5 free things to do this weekend

Here are 5 ideas for a fun weekend without a huge price tag!
11 Jan 2021

Looking for something fun and free to do this weekend with the family. Here are 5 ideas to get you out of the house and into discovering Ipswich, 5 ideas that won’t break your budget and offer something for everyone…

Visit the Ipswich Nature Centre

Animal encounters at the Ipswich Nature Centre

See wombats, wallabies, emus, quolls and even a nocturnal bilby exhibit.

Take a walk through the rainforest bird aviary and let the little ones enjoy the barn, home to dexter the bull, lambs, and goats. Ipswich Nature Centre is open six days a week (seven during school holidays) and is located within Queens Park situated on Milford Street Ipswich.

Admission is free, however a donation of a gold coin is greatly appreciated.

Take yourself on a street art tour

Ipswich Central Street Art Trail | by Micky Hora

If you love searching laneways and backs of buildings for street art, you’re going to love exploring Ipswich Central.

The area is now home to over 10 amazing art works from some of Australia’s best street artists.

You can find where these pieces are located here and here.

Explore the Ipswich Antique Centre

Ipswich Antique Centre

Browsing doesn’t cost a cent and that’s exactly what you’re welcomed to do at the Ipswich Antique Centre situated on 86 East Street, Ipswich Central.

The centre is home to an amazing collection of antiques and collectables including Australian, Country and English furniture, beds, Australian pottery, jewellery, vintage clothes, movie memorabilia plus a specialised Retro Room.

Open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Go hike White Rock – Spring Mountain

Located in the White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation estate, are a range of great adventure walks for the whole family from an easy 200-metre walk to the challenging 19-kilometre round trip trail.

The 6.5km return hike takes up to 3 hours and you can expect great views, lots of wildlife and a variety of tracks and terrain.   Check out a map of the region here.

*This Estate remains sacred to the Traditional Owners of Ipswich.  Some of the Cultural Landscapes within this estate include White Rock, the caves and outcrop overhangs.  These sacred sites are very important to the Traditional Owners as they provide a link between Country and personal identity and allow the passing on of cultural knowledge.  As per Cultural Protocol the Traditional Owners have requested no one climbs White Rock.

Keep cool at these free water parks

Orion Lagoon Photo: Lady Brisbane

Summer is just around the corner and you’ll be wanting to keep cool at anyone of these four fabulous water parks in the Ipswich region. Check out this list of top spots to keep cool for free this Summer, including Orion Lagoon, Robelle Domain, Splash ‘n’ Play at Ripley and Bob Gamble Park.

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Lady Brisbane, aka Anna McGhie, is an Instagrammer and blogger here in the sunshine state who shares her love of all things Brisbane – and the heritage city next door - through her iphone photos and blog at www.ladybrisbane.com.

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