The Ekka is back this year in Brisbane, and the public holiday is being held on Wednesday August 11.
If you’ll be in Ipswich and have the day off or just want some less crowded options we’ve got you covered.
Visit an animal nursery at Haigslea…
At the Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm get up close to a range of friendly farm animals including alpacas, goat and chickens.
Ewe Nique Hobby Farm are celebrating the Ekka and opening on Wednesday August 11 with fairly floss, showbags and strawberry sundaes for sale!
There will be three sessions on the day you can book into and the farm is also open for bookings on weekends.
The sheep are also currently lambing so there’s plenty of babies running around too.
Pro tip: Order a cuppa and slice of cake from the on-site cafe, sit back and let the kids use up their energy petting and feeding the animals!
Indulge in a strawberries and cream sundae or ice cream
Get on down to Ipswich’s favourite ice creamery at 88 Limestone St to tuck into some special strawberry and cream sundaes that the ice cream chef has whipped up!
Ungermann Brothers will have strawberry sundaes made with Dutch shortbread, homemade strawberry sauce, strawberries and cream ice cream and fresh cream and fresh strawberries. They are also selling cones (main image) with fresh strawberries, strawberries and cream ice cream and fresh cream on top.
The sundaes will be available from Saturday August 7 until Sunday August 15.
Sample some local produce
Head out to Watercress Creek Olives and Limes to taste test the local infused olive oils, tapenades, jams and olive products they produce on site.
You can even grab a picnic pack to enjoy in the olive grove with fresh tapenade, olive oil and dukkha, Turkish bread and olives.
Wander through the olive trees and find a shady spot to sit and enjoy the produce.
Book a picnic spot or if you’re not staying pick up some free limes with your farmgate purchases.
Open every day of the Ekka from 10am-3pm except Thursday August 12.
Taste some local gin
Imbibis Craft Distillery will be at the Ekka this year, but they will still be open for tastings of their award-winning gin and shiraz brandy at the distillery on Saturday August 7, Wednesday August 11 and Saturday August 14.
Take one off the bucket list
If you’ve been wanting to try hot air ballooning for a while, why not take it off the bucket list this Ekka public holiday?
Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights is open and ready to make your dream a reality.
The one hour flight takes you over the Ipswich countryside at sunrise before bringing you back down for a hearty breakfast at Fourthchild Cafe.
They are flying over the whole Ekka week from Friday August 6 to Sunday August 15. It is a great experience for family and friends, numbers are capped at 10 in the balloon.
Have some rail fun with the kids
It’s business as usual at The Workshops Rail Museum on Ekka Wednesday. The museum will be open from 9.30am – 4pm. The kids will love seeing the model trains, having a go at the simulator and playing in the Sciencentre!
Saturday August 14 they launch Ipswich in Miniature see amazing model buildings painstakingly created by Ipswich mini crafters and historical images of what the city used to look like. This exhibition runs until October 17.
Get the kids a $5 meal at CSI
Club Services Ipswich are offering a great deal for families with kids meals for $5 between August 6 and 15!
Order a strawberry sundae at Raw Energy
Raw Energy Springfield are offering a luscious strawberry milkshake topped with chopped strawberries, ice-cream and whipped cream as an Ekka special for the entire month of August!
Feed the camels
Summer Land Camels will be open on the Ekka public holiday from 9am-3pm. Feed the camels for $2 a bag, enjoy lunch at the cafe and browse the shop for products made with the farm’s camel milk. A tour and taste farm tour will be running as well as camel rides!
Enjoy some great dining at Ipswich restaurants
Memories of India will be open on the Ekka holiday. The restaurant is also doing their $10 takeaway and $12 dining lunch specials and a $54.99 takeaway meal deal (feeds four people).
In fact since there’s no public holiday in Ipswich all our restaurants and cafes will be open as usual!
Drive to the country
Spend the night at a farm stay close by, meet the resident chickens and horses at Tallavalley Farm B&B.
Head to the Ipswich Nature Centre to spot some cute Australian wildlife and farm yard animals.
Jump in the car for a drive to Harrisville to see the Summer Land Camel Farm and sample award-winning camel milk products.
And do a tour at Naughty Little Kids goat farm where you can taste their goat cheese and gelato.
Calling adventure seekers
Explore over 100km of hiking and biking trails at the Hidden Vale Adventure Park.
There are bikes for hire and a shuttle service to help you get further into the property.
The park is located at Grandchester next door to Spicers Hidden Vale. You can even book a luxury weekend away here, in a cabin with an outdoor spa and tuck into a paddock to plate meal at the onsite chef hat-winning Homage Restaurant.
Make sure you stop in at Kaysuelle Fashions at Rosewood on your way through for a spot of shopping.
Take 15% off a stay at Quest Ipswich
Quest Ipswich is offering an Ekka accommodation deal for the week. From August 9-15 get 15% off your stay by quoting “Ekka” when calling or making an enquiry via email.