Things to do
Beat the heat in Ipswich
There is no doubt about it, it can get pretty hot in Ipswich over the summer months and beyond, so it is great to know there are plenty of places to cool down around town. Best of all, most of them are free too!
Water Play Parks & Playgrounds
Ipswich has some incredible playgrounds and parks and many of these also have water areas, which are perfect for safe water play for children. Designed with fun in mind, cooling off is easy to do! Robelle Domain has a large water play area complete with a huge tipping bucket, sprays and water jets.
There is plenty of space to enjoy the water, as well as the surrounding playground areas and parklands, ideal for a day out with the family. Bring your picnic rug and set up under a shady tree, or enjoy the breeze along the treetop walk.
One of the newest parks in Ipswich, Ripley Splash’N’Play appeals to everyone. There are water streams, jets and sprinkles in two large side-by-side aquatic themed areas. One perfect for the younger kids to dip their toes in and run through the small jets, and the other will appeal especially to older children… or adults, with large sprinkler features and timed jets. There is also a modern playground, plus a bar and restaurant for the adults who just want to sit back and relax instead.
Located alongside the Brisbane River, Bob Gamble Park has a great water play area with a shallow stream area where kids can have fun changing the direction of the water flow, water pumps, plus a main water play area featuring sprays and jets which will definitely help you cool down in summer. Like the other parks mentioned, Bob Gamble Park also has a multiple playground areas to suit different ages, as well as picnic and BBQ facilities.
Public Swimming Pools
On a hot day, there is nothing better than having a swim and luckily there are a few options in for swimming pools in Ipswich! Situated between Robelle Domain and Orion Shopping Centre is the Orion Lagoon, a recently constructed outdoor swimming pool which is free for public use. Orion Lagoon incorporates several interconnected swimming pool areas, including a shallow wading area for younger visitors. There is a lifeguard on duty between set hours each day and plenty of cafes and food options too.
Bundamba Swim Centre is a council owned swim centre with a wide range of facilities, including a 50m Olympic style pool and a heated 25m pool. There are also small wading pools and kid zones to cater to kids. They have a wide range of services and facilities on offer, including swimming lessons, fitness and more. There are costs associated with the use of the pools and facilities, however these are very affordable. You can find out more here.
Outdoor Recreation Areas
An ideal location to keep cool by the Brisbane River. Colleges Crossing is an expansive recreation area with picnic and BBQ facilities, Colleges by the River café, playground, plus a boat ramp. The area is popular for fishing and kayaking, or simply to enjoy the cool river breeze in the shade on a hot day.
Enjoy getting close to nature when you find yourself a shady spot in Kholo Gardens and the tranquillity of the pond and waterfall. Alongside the Brisbane River means you can take a break from the extensive bushwalks and go kayaking on the river.
Sometimes keeping cool during the warmer months means staying away from the outdoors completely, instead choosing a cool indoor alternative, in the comfort of air conditioning. Ipswich has plenty of indoor activities to keep cool during summer. There are several cinemas in the Ipswich area, many of which with competitive ticket pricing, and all the latest movie releases.
The Ipswich Art Gallery is a cool indoor break from the heat, and a chance to check out some unique works of art and seasonal exhibits. They even cater for the younger visitors in their upstairs children’s gallery. The Ipswich Civic Centre is the city’s hub for entertainment and it has a regular schedule of shows, performances, music and more throughout the year. Keep out of the heat by being entertained in air-conditioned comfort.