can be tricky, but don’t lose faith.

Tip: You’ll know that you’ve stumbled across a blooming field when you see multiple cars parked out front.

4. Do it for the ‘gram

Allora Sunflowers @georgiakelleher

Location: Allora | Photo by @georgiakelleher

Practice your photography skills and be the envy of your friends and Instagram followers with that perfect candid shot.

5. The sunsets are just better out here


Location: Nobby | Photo by @swaller4

Literally. The sky lights up and contrasts perfectly against the sunflower fields. You need to see it to believe it.

People have spotted sunflowers at:

New blooms are expected to appear in:

When you visit the sunflower fields, please be mindful that these sunflowers grow in the farmlands and crop fields of hard working Queenslanders. Remember to be respectful and do not trespass or damage property or sunflowers trying to get the perfect picture. The best thing you can do is admire the sunflowers from a distance.

Important information:

  • This year’s sunflower season is a little later and you can expect to still see sunflower fields in late March and during April.
  • When visiting the sunflower fields, please don’t damage the sunflowers or the property.
  • Crops last a couple of weeks, so if fields were blooming a week ago, they may not be blooming this week.
  • Be prepared not to find any, sunflowers are natural and will grow and bloom when they want to.

Psst! If you really love flowers, head to Toowoomba in September for the annual Toowoomba Festival of Flowers.

If you can’t get enough of the sunflowers and want to keep exploring, here’s how you can spend a whole weekend in Toowoomba.

This is how we’re leaving work on Friday to chase sunflowers on the weekend:

This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated on 7 February 2018.