Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained? Check out these fun family-friendly ideas from animal encounters to stunning parks, escape rooms and more, only 30 minutes from Brisbane…
Take a drive or flight out to the country
Book a Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight and float majestically over the Ipswich countryside. Bookings are being taken for family groups and individuals with up to eight allowed in the balloon and the first flights will commence on June 16!
Get up close to llamas at The Llama Farm in Pine Mountain from June 13, take one for a walk or book into one of their Little Llama Farmer school holiday programs.
You can feed and pet a range of cute animals at the Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm. Grab a coffee or morning tea while you’re there and see some of the 20 newborn lambs they’re expecting this season. They’re re-opening June 13!
Check out Animal Encounters at the Ipswich Nature Centre, with native Australian animals and some friendly farm animals. You can book in for the school holidays.
Head over to the Summer Land Camel Farm to see the friendly camels, you can even book a camel ride while you’re there and pick up some camel milk produce.
Take a drive out to the country town of Marburg. Stop in at Woodlands of Marburg for a historic mansion tour and lunch package or book a picnic on the sprawling manicured lawns.
Then stop by The Soul Nook Collective a new eclectic shop set inside an old church. Don’t miss Scotland Yard Antiques, The Black Museum and Special Branch Collective coffee shop while you’re in town.
Keep driving a little further to Tallavalley Farm B&B for the night, it’s a farm stay where you can meet the resident cows and chooks and dogs are welcome!
Another farm stay option is available in Mutdapilly – Keira Farm is a working cattle and sheep farm with a two bedroom cottage available for rent and ample space. The drawcard is an outdoor spa and plenty of wildlife.
Explore over 100km of hiking and biking trails at Hidden Vale Adventure Park. The park is located at Grandchester right near Spicers Hidden Vale. There are bikes for hire and a shuttle service to help you get out further into the property.
Get busy exploring history and heritage
The Workshops Rail Museum is perfect for family adventures! The museum is located at the birthplace of rail in Queensland and while there’s a lot of history on offer, there’s also a Sciencentre with plenty of exhibits for busy hands and minds to tackle. They’re open on June 13 for annual pass holders and June 15 for the general public.
There’s also an onsite café with great coffee and good food.
Or you could take a self-guided walk down the Top of Town to see many beautifully preserved heritage buildings that are now home to restaurants and boutique shops.
There’s also heritage trails featuring the many churches in Ipswich and historic buildings! Pick up a brochure from the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre.
Other things to do…
The Christmas themed room at Seraphim Escape Rooms is perfect for kids. This non-threatening escape room is great for a family adventure. They also have two scary rooms available, for older kids and horror fans. They’re re-opening June 13!
Take in a movie at Limelight Cinemas which is open for private bookings up to 20 people.
The Ipswich Art Gallery and the Children’s Gallery space is open from June 12 for pre-booked visits Monday to Friday.
Family friendly places to stay
Make the fun last longer with an overnight stay at Quest Ipswich, bookings are being taken now. Enjoy a complimentary upgrade, early check in (12pm) and late check out (12pm).
Spicers Hidden Vale is taking bookings for their Birthversary deal which includes a two night stay for two, breakfast, meals at Homage restaurant, Wildlife centre tour and two hour bike hire at Hidden Vale Adventure Park for $1178 for two people.
Quest Springfield are offering a 20% discount with two night minimum stays.
Springfield Lakes Hotel are offering a reduced rate of $199 per night.
Oaks Ipswich Aspire Suites have special discount deals on their website, including a 30% Together Again offer for bookings until July 15 for stays until March 31.