Stunning Allora photo goes viral on Facebook

SUNFLOWERS SET THE SCENE: This image, snapped by photographer Gareth McGuigan near Allora, has gone viral on social media.
SUNFLOWERS SET THE SCENE: This image, snapped by photographer Gareth McGuigan near Allora, has gone viral on social media. Gareth Mcguigan

A STUNNING photograph of Allora's spectacular sunflowers has gained national exposure on social media, further strengthening the region's Sunflower Route as a premier tourist attraction.

The image, taken by photographer Gareth McGuigan, made it to the Friday Fan page on - Tourism Australia's official Facebook page with more than 6.2 million likes.

By lunchtime yesterday the photo had been liked more than 2500 times and shared 331 times.

Mr McGuigan said he travelled with his family from Barr's Scrub, near Beenleigh, on Saturday afternoon in search of sunflower fields.

"I knew the sunflower season was from December to January, so I decided to pack the family in the car and go and find some fields," he said.

"I like landscape photography and nothing beats sunflower fields at sunset."

Driving along Clifton-Allora Rd, Mr McGuigan spotted a particular scene and knew he was on to something.

"When I saw the shed in the middle of the field I knew it was something special," he said.

"It's exciting to see on - I'm very happy with it."

The promotion of the Sunflower Route has local tourism operators excited, with the region's sunflowers continuing to attract a growing number of visitors.

Warwick Visitor Information Centre co-ordinator Amy Walker said for the image to be voted by as one of the most popular for the week means great recognition of the simple, yet stunning beauty of the sunflowers.

"The region is well-known for the annual sunflower bloom, attracting visitors from far and wide and at present the Warwick Visitor Information Centre is fielding a volume of inquiries as to where and when to visit to see the blooms at their best," she said.

"We've even had a young man phone to co-ordinate a visit so he can propose to his girlfriend."

Mrs Walker said the Sunflower Route was an extremely popular way for locals and visitors to experience the sunflowers.

"To stay informed on where and when the region's sunflowers are in bloom, people are encourage to like and follow Warwick Tourism and Events on Facebook to receive regular updates," she said.

Share your stunning sunflower shots by posting them on the Warwick Daily News Facebook page.

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