Exploring hidden gems in Ipswich

There are still so many hidden gems that we are yet to discover....
22 Dec 2019
Rosie Luik, Model, author, influencer, entrepreneur

My family and I have lived in Ipswich, Queensland, for the last 14 years and there are still so many hidden gems that we are yet to

Sometimes our busy routines hold us back from venturing out, we fall into the trap of it’s easier to stick with what we know; sometimes we just don’t know these fantastic locations even exist.

It’s so exciting to be teaming up with Discover Ipswich to share with you some “go to places” in Ipswich.

I’m so grateful that I will get to broaden my knowledge of the area we call our home by getting out, exploring and discovering areas of Ipswich that I haven’t been to. 

From events, hikes and adventures to local cafes and boutique shops; I can’t wait to share with you these gorgeous places, that even after 14 years I didn’t even realise were here!

Rosie Luik at Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa

An extremely fortunate way to kick off my adventures this month was by being invited to experience an extremely remarkable massage from Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa.

This gorgeous, tranquil place is positioned in the city of Ipswich and has so much history within the walls of their building.

With some amazing therapies on offer from massages, beauty therapy to herbal medicine, this spa is truly amazing.

Rosie Luik at Rafter and Rose cafe

With a philosophy of embracing lifelong learning and development, they propose that tranquillity need not be found in any specific location but, with the right tools, it can be discovered within oneself, by exploring body, mind and spirit.

If you are looking to de-stress or for a great gift idea, I highly recommend Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa.

I am not usually a massage type of person and I always struggle to switch off, however I came out feeling so relaxed and fulfilled and that’s a feeling that I’d love to share.

Rosie Luik at Rafter and Rose cafe

Right down the road from Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa, tucked away in Ellenborough St, sits a cute little café called Rafter and Rose. The first thing you will notice about Rafter and Rose is the Secret Garden style laneway entry.

The outdoor area is full of beautiful greenery, upcycled furnishings which encompasses that tranquil feeling.  

Rosie Luik at Rafter and Rose cafe

While venturing inside has so many beautiful pieces and trinkets, the kids and I had a wonderful time exploring all the old books
and little treasures we could discover in the reading nook. 

With a wide variety of food and drinks, served by the genuinely friendly and helpful Rafter and Rose team, it’s the perfect place to head to after a relaxing massage or sneak a catch up with friends in.

These amazing places are worth checking out if you are in the Ipswich area.

Rosie Luik Model, author, influencer, entrepreneur
Rosie almost lost her life after giving birth for the sixth time (two of those children being the result of altruistic surrogacy), which pushed her to kickstart her modeling career in her 30’s, and not waste another moment thinking “one day” or “what if”. She now models full time for global brands like Seafolly, Ella Baché, and Britney Spears Intimate Collection, has authored four children’s books, maintains a highly engaged social media following of almost 200k and founded Mum Network in 2019. She currently resides in Queensland, Australia with her four beautiful children and loving husband. See rosieluik.com

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