What’s on and what’s open over Easter?
As well as the many hiking and mountain biking destinations Ipswich is known for, and the attractions around the heritage city itself waiting to be explored, there’s a range of special events happening around the region over Easter. Here are just a few of them – and where to find the coffee.
Queens Baton Relay celebrations
The Queen’s baton has made it all the way from the Queen to Ipswich, Queensland. After the actual relay has passed through town today the celebrations continue at a community event in Limestone Park until 7:30pm. Come and join the fun as the baton continues its journey to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Full details here.
New markets Thurs and Saturday nights
Get your food groove on when the hugely anticipated night event, Urbane Markets, kicks off in the grounds of Swifts Bowls Club, Booval on Thursday night (March 29). It runs again on Saturday night. After this weekend the market runs every Friday and Saturday night with food trucks and stalls, live entertainment and children’s activities.
Experience some motorsport magic
Rev up your instagram feed with some motorsport action at Santo’s Super Thunder at Willowbank Raceway. This is an adrenalin-charged day out for the whole family with lots of different events on the program. Kids under 13 get in free! For a taste of what you’ll see, check out photographer Dave Reid’s amazing images.
Pack the picnic basket
We’ve rounded up seven of the best spots for a picnic around the Ipswich region and put them all in one handy list for you.
Where to get coffee or a brew and a bite
Did someone say pork knuckle, bratwurst, sauerkraut and German beer? Heisenberg Haus can tick all of these tasty morsels off your wish list. Come and see why the crowds flock here for good times. Open from noon til late Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
He’s just opened a new outlet in Europe (there’s a scoop for you!) but you don’t have to get on a flight. Just come to Ben Ungermann’s hometown flagship icecream parlour here in Ipswich for the Masterchef star’s amazing array of ice cream flavours. Best of all they’re open every day over Easter. From 11am til 9pm Good Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday and 11am-9pm Easter Monday.
Kiwis are in luck this month at Ipswich’s award-winning craft beer bar, Tap’d at the Prince Alfred. The bar claims the biggest line-up of beers and ciders on tap in the South Hemisphere. With 72 at last count – and around 30 of them are New Zealand brews this month. Tap’d is open from 11am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
For coffee, some Ipswich favourites will be closed for some or all of Easter – check with individual businesses for hours. Or head straight to Ellen and Rod on the corner of Ellenborough and Roderick Sts (see what they did there?) or Coffee Anda on the corner of West and Darling Sts. Both of which are open for the whole weekend – including Friday and Monday.
Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant on Brisbane st will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Many of the Top of Town precinct’s specialty shops will be open for at least Saturday.