8 Awesome things to do while you’re in Ipswich for CMC Rocks

We're looking forward to welcoming Australia’s friendliest and most passionate country music fans back this year!
21 Feb 2020
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer


8 Awesome Things to Do While You’re Here for CMC Rocks

Ipswich is the home of CMC Rocks QLD and we are looking forward to welcoming Australia’s friendliest and most passionate country music fans back this year!

If you have some time before the festival kicks off or you are able to linger in the City afterwards, take the opportunity to discover some of the surprising new adventures and unexpected delights that Ipswich has to offer.

We have put together this list to help you get started…

Free zoo

Take a trip out to Queens Park and visit the Ipswich Nature Centre, a free zoo in the middle of town with a cafe a few metres away.

Stop in for brekky and grab a coffee before heading through and seeing the native animals.  Don’t miss the bilbies which are part of a breeding program.

Also in Queens Park is the tranquil Japanese inspired Nerima Gardens.

Grab some brekky one of of Ipswich’s funky cafes, including Rafter and Rose, Dovetails, Dancing Bean and more.

Read this article to find the perfect breakfast spot.


Check out the quirky outlets that cater to lovers of antiques and eclectic art collectibles, or simply pick up some much needed supplies from Riverlink Shopping Centre.

Check out the Top of Town historical precinct, home to Oh JoJo! Boutique, Cute to Boot, Soul Sista Fashion and the Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa!

Funky Bars

Share a drink and some fantastic tucker with the locals at one of Ipswich’s selection of funky and quirky bars. The Pumpyard Bar and Brewery is Ipswich’s very own boutique craft beer brewer; Heisenberg Haus offers German beer house style fare, including the steins; while Tap’d has 72 craft beers on tap – the biggest selection in the southern hemisphere.

Other great restaurants to try are Fourthchild Cafe Restaurant and Lounge Bar, the chic Bakehouse Steakhouse and the The Racehorse Hotel. If you are after something lighter try The Retro Diner, Dancing Bean Cafe or Ungermann Brothers for dessert.

Head out to Springfield to check out the craft brews at Ballistic Brewery, Bar and Kitchen and sample the beer-infused items on the menu!

The Workshops Rail Museum

The Workshops Rail Museum

If you want to learn about the history of rail in Queensland then a visit to The Workshops Rail Museum should be on your list of things to do while you’re in Ipswich. This award winning museum merges the romance of yesteryear with the exciting technological breakthroughs of the present, so there really is something for everyone here. Wander around by yourself or take one of the two daily heritage tours.

Helicopter Tour

Just imagine the excitement as you lift off, with Pterodactyl Helicopters. Choose from an adrenalin-charged River Run – a low level flight winding along the Brisbane River – or a food and drink inspired experience with one of their Helicopter Winery Tours, Country Pub Crawl by Chopper or a remote picnic by The Soul Nook Collective.

V8 Race Experience

Treat yourself to the ultimate adrenalin charged thrill with Queensland Raceway’s V8 Race Experience. Get behind the wheel of a fully race-prepared V8 and tear around the same track as names like Lowndes, Winterbottom, Tander and Whincup.

Trike Tour

Ipswich trike tours

Enjoy an exhilarating motorbike experience in and around with Brisbane Trike Tours. Soak up the thrill of being a passenger on a three-wheeler as you sit back and relax as you enjoy your half hour or one hour joy ride, city sights or winery tour.

Take a Hike

No, we are not telling you to ‘get lost’… but Ipswich does have two picturesque Conservation Estates where you can lose yourself in the great outdoors. Hike to fantastic lookouts and rocky peaks while spoting an amazing array of plant and wildlife species. Take your pick from White Rock – Spring Mountain or Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estates.

Grab a Massage

Our experience with CMC Rocks is that it is a full-on weekend. What better way to prepare, and recover, is there than an indulgent spa treatment or massage. Ipswich has some great options for this – they even have couples treatment rooms. Take your pick of Ipswich Massage & Herbal Spa and Urban Day Spa.

Hot Air Balloon Flight

Experience the adventure of a scenic Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight with breath-taking views over the historic City of Ipswich, beautiful countryside and the mountains of the Scenic Rim. The experience includes a one hour flight followed by a restaurant breakfast. They’ll even pick you up from the CMC Rocks camping area for your flight.

Looking for something different or want to more. Contact our friendly team at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre. They are always willing to assist with enquiries on things to see and do, places to eat and stay in Ipswich.

Stay up-to-date on what there is to see and do in and around Ipswich by subscribing to our Newsletter.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

Things to do

View more things to do

Tell your story

Got something special you’d love to see highlighted via Discover Ipswich? A new attraction, perhaps, or a restaurant or a venture that people are travelling for? Share your story with us so we can share it to the world!

Send Email