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Want to escape the big smoke of Brisbane and head somewhere a little more laid back but still packed with fun-filled activities? Well, our advice is to make ‘the switch’ to Ipswich. Here are 8 fun-filled activities you can do just 43 Kilometers outside of Brisbane!
Urbane Night Markets: Phil's Dumpling Envy Brisbane
Urbane Night Markets
Ipswich are opening brand new night markets that will support a collective of local business and offer an evening of food trucks, art stalls and activities and live entertainment. The launch event will begin on Thursday March 29 and will continue to run each Friday and Saturday from 4pm-10pm at Swifts Bowls Club. It's sure to be a fun night out for the whole family!
Get the adrenaline pumping at Willowbank Raceway. With drag racing events held all year round for the whole family, it's bound to be an adventurous and slightly competitive day out!
Fulfill every thrill-seeker’s dream and ride on the back of a Harley Davidson Motorbike with Ipswich Trike Tours. The tours are versatile, ranging from views of Ipswich’s historical sites, nature sight-seeing attractions such as Wivenhoe and Koroomba Lavendar farms, or a trike led winery tour tasting the local flavours. Weekend activity? D The launch event will begin on Thursday March 29 and will continue to run each Friday and Saturday from 4pm-10pm at Swifts Bowls Club. It's sure to be a fun night out for the whole family!
Love cracking open a cold beer after a long and hard day? Well, Ipswich has some treats in store for you. Just to name a few breweries in Ipswich: there is Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, home to Four Hearts Brewing Company, that features an interesting selection of modern craft beer styles. There is also Heisenberg Haus, a German-inspired beer hall with not only traditional beer but Bavarian cuisine too! Lastly, Ipswich is home to a venue called Tap’d Bar at The Prince Alfred Hotel which offers 72 taps of craft beer, appealing to nearly all taste buds.
Bob Gamble Park – River Heart Parklands
The kids will be excited about this one. With a shallow water playing area, bike trails, climbing spiders, swings, and best of all a 25 meter flying-fox, the Bob Gamble Park is a definite child paradise. There is also a discovery forest with balance beams, forts, wooden totem poles and a bridge that crosses a creek bed.
Discover Ipswich: Kholo Botanic Gardens
Kholo Botanic Gardens
More of the outdoorsy type? Then head over to Kholo Botanic Gardens! Luscious and beautiful wildlife and plenty of bushwalking tracks to explore. There are plenty of gazebos, picnic tables and BBQ’s. Make a day of observing nature at its best while relaxing in these beautiful gardens.
Mountain Biking Trails
Ipswich is a mountain biking hot spot. Strap yourself in for an adventure of a lifetime while witnessing all the beautiful sights along the way. A few of the most popular places are Castle Hill, Blackstone Hill, and Hidden Vale Adventure Park.
The Workshops Rail Museum
Take a walk back in time and see an important part of Ipswich history with the Workshops Rail Museum. Previously the workplace of over 3000 railway workers, it’s a testament to the technological breakthroughs of today.