School holidays: What’s on in Ipswich

Come and play and adventure in Ipswich these school holidays!
02 Apr 2019
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer


A guide to the 2018/19 summer school holidays…

There’s plenty to see, do and find around the Ipswich region these school holidays – catch a free show, go digging for treasure, check out some incredible native animals, delve into a huge pile of lego or trying your hand in the kitchen! Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Visit The Workshops Rail Museum

The Workshops Rail Museum

There’s always plenty to see at Ipswich’s heritage landmark and family-focussed attraction, The Workshops Rail Museum.  Check out the latest touring exhibitions and activations, and leave plenty of time to explore the main collection, from fully restored steam locomotives and heritage rail experiences recreated to the largest model railway of the Queensland Rail network, and a toddler play zone. A new Sciencentre has opened inside the museum.

Be dazzled by light

Girl with burst of light

Check out the interactive exhibition at Ipswich Art Gallery this school holidays. It’s all about the colourful, intriguing world of light. Step inside a giant kaleidoscope, freeze your shadow on a wall and ‘paint’ with infrared light – these are just a few of the 22 activities on offer through this rather illuminating exhibition.

In one installation, see your body projected onto a large screen then watch as you move and your hands produce stars and bubbles, and your out-sretched arms sprout wings! Playing with Light continues until April 28 2019. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family pass.

Discover new places to play!

Battye Park, Brassall

Ipswich is blessed with some impressive play areas that are well known and loved – but here’s a round-up of the lesser-known playgrounds to explore. How many can you cross off?


Visit the animals


A range of native animals can be spied in this fascinating centre, including rock wallabies, quolls, an emu, bilbies, a wombat, lace monitors and many others. The Ipswich Nature Centre is open daily during school holidays  from 9.30am to 4pm (outside school holidays it is closed on Mondays). Entry is free – but gold coin donations are gratefully accepted. While you are here, you can explore the gardens and play areas of beautiful Queens Park. There’s a café too.

Find the perfect picnic spot

Pack a picnic, grab a rug and try somewhere new – here are seven perfect spots to try around the Ipswich region.

Feed your passion for flying


Did you know Pterodactyl Helicopters offers a Junior Aviation Program? This program is designed to give boys and girls hands-on experience in preparing the helicopter – and there’s flying involved too!

Hit the trails


For bigger kids this winter, there’s two days of mountain biking competition on offer in Hidden Vale Adventure Park’s latest event. The world-class mountain biking destination – home to 130km of trails for all levels, hosts the Giant 3PLUS3 on July 6-7.  For more places to ride a bike around the Ipswich region, check out this list from Sons of Adventure.

Come and visit a farm!


Haigslea EWE Nique Hobby Farm with its band of beautiful animals – including cheeky goats, alpacas and sheep you can had feed, will be open between Christmas and New Year. You can also feed camels and sip a camel-cino at Summer Land Camel Farm, taste goats gelato and meet the kids at Naughty Little Kids  and check out the olive grove and lime orchard at Watercress Creek Olives and Limes.

For more to see and do, as well as places to eat and places to stay, go to Discover Ipswich.

Take the ultimate family adventure


Let Floating Images whisk you away on a trip your family will remember. Passengers enjoy glorious views whilst floating over the heritage city of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside.

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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