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View from my wheelchair: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine

If you’re into live music, food and wine then this festival is absolutely one of the best value for money options available. Three days of live entertainment for $90 cannot be beat.

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community Sarah Shaw

I'm one of the many people with a muscle wasting condition that hasn't quite got a name yet or official diagnosis, I live with my wife and Friday our furry companion. I first started to notice changes in my body in 2008 so I have been living with this degenerative condition for more than a decade now. I have used a wheelchair as my mode of getting around since 2014. I love getting out and about in the community and am interested in Theatre, Music and the Arts. I also keep an eagle eye on what is happening in current affairs across the country. I worked in the Federal Public Service for twenty-six years and retired due to invalidity about two years ago.

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If you’re into live music, food and wine then this festival is absolutely one of the best value for money options available. Three days of live entertainment for $90 cannot be beat.

Before you go though you want to ensure your needs can be met so here is my review of the festival’s accessibility features.


  • The festival is held in Queens Park which is a flat park covered in grass or dirt and leaves. This makes it relatively easy to manoeuvre for people with mobility devices.
  • The festival is located within easy travelling distance of one of the major flower displays in the city. Access to this is along a flat footpath.
  • Great value for money your entry ticket accesses not only ten hours of live music but access to flower arranging workshops, cooking displays and more.
  • This is very much a festival aimed at families in the style of a large group of people sharing a picnic whilst listening to music. Feel free to bring your collapsible chairs, tables and picnic blankets.
  • Disability toilets provided are the smaller type of portable accessible toilets. Within 100 metres of the festival gates there is a public permanent toilet with full disability fit out.
  • Crowd sizes at this festival are relatively small and easier to navigate as opposed to bigger events.
  • There is a drop off zone close to the front gates for those that cannot access a disabled park close to the festival.


  • This is not an all-weather venue. If it rains you will need to provide your own wet weather gear.
  • There is no changing places toilet at the festival.
  • Disability parking for the festival is extremely limited close to the festival gates. Normal street parking and parking places raising funds for local groups at a price are available within a relatively short distance for those organised to get there early.
  • The temperatures can fluctuate significantly from being very hot during the day to very cold at night.
  • Disability toilets provided are not large enough for large power wheelchairs.
  • There are no special accessible facilities to this festival in terms of viewing platforms or access to food and wine.
Sarah Shaw at Carnival of Flowers

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