Here’s 15 reasons to head to Ipswich over the Easter break, from kids activities to action and adventure there’s something for everyone.
1.See the animals
The Ipswich Nature Centre in Ipswich’s historical Queens Park offers a magical opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife. Stroll through shady walkways and enjoy the cute residents such as wombats, wallabies, emus, quolls, and a nocturnal bilby exhibit. A vibrant rainforest bird aviary is alive with colour and sound, and youngsters will have a ball in the barn which has calves, lambs, pigs and guinea pigs.
Open six days a week and near the Japanese Nerima Gardens within Queens Park, the Ipswich Nature Centre is perfect family-friendly fun. Open seven days a week during School holidays.
2. Go Easter egg hunting
Here’s something different for the kids at Summer Land Camels farms. On April 17 they are holding a Little Humpty Children’s Day, where there will be an Easter egg hunt, farm tours, camel rides, camel milk chocolate and Easter camel craft. Camel cuddles, face painting and story time. The day is being divided into two sessions in the Morning from 9am-noon and from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
3. Easter themed kids activities
There will be family fun and Easter themed activities at Woodlands of Marburg on Easter Sunday. The Tommy Smith Café will be open for mums and dads with coffee and snacks and an exciting easter egg hunt for the kids including a jumping castle and face painting.
4. Easter Bonnet Parade and craft
Mrs Claus and Santa are hosting an Easter Bonnet Parade at the Top of Town on Easter Saturday (April 20) at 11am. Bring or make your own hats before the parade, egg painting as well. The Easter Bunny will be around to give out some treats.
The Retro Diner in the Top of Town is holding kids craft workshops. Kids can make face masks, Easter baskets and colour in on Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21 from 11am.
5. Chocolate massage
Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa are offering a special chocolate massage for clients over Easter. The massage uses rich cocoa and a signature oil blend to moisturise and firm skin, leaving you feeling and smelling good enough to eat. A chocolate massage is also good for you, since dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants it can boost the cardiovascular system, just the smell of it can boost your mood. The massage can be booked until April 23.
The one hour massage costs $88.
6. Get your need for speed
Super Thunder will roar into life at Willowbank Raceway on April 19. See the fastest drivers in drag racing over 500km/h plus free kids entertainment. The 400 Thunder Pro Series and 400 Thunder Sportsman Round are national competitions. Super Thunder, presented by Titan Cranes and Uplift Cranes includes Top Bike, Pro Alcohol, Pro Stock and 400 Thunder Sportsman action. Witness an action-packed night of Nitro Burning Bike and Dragster action. Plus Australia’s most competitive Sportsman Racers in Super Stock, Supercharged Outlaws, Super Sedan, Modified Bike, Pro Radial, Junior Dragster and Super Gas will compete to earn more points toward their championship campaigns.
7. Easter Races
This Easter the Marburg Pacing Association is holding Easter Races on Sunday April 21. Gates open at 11am with racing starting at noon. There will be kids activities and the Easter bunny will hop in for a visit. Entry is $5, held at the Marburg Showgrounds.
8. Get Smart
The Workshops Rail Museum is open every day over the Easter holidays except for Good Friday. Unleash your inner scientist at the new Sciencentre display. There’s over 20 interactive stations for the kids to explore and learn from.
9. Play with Light
Check out the interactive exhibition Playing with Light at Ipswich Art Gallery. It’s all about the colourful, intriguing world of light. Step inside a giant kaleidoscope, freeze your shadow on a wall and ‘paint’ with infrared light – these are just a few of the 22 activities on offer through this rather illuminating exhibition. Playing with Light continues until April 28. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family pass.
10. Cuddle some animals
At the Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm you can get up close and even feed alpacas, sheep and goats, or perhaps get some pictures of the wandering chooks. Have a coffee while the kids are entertained. Cost of $5 entry for everyone. Open April 6-27 9am-2pm – closed Sundays, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
Naughty Little Kids run farm tours every Sunday from their Peak Crossing goat dairy. On a tour you can pat and feed a baby goat, milk a goat and watch a cheese making demonstration. You can also taste the goat gelato and cheese. Tours go for just over an hour and are held at 1.05pm, 2.15pm and 3.25pm. Prices for adults are $15, child $5.
11. Jump around
Australia’s biggest inflatable fun park is coming to Ipswich. The Inflatable Factory will pop-up at Orion Springfield Central on the corner of Southern Cross Circuit and Sirius Drive these school holidays. It will be open 9am to 4pm daily from 8 April to 22 April. Whether you want to be a human hamster on the Zorb Ball Ramp, dare to fly on the giant 12m high Superman Slide or take on the Zongo Bongo Mechanical Wipeout Ride, the park has you covered. There will also be a 20m long obstacle course, Bubble Soccer arena and mechanical bull. Two hours of unlimited access for people aged five and over (including adults) costing $19. Two hours access for children aged four and under costs $9.
A free pop-up roller skating event will go live at Riverlink on Monday April 8 until Sunday April 21 (excluding Good Friday). Get your skates on from 10am – 3pm at the Gasometer, outside Baskin Robbins. Skates are available in a children’s size 9 to an adult size 13 also at no cost. No bookings are required. Also don’t miss fire on the river here from 7pm on April 12.
13. Pick up a bargain
Grab some last minute Easter gifts at the Springfield Markets on Main St and the Ipswich Showplace Markets, both held on April 21. The Markets on Main St are a great family friendly venue as they are held right near the Orion Lagoon. They include arts and craft, local produce, food and music from 9am-4pm. The Ipswich Showplace Markets are also on, plenty of stalls selling everything from kids toys, books, art and craft, hardware and produce. The Ipswich Showplace Markets are held every Sunday at Ipswich Showgrounds from 6am-11.30am and entry is a coin donation.
14. See Ipswich by air
Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights will be open over the Easter and Anzac period. It’s a great time of year to fly in Autumn with crisp air. Get a birds eye view of the Ipswich region in all its glory after the recent rain.
Pterodactyl Helicopters also run programs over the holiday period and are a great way to see Ipswich. Choose from adrenaline-charged tours or combine your trip with a wine tour.
15. Easter drift session
Come drift your car at Queensland Raceways on Good Friday, April 19. Two tracks will run as well as a wet skid pan. Cost is $20 per person at the gate, $60 to use the skid pan or $100 to use the track and skid pan. Clubman RACERS Licence is needed to enter. Strictly open to the first 110 drivers. Gates open at 4:30pm, first briefing at 5:30pm and on track from 6pm-10pm. Passengers are welcome.
It doesn’t quite make the cut off for school holidays, but would make for an awesome Easter gift for the man in your life. The next V8 race experience is set to take off at Queensland Raceway on April 27. Experience the thrill of a lifetime driving a Holden or Ford V8 Race Car around the infamous Queensland Raceway in Willowbank. Prices start at $199.