Your Guide to Sunflower Spotting on the Southern Downs

UPDATED Monday 24 January 2022 – Please note there are currently no fields in bloom in the Southern Downs. When there are new fields blooming, this will be updated below and on the Southern Downs and Granite Belt Facebook page

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 of Monday 24 January 2022, 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.

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

Once you’ve nabbed that killer shot, share it with us! Tag #SouthernDownsSunflowers in your posts or send it to us on Facebook or Instagram. Need some inspiration? Check out these 10 blooming beautiful pics of sunflowers.

5. While You’re Here

Make a weekend of it by checking out these other things to do in the area:

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