Romance and Indulgence
How to spend an amazing getaway in Ipswich
It can be really hard to find the time to steal away from work and daily life, to get a much needed break. Sometimes a weekend escape is exactly what you need, to get away from the day-to-day, refresh, recharge and relax.
If you tend to find yourself visiting the same staycation spots in Brisbane or the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, it could be time to find a new staycation spot for your next weekend getaway. To inspire your next escape, here’s a look at how to spend an unforgettable weekend in beautiful Ipswich.
8:00am – Jump in the car and get on the road to Ipswich. It should only take 45 minutes from the heart of Brisbane or 1 hour 15 minutes from the Gold Coast. Stop along the way to grab a coffee for the drive.
9:00am – Head directly to the Peak Organics at Ivory’s Rock, held each Saturday from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Snack on fresh organic fruit for breakfast. Stock up on any fruit and veg that will last the weekend to take home. The organic produce is grown on site at Peak Crossing and from certified suppliers of goods and wholefoods.
11:00am – Visit some of the fantastic local op-shops around town and scoop up bargains on vintage clothing, arts and crafts, homewares and more. Check out the Lifeline Superstore East Ipswich, Salvos Ipswich Family Store, Ipswich Red Cross, Lifeline Shop North Ipswich and AWLQ Ipswich (189 Brisbane Street).
12:30pm – Get lunch at Pumpyard Bar and Brewery. Sample some of the flavoursome, unique beers brewed on-site and sink your teeth into a delicious lunch. Try their fantastic burgers and salads.
2:00pm – Walk or drive the short distance to the Ipswich Antique Centre, just around the corner. Explore the huge range of historical bits and pieces on offer in the gorgeous, Heritage Listed building. Don’t forget to peep the amazing fashions upstairs.
2:30pm – It’ll take you 15 minutes to drive from the heart of Ipswich to Ironbark Ridge Vineyard for a wine tasting. Relax as you sample fabulous wines, taking in the stunning views of the vineyard and mountains.
3:45pm – Time to head out to Spicers Hidden Vale and check-in to your luxury retreat. Soak in the fresh air, spot wallabies feeding in the grass and feel yourself relax in this peaceful, tranquil setting, nestled among the Australian bush. Retreat to your room and relax, take a stroll or visit the spa.
6:30pm – Head to on-site restaurant, Homage, for an unforgettable dinner. Indulge in the sensational tasting menu, to try mouth-watering, beautiful meals prepared using the freshest local, seasonal produce.
9:00pm – Grab a night-cap at the bar then head back to your room for a fantastic night’s sleep.
9:30am – Treat yourself to a Sunday morning sleep-in, then slowly crawl out of bed and down to the restaurant for a gorgeous, nourishing breakfast and fantastic coffee at Hidden Vale.
11:00am – Work up a mighty pre-lunch hunger by visiting one of the great hiking trails around Ipswich, a great opportunity to soak in some more fresh air and sunshine. Try the Mt Blaine Hiking track, a 2.5km return trip that should take an hour to complete. You’ll wind through Spotted Gum and Ironbark Forests, keeping an eye out for koalas and wallabies, spotting views of the Great Dividing Range.
12:30pm – Treat yourself to lunch at Nourish Real Food Cafe. Get stuck into the fresh and delicious food and coffee on offer, including gourmet salads, sandwiches, burgers and guilt-free sweet treats. For a naughty afternoon treat, duck over to Deann’s Coffee House for a nutella cappuccino.
2:00pm – Stop in at Watercress Creek Olives and Limes, immersing yourself in the beauty of the 1,200 olive trees and 400 Tahitian lime trees on-site. Stock up on olives by the kilo, bottles of olive oil, salad dressing, balsamic glaze and lime cordial.
2:45pm – Hit the road and head back home feeling refreshed, recharged and energised, ready to tackle a new week with a fresh mind and new energy.