Who’s open for some family fun…

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained? Check out these fun family-friendly ideas...
11 Jun 2020
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

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.  

The Llama Farm

Check out the Ipswich Nature Centre, with native Australian animals and some friendly farm animals.

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 or the Marburg Pub for lunch.

Then head to 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.

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm

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.

If you’re after something more low key, pack a picnic and enjoy in beautiful Queens Park, on the green lawns at Kholo Gardens or by the river at Colleges Crossing.

Get busy exploring history and heritage

The Workshops Rail Museum

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.  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.

The Ipswich Art Gallery and the Children’s Gallery space is open from June 12 for pre-booked visits Monday to Friday.

And get creative with kids art classes thanks to Sip ‘n’ Dip Ipswich and Jules Art studio in Dinmore  – which is offering special re-opening deals on art purchased in June.  

For more things to do visit our tours page.

Family friendly places to stay

Book an overnight stay with Quest Ipswich and enjoy a complimentary upgrade, early check in and early check out upon availability.

Spicers Hidden Vale are inviting you to take a Midweekend!  There’s something special about a sleep in… a late breakfast… an afternoon nap on the couch. And it’s even better when you’re supposed to be at work. So don’t set your alarm, ignore that text from the boss and relax. The weekend starts on Wednesday with the Spicers Midweekend.

Quest Springfield are offering a 20% discount with a two night weekend stay.

Springfield Lakes Hotel are offering a reduced rate of $199 per night, locals can take another $15 off when booking direct.

Head to the Oaks Ipswich Aspire Suites website to view their special rates.

For more places to stay see our accommodation page.

While you’re in town here’s where you can grab some yummy takeaway and where you can dine in.

  • Opening times will vary with Covid-19 restrictions, please contact operators to discuss operating hours.
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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