What’s new at the IVIC?
It’s often the first port of call for visitors to Ipswich but with free wi-fi, coffee and a well-stocked gift shop, even the locals are popping in these days for a look at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre.
Here’s what you can expect if you pay the friendly crew a visit to the ‘IVIC’.
The shop is regularly re-stocked with locally made artisan items, produce, soft toys and a bright array of Ipswich souvenirs for all ages.
“The IVIC supports local artists and crafters, so if you have something unique that captures the quintessential essence of our beautiful region – come and see us!” visitor experience team leader Vanida Petts said.
More than 30 volunteers help out at the centre – with a mighty 950 years’ experience between them of living and working locally.
They can steer you in the right direction of the best hiking and mountain biking trails, the best playgrounds and picnic spots, accommodation, and where to find coffee or a coldie around town.
A further 20 new volunteer ambassadors are helping out at events, shows and tours for the Discover Ipswich tourism team.
“It’s about ensuring visitors to the region get the most out of the time while they are here and have the chance to learn about other things they can do and see,” Ms Petts said.
You’ll also be able to access tour and accommodation booking services, free maps and brochures, bathroom facilities with shower, and free parking with spaces for caravans and buses.
The IVIC is open seven days: 9am-5pm weekdays and 9am-4pm weekends and public holidays. (Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.)
The centre is also an agent for Ticketek and Ticket Master – you might have seen the queues when big names have announced tours in Australia. (Note: Last ticket sales are 15 minutes prior to the centre closing times.)