10 Ipswich regional dining experiences

Discover a regional foodie adventure in your backyard!
17 Oct 2020
Tiana Templeman, Freelance travel journalist

The Ipswich region is well known for its beautiful historic buildings and rural scenery but did you know there are also some fabulous regional foodie experiences to discover? 

Summer Land Camels

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Visit Australia’s largest camel farm and sample award-winning camel milk, camel milk cheeses and camel milk gelato. You can also meet and feed the friendly camels at this picturesque farm.

Little Mode Cupcakery

Little Mode Cupcakery

With flavours including pink lemonade, banana caramel, iced VoVo, and dark chocolate, your biggest challenge at this artisan cupcake shop is choosing what to buy. Large and mini sizes are available, with discounts for multiple cupcakes.

Homage

Homage Barcoo Grunter

Chef Ash Martin sources ingredients from the surrounding region and honey, fruit, herbs and vegetables from the Homage market garden to create dishes at this two-hatted restaurant which is located at Spicers Hidden Vale at Grandchester.

Ballistic Brewery

Ballistic Petite Steak

Chill out with a local beer at Ballistic Brewery, a family-friendly brewery at Springfield, with choices including Froth Lord, Fruit Bat Mango Session Ale, and the trophy winning Oaked XPA. Pair your brew with popcorn chicken or a Ballistic Royal burger at the on-site restaurant.

Ungermann Brothers

Ungermann Brothers Ipswich Lavender and Honeycomb Ice Cream

Sample flavours such as Dutch spice, fairy bread, blue cheese and fig, and carrot cake at this funky gourmet ice-cream shop which uses ingredients from the surrounding area.

Dovetails

Scallops at Dovetails

Superb cuisine, an excellent wine list and friendly, experienced waitstaff come together to create a memorable dining experience at Dovetails. Chef Shannon Ellison’s passion for cooking with Australian native ingredients such as lemon myrtle, crocodile and bush tomato is a highlight. 

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes picnic pack

You’ll find more than 1,200 trees and three different varieties of olives, plus a shop selling delicious olive products, lime cordial, chutneys and jams at this Pine Mountain olive and Tahitian lime farm.

The Cottage Restaurant

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The Cottage Restaurant was built in 1861 with the building’s original bedrooms now serving as intimate dining spaces. Order a la carte or treat yourself to the signature seven-course degustation menu, with or without wine matching.

Pumpyard Bar

Pumpyard yummies

With a kitchen helmed by Shawn Breen from Brooklyn, New York, this is the place to come for classic American ‘dude food’ like chili cheese dogs and bacon cheeseburger pizzas. Meals can be paired with a frosty beverage from the 4 Hearts Brewery next door.

Fourthchild Café and Restaurant

Fourthchild Cafe Restaurant

Everything is made on-site at this charming local favourite which dishes up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Highlights include smashed avocado and poached eggs with dukkah and a classic Surf n’ Turf topped with white wine crème and garlic prawns.

Tiana Templeman Freelance travel journalist
Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning freelance travel journalist, editor of The Travel Temple and appears regularly on ABC Queensland talking about where to visit, what to see and travel industry trends. Find out more at www.thetraveltemple.com.au

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