History that’s accessible
This provincial history is evident all around the city in its character-filled original buildings; from the bigger industrial builds to the large Ipswich mansions and more modest historic homesteads.
From farm to fork fare to fine wining and dining
Dovetails is a lovely place to come for a breakfast, lunch or romantic dinner. Part of the 88 Limestone Precinct, the design of Dovetails will make an impression on you as soon as you walk in the door. Celebrating the strong red brown brick of the retired technical college, pieces of wood engraved with former students’ names have been included into the design, warming the space. The former woodworking room at the college, those warm woods are carried throughout the space, illuminated with soft golden lighting and a marble bar acting as a striking accent.
We enjoyed a long lunch at Dovetails, sharing the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly and tender jerk chicken. Looking around the room, it was easy to see how this would be a great summer spot too with 4 Heart beers on tap and an outdoor deck area ripe for a Sunday catch up session.
Whether you are staying at Spicers Hidden Vale or you simply want a unique dining experience, book a table at Homage. Homage is truly a paddock to plate restaurant. The menu is crafted with care from local seasonal produce, most of which is grown on the property itself. If you can’t decide what to order, the tasting menu is made for you. Each course is bite-sized but deliciously presented. Each plate tells a story in an immersive way; celebrating a particular ingredient and the land where it was foraged, grown or raised.
It’s an adventurer’s paradise
There are many hikes around Ipswich from beginners and families to the advanced bushwalker ready to take on challenging terrain. White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate is a picturesque place to take the kids with some gentle multi-use trails delivering you to the iconic White Rock where you’ll enjoy stunning regional views from the Mountain Ridge Lookout.
For a truly epic and more challenging hike though, head to Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate. It’s there you’ll find the Flinders Peak trail set to test the more experienced hiker. A full day turn around will take you up the rugged northwest ridge line promising breathtaking panoramic views from the famous peak.