Celebrate Australia Day 2020 in Ipswich with these top events

Find something to do for Australia Day 2020 with this list of cool ideas including ways to give back to bush fire victims.
09 Jan 2020
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Whether it’s great music you’re after or Australian games like lamington and pie eating competitions, there’s plenty on this Australia Day around the Heritage City – including a BBQ competition…  Checkout what’s on for Australia Day 2020 in Ipswich.

Fire victims fundraiser at Bakehouse Steakhouse

Bakehouse Steakhouse

The owners of Bakehouse Steakhouse will donate 100% of sales during an Australia Day lunch, to charity supporting bush fire victims. 

Bakehouse Steakhouse’s owner Nick Stevenson said his brother Alistair lost everything in the floods and the family wanted to give back in this time of fire crisis. 

All sales from food and drink from 11.30am – 2.30pm on January 26 will be donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

“Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the bushfires that have devastated so much of Australia.  The impact on our loved wildlife, our beautiful countryside and many families, has been nothing short of heartbreaking,” Mr Stevenson posted to Facebook. 

Bakehouse Steakhouse will also be raising money through a raffle which includes sports memorabilia as prizes, tickets will be drawn on Australia Day. 

Suppliers Lion Beer and Stanbroke will be donating product to support the day. 

Bookings essential.

Sip and Paint fundraising event

The Coffee Club at Orion Springfield Central are helping to raise money for bushfire affected animals on Australia Day.

Sip ‘n’ Dip Ipswich will be running the class, cost is $50 and includes a $10 donation to ARC as well as high tea and all materials for painting.  

The fundraising event will be held on Sunday January 26 from 3pm-6pm.

Amateur BBQ competition and family fun day

BBQ chicken

The first Springfield Amateur BBQ Competition and Family Fun day will be held at BLVD restaurant in the Springfield Lakes Hotel.

The competition is open to all grill masters and weekend BBQ warriors!  The competition categories include kids burger master, adult burger master, chicken and pork ribs.

On the day there will be a live band playing classic covers from the 70s, 80s and 90s from 1pm – 5pm. 

And BLVD will be serving their house-made award-winning food as well as street food. There will also be beer, wine and whiskey tasting. 

Free movies by the pool from 6.30pm (tickets needed), kids games and fun themed competitions.

The event is free entry, held on January 26 from 11am – 9pm.

Music and games at the Racehorse Hotel

Hoodoo Gurus

The Racehorse Hotel are celebrating the entire Australia Day weekend with music and games.

See the iconic Aussie band the Hoodoo Gurus live on Saturday January 25.

Then on January 26 enjoy classic Aussie music, have a go at the dunk tank, thong tossing, tug ‘o’ war, a lamington eating competition, free pool and meat raffles.

There will also be a kids colouring competition and $5 kids meals on the Aussie inspired menu.

Meat pie eating competition

meat pie

Club Services Ipswich will be holding a Family Fun Day for all ages in their car park.

There will be plenty of free activities for the kids including a jumping castle, face painter and a petting zoo.

Tuck into a pie eating comp, food stalls and two pop-up bars.  Listen to live band Grunt Rock Trio.  Enjoy from 11am – 4pm.

Aussie Idol and Aussie rock

Dan England

There will be nothing but classic Aussie rock music with Strewth Mate performing at Brothers on Saturday January 25 from 8.30pm in the lounge. 

And on the same night Australian Idol contestant Dan England and his band will play from 8.30pm in the sports bar.

On Australia Day Kevin Smith will perform from 2pm in the lounge.

There will be Aussie beef pies with mash and gravy for $15 with $1 from each dish donated to the fire appeal on Friday January 24 through to Monday January 27.

And $1 from every Schooner of Iron Jack Crisp will be donated during the same period.

Get in for Aussie tucker including coffee and a lamington for $8.50; lamb chops, bangers, chips and salad for $20; and barra burgers for $20.

Ungermanns to bring back lamington choc tops

Lamington ice cream

This Australia Day Ungermann Brothers will bring back their popular lamington ice cream!  It’s their signature Vanilla Bean ice cream paired with a strawberry jam swirl, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut.

Simply put, it’s the good old Lamington that we all know and love, just in ice cream form!

But it’s only available for one day only.

Also on Australia Day one customer will win a golden ticket giving them six months of free ice cream!  

Vegemite cupcakes

Little Mode Cupcakery Vegemite cupcakes

Here’s a unique way to celebrate, tuck into a savoury vegemite cupcake thanks to Little Mode Cupcakery.

This sugar free cupcake, might not be exactly what you had in mind, but the vegemite cupcakes topped with a swirl of cream cheese are a touch of Aussie awesomeness!

Beers, bikes and bangers

Join Ballistic Springfield Brewery, Bar and Kitchen on Australia Day for a great day of beers, bikes and live music.

If you own a nice motor bike bring it down and show it off as there will be a number of groups and enthusiasts riding their pride and joy down in conjunction with The 2 Hour Circle.

There will also be kids entertainment all day – a great day out for the whole family!

Billy tea and damper

Tranquil Tea House

Celebrate this Australia Day with billy tea, damper and some marshmallows.

Tranquil Tea will be brewing the traditional tea and putting on the yummy treats from 5pm – 6.30pm in their Tivoli Garden location – 28 Greasley St.

Cost is $5 per person.  This is the first event of the year at Tranquil Tea, to book message them on Facebook or phone 0413 096 441.

Bring your Australian story to share.


Thong toss and $10 steaks!

Head over to Ipswich Jets Leagues Club this Australia Day for live entertainment, great food specials and the chance to win $1000.

Listen to Mick Evans from 2pm, take part in thong tossing competitions from midday and tuck into a $10 steak, chicken or fish meal (members only special)! 

There will also be $25 beer or food towers for sale and The Great Aussie Matchup from 7pm.


Steam train ride

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway | Ipswich

Relive the romance of steam rail on a true beauty – the PB15 448 when the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway runs a twilight picnic train on January 25.

There will be food trucks and live music!

Trains depart at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm from Bundamba Racecourse Station.

Adults cost $23, children (5-15) $12, concession $12 and a family pass (2A+3C) costs $55. 

Cars, Bikes and Brews

At 4 Hearts Brewing, Rust ‘n’ Chrome Cruisers are hosting a cars, bikes and brews event for Australia Day at 88 Limestone St.

Check out the beautifully restored cars and bikes, enjoy a locally brewed craft beer and delicious food at the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery or Dovetails

4 Hearts will also be running their first Spit Roast Sunday in the lane-way.

Free entry to the car show, which starts at 10am and runs until 2pm.



Scottish dancing and traditional food

haggis, neeps and tatties

Aussies with Scottish heritage might like to take part in the Burns Supper Ceilidh on January 25 to kick off their Australia Day long weekend.

There will be live music with a Celtic band, traditional dinner, Scottish dancing and a bar.

The traditional Burns Supper Ceilidh, celebrates the life of Rabbie Burns and includes an address to the haggis followed by live band Ishka with a dance caller for your dashing white sergeants and gay gordons – and of course the Ipswich Pipe Band live in action!

On the menu is Scotch broth, vegetable soup, Haggis Neeps and Tatties with a deliciously creamy whisky sauce, or vegetarian lasagne with pumpkin, spinach, roasted capsicum, and ricotta.

The event is being held at Llewellyn Stadium, 2A Ross Llewellyn Drive, Booval from 6pm until late.

Tickets are from $30 with kids from $15 and family passes from $85.



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.

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