Stop and smell the… sunflowers. While it might feel like we’ve seen the end of the Australian summer, these sun-worshipping crops are still going strong in the eastern states. At Lonely Continent, we love a lush carpet of flowers, as per this round-up. Here are three more farms, fields and festivals to add to your list – and visit immediately.
Sunshine & Sunflower Day, Kalbar
After years of devastating drought, farmers Russell and Jenny Jenner made a major pivot last season: instead of planting hay, they planted sunflowers, which require far less water. The result is a vibrant vision of 200,000 blooms, located on Queensland’s Scenic Rim, about 70 kilometres from Brisbane.
On March 27-28 the farm will transform into a festival, with sunrise yoga amongst the flowers, picnics, food trucks, sunflower-themed cooking classes, a sublime sunset dinner and a scenic helicopter flight over the fields of gold.
Get your tickets to the event here.
Pick Your Own Sunflowers, Dunnstown
This paddock of soaring sunflowers releases opening times and dates each week, dependent on the state of the flowers and the weather (this week, it’s open from Wednesday March 24 to Sunday March 28). Entry is $5 and sunflowers are $2 a stem – take your own secateurs and basket! It’s about 90 minutes from Melbourne, near Ballarat; find out more details here.
New South Wales
Farm & Co, Kingscliff
Located just south of Tweed Heads, this organic family farm is a destination in itself – with boutique accommodation, a cafe, animals, plus gorgeous yellow fields. There are still more sunflowers to bloom this season – though heavy rain may impact opening days and hours. Check for updates on their Instagram page before visiting.