How to have a blast all weekend for $50

Ok so you're keen for a weekend away and don't want to splash a lot of cash...Here's how to enjoy a weekend away for $50!
14 Oct 2020
Josh Kerr, Ipswich Trekker

An entire weekend jampacked with goodness for under $50?

They said it that it couldn’t be done…. neigh, that it was impossible!

My friends… they were wrong.

Here’s the drop on your 5 star budget weekender, right here in The Switch!

Summer Land Camels

Summer Land Camels

Coffee n’ Camels. Caffeine n’ cactus cows. Cappuccinos n’ Cud.

Whichever way you slice it, there’s never been a better pair to kick it off on a Saturday morning than a 700kg desert brumby and a warm cup of joe. Grab yourself a camelchino, feed some chow to a sand stallion and do it all for under 10 bucks at Summer Land Camels.

For a coffee with a difference, this one’s my first pick.

Queens Park self guided tour

Queens Park

The day’s a rolling on and that coffee’s gotcha buzzing… Why not put that newly found attention span to good use with a self guided tour of Queens Park!

It’s as simple as hopping on the website, playing the tour audio and following along. And the best part is… there’s no price tag on this one so you can slip those precious, precious dollary doo’s back in the bumbag for the next item on this list.

Click here for details.


Shopping at the markets

Who doesn’t love a good market? If you’re anything like me it’s much more about soaking up the atmosphere, investigating each stall and having a good ol’ browse, than it is buying up the joint.

Well, with Ipswich being the home to a range of different markets, you can do exactly that and keep this cheap weekend in check!

Tivoli Drive In

Tivoli Markets

The evening is upon us and your typical movie scene is both a bit on the pricey side and far too mundane for this oh so special weekend… So how’s about a movie experience with a difference?

How about a night at the Drive In! At just $10 per car for TWO movies and food delivered to your door, this one’s hard to beat. And for something you can do in your pj’s, it really does take the cake

The Soul Nook Collective

The Soul Nook Collective

Back on the coffee rounds, this one’s a little shot of goodness that you won’t want to miss. The Soul Nook Collective provides an organic, boutique coffee experience within the confines of an old church in Marburg. Swing by for a hit of that premium, wakey wakey good stuff and have a squiz at the shop while you’re there. The ladies at Soul Nook might even give Camel Latte’s a run for their money!

Ipswich Art Gallery

Another freebie that’s an absolutely marvellous addition to our 5 star weekend entertainment endeavour.

Peruse a collection of contemporary and 19th century art works as well as installations from Ipswich’s early heritage days at the Ipswich Art Gallery. It’s a no brainer.

Hardings Paddock

Hardings Paddock camp Ipswich

After jamming all this stuff into the weekend, you might be thinking “that’s all good and well… but what about a place to stay?”  And to those people I say: “Good Sir! We have nothing less than the finest in paddock accommodation for all your sleeping needs!” 

Camp out, cook up a storm and go for an early morning bushwalk at Hardings Paddock and all for the low low price of $13 a site.

Now I do believe that if we add it all up, we’ve got ourselves a complete weekend of exploring, hanging out, coffees, entertainment, camping and culture for $50 or less. I should know, I consider this my specialty. Just bring some snags to cook for dinner while camping and a picnic for lunch!

Josh Kerr Ipswich Trekker
Josh ‘The Bear’ Kerr, is an Ipswich local, hiker, tour guide, photographer, fitness instructor and most recently, Ipswich’s Google Trekker. Having grown up in the area since age 7 and quickly becoming involved in the outdoor scene, he would eventually put these skills to good use trekking almost all of Ipswich and its surrounds for Google Maps. What would ensue, is some of the most comprehensive mapping of any city in the southern hemisphere, from our historic streets and suburbs to our most rugged mountain peaks. “After 8 grueling months and over 3 million steps, Ipswich is finally on the map!”

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