Things to do
14 more things to do in Ipswich
Outsiders may have dismissed Ipswich as a destination to visit, but there are a tonne of great things to see and do. I’ve recently done a post on 16 amazing things to do in Ipswich but there are so many that I had to do a follow-up of 14 MORE!
1. Hike, hike, hike
If you love the great outdoors, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with all the great hiking trails around Ipswich. There are trails of varying length and difficulties situated in conservation parks and nature reserves dotted around Ipswich. A few worthy of your best boots include the White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate, Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate, Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve, Purga Nature Reserve and the Haig Street Quarry Conservation Reserve.
2. Organic Markets
Held each Saturday from 9am to 2pm, the Peak Organics at Ivory’s Rock market showcases the best fresh organic local produce. The drive itself is gorgeous. Situated at Peak Crossing, drive up Mount Flinders Rd, turn right at the Conference Centre entrance and just follow the signs to Peak Organics!
3. Dine at Homage Restaurant
Located at Spicers Hidden Vale, Homage Restaurant serves exceptional food that will have your tastebuds thanking you. Chef Ash Martin takes locally sourced fresh and seasonal produce, turning into a dining experience unlike any other. It’s a great spot to indulge in a degustation with matching wines or pop in for a lunch you won’t forget.
4. Museum Twilight Markets
Held on a Friday evening at The Workshops Rail Museum, the Museum Twilight Markets are a great way to spend an evening. Check out the huge array of handmade goods and free craft workshops then get stuck into delicious food, served up by food trucks and local vendors. There’s also live music and the chance to join a Torchlight Tour of the Museum.
5. Take a hot air balloon ride
See the world from up high with a peaceful, gentle flight in a hot air balloon. Floating Images operate the closest flights to Brisbane, making it a great spot to climb aboard and float on up. Spend an hour gently gliding above the city and country, followed by a champagne breakfast at a local restaurant.
6. Explore the Handmade Expo Markets
If you love all things fashion, arts and crafts you have to check out the Handmade Expo Markets. They’re usually held on the third Saturday of each month (sometimes the fourth, so be sure to check the website) and play host to a huge range of stalls stocked with everything from flowers, furniture, jewellery, homewares, jams and preserves, glassware, clothing and art. It’s easy to lose a few blissful hours here and come home with a car-full of handmade goodies.
7. Visit The Workshops Rail Museum
Little and big kids alike will love The Workshops Rail Museum. There are loads of things to see and do, including the largest model railway layout of Queensland, a hands-on interactive railway to play with and a carriage from the 1930s. There’s also the chance to climb aboard a genuine steam train and, once you’re done, grab a coffee at the on-site cafe at the Museum.
8. Check out the Springfield Markets
Held the first Friday of each month, from 3pm to 8pm, the Springfield Markets are a great spot to check out local artisans and grab a bite to eat. Get your hands on arts and crafts, homewares and more then treat yourself to a self-guided food tour, taking in the multicultural cuisine available at food trucks and stalls.
9. Eat at Journeys Kitchen and Bar
Treat yourself to one of the incredible milkshake towers at Journeys Kitchen and Bar. We’re talking a huge cup of insanely decadent Nutella milkshake topped with hazelnut cream, milo, real hazelnuts and even more Nutella! You may need to balance things out afterward, so stick around for breakfast or lunch and get stuck into their corn and zucchini fritters for breakfast or pulled rib roll for lunch.
10. Explore the Art Clique Studio and Gallery
This peaceful and soulful studio is run by artist and author Lyne Marshall, set among gorgeous Queensland bushland with views across Minden Valley. Lyne’s artworks convey intense emotion and a connection with the land, telling stories of her interactions with and observations of nature. You can view her original paintings, limited edition prints on paper and metal, sculptures by both Lyne and her husband Peter, hand made jewellery and Lyne’s books on the creative process all at Art Clique Studio and Gallery.
11. Go wild at paintball
If you love thrills, you should check out the country paintball spot of Tactical Ops Paintball in Calvert. Run around like crazy, shooting balls at the enemy or take part in a paintball scenario game. It’s a great way to get outdoors, get your heart-rate up and the energy levels pumping!
12. Explore Mountain Bike Trails
Mountain bike enthusiasts will love the trails on offer in Ipswich. With its huge, sprawling bushland there are plenty of trails to choose from, at varying lengths and levels of difficulty. Check out trails on offer in the White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate, Castle Hill, the Hidden Vale Adventure Park and the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail for a unique biking adventure.
13. Climb aboard a canoe
With both the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers flowing through Ipswich there are plenty of great paddling opportunities for locals and visitors. Head to the Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve for an ideal launch site. Head upstream in the clear water and find yourself feeling a million miles away from Brisbane and the rest of the world. For a bigger paddle, try the 21km journey upstream of Ipswich at Burton’s Bridge. From here, paddle with the current down to Sapling Pocket and onto Kholo Gardens, ending the journey at Kholo Bridge.
14. Visit Heisenberg Haus
You’ll find this fantastic, family-owned German restaurant serving hearty meals and fantastic beers. This is the best place to get your teeth stuck into German delights like their famous Pork Knuckle, Cheesey Spätzle with fried onion, bread dumplings, sauerkraut and even a vegetarian strudel! Of course, the beer here is where it’s at, offering German beers like Löwenbräu, Stiegl, Franziskaner and many more. A visit to Heisenberg Haus is essential!