Your Guide to Sunflower Spotting on the Southern Downs
Summer is sunflower season on the Southern Downs and every year they’re blooming beautiful! From late December onwards, a sea of yellow floods parts of the region as spectacular sunflower fields line major highways and country roads around Warwick and Allora.
Want to spot these golden giants? Follow our handy guide to finding #SouthernDownsSunflowers below!
1. Location, location, location
Finding sunflower fields can be a bit like a golden treasure hunt!
Please note, as sunflowers are a summer crop, there are no fields currently in bloom. When there are new fields in bloom, check out this page, head to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt Facebook page, or give the Warwick Visitor Information Centre a buzz.
2. When to Visit
Sunflowers only bloom around December to March, so it’s important you time your visit properly (hello long weekends!). Once a field has started to flower, it will only be in bloom for 3-4 weeks. These timings are very dependent on weather, so can change drastically. Please note, as of 19 April 2022, there are no sunflower fields in bloom. There are no fields expected to bloom until December 2022.
3. Respect the Farmers
When inspecting these beauties, please keep in mind the sunflowers are growing on private land and form part of the farmers’ livelihoods. Please abide by the following rules:
- Please be respectful and do not trespass, litter or take any flowers. As a working farm there are major bio-security risks if you trespass, including spreading diseases and weeds. Trespassing causes major biosecurity risks and is illegal. This means you CAN NOT enter the sunflower field – you are able to take photos from behind the fence/property line.
- There have been a number of snakes, spiders and bees spotted around sunflower farms this year, so be careful!
- Please drive slowly and make sure it is safe to exit your car once parked.
To get that perfect image you don’t have to jump any fences – simply bring a stool or something to give you height and voilà, perfect perspective so you can nab that killer shot!
4. Share Your Golden Shots
Image by @saltysummits via Instagram
5. While You’re Here
Make a weekend of it by checking out these other things to do in the area:
- Check out the welcoming heritage towns of Warwick and Allora, both doubling as good lunch spots.
- Nature lover? Lace up your boots and check out these 3 national parks.
- If a day of sunflower spotting has you working up a sweat, here’s our top 7 must visit waterholes to check out.
- If you have the kids in tow, make sure you check out these 20 family activities in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt or extend the trip and head off on this four day country getaway.