Spend this year’s Ekka long weekend, Friday August 14, Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16 enjoying a break in the Heritage City!
The announcement that the holiday, which is usually on a Wednesday, was moving to Friday to create a long weekend has been welcomed by Ipswich tourism operators. Read on to find out how you can get a taste of the Ekka here in Ipswich!
Live music at The Soul Nook
Kick off the Brisbane Ekka long weekend with a visit to The Soul Nook Collective!
Famous for their boho styled picnics, the eclectic Marburg shop is pulling out all the stops for the Ekka long weekend, including live music by talented local artist Virjilla Joyce and the BrisVegans food truck on site from 11am-2pm on Friday August 14.
There will also be an aroma diffuser crystal bracelet making workshop at 10am, a kids tile art class from 11am and an adults paint class at 12pm.
The shop will also be open, a cupcake stall will be onsite selling delicious cakes and organic coffee will be available.
See the Llamas at home
You don’t have to miss out on seeing the Ekka llamas either, they live in Ipswich.
See them in their own backyard at The Llama Farm in Pine Mountain during a weekend farm tour.
Tours start at 9am, Llama walks are also available at 3pm in the afternoons.
Strawberries and cream sundaes
Just because the Ekka isn’t on doesn’t mean you will miss out on the Ungermann Brothers stand.
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! The ice cream parlour also has a new dessert menu out…
The sundaes will be available for the entire 10 days that the Ekka would have been running August 7-16.
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.
The sheep are also currently lambing so there’s plenty of babies running around too.
Ewe Nique Hobby Farm are celebrating the Ekka long weekend with fairly floss, showbags and strawberry sundaes.
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!
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.
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 long weekend?
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.
Ekka Strawberry Sundae pop-up
There will be an Ekka Strawberry Sundae pop-up at Orion Springfield Central over six days during the traditional Ekka period.
Get your hands on the traditional Ekka sundae with proceeds going to help fund medical research over August 7-9 from 11am-3pm and August 14-16 from 11am-3pm.
The stall will be located at the Orion Hotel on 1 Main St, Orion Springfield Central.
Dagwood dogs and fairy floss milkshakes!
The Retro Diner will be serving a special Ekka menu for the long weekend over August 14-16. There’s pluto pups (dagwood dogs) with fries, mac ‘n’ cheese wraps, all day breakfast with banana and strawberry smash, French toast, crepes and more!
There’s also a crispy fisho burger, southern belle burger (shredded pork, crispy bacon and battered onion rings), the carolina (chicken schnitzel, crispy bacon, blue cheese sauce) and a sliders with BBQ Bourbon chicken, shredded pork and apple and vege patty.
Ekka loaded fries are also on the menu, fries loaded with crispy bacon, sweet chilli sauce and sour cream.
There will also be fairy floss, churros with Hershey sauce and strawberry field waffles!
Don’t miss the Ekka share platter, with a trio of sliders, four spicy chicken wings, mac ‘n’ cheese bites, crumbed fish strips with fresh coleslaw and sweet potato fries!
And look for the special shakes, Tim Tam, Cherry Ripe, Cookies and Cream, the PBB – peanut butter, banana and maple bacon and the Blue Heaven Unicorn comes topped with fairy floss!
Strawberry Sundae at Raw Energy
Raw Energy Springfield are offering a real fruit smoothie milkshake topped with chopped strawberries, ice-cream and whipped cream as an Ekka special from Monday August 10 to Sunday August 16.
Take a 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.
Make the fun last longer…
Book an overnight stay with Quest Ipswich and enjoy a complimentary upgrade, early check in and late check out upon availability.
Spicers Hidden Vale are inviting you to take a Midweekend! There’s something special about a sleep in… a late breakfast… an afternoon nap on the couch. And it’s even better when you’re supposed to be at work. So don’t set your alarm, ignore that text from the boss and relax. The weekend starts on Wednesday with the Spicers Midweekend.
Quest Springfield are offering a 20% discount with a two night weekend stay.
Springfield Lakes Hotel are offering a reduced rate of $199 per night, locals can take another $15 off when booking direct.
Head to the Oaks Ipswich Aspire Suites website to view their special rates.
Looking for more fun things to do with the kids? Check out The Workshops Rail Museum and the new interactive Sciencentre.