Ideas to keep holiday boredom at bay

There’s plenty to see, do and find around Ipswich these school holidays – catch a free show, check out some incredible native animals, delve into a huge pile of Lego or try your hand in the kitchen. Here are a few suggestions put together by our friends at Discover Ipswich to get you started.

Be dazzled by light


Check out the interactive exhibition at Ipswich Art Gallery these 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 2019. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family pass. 

Visit 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 restore steam locomotives and heritage rail experiences recreated to the largest model railway of the Queensland Rail network, and a toddler play zone.

Spot a quoll or a wombat

A range of native animals can be spied at Ipswich Nature 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). Admission 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 cafe too.

Take the ultimate family adventure

Give the kids a school holidays memory they won’t soon forget. Let Floating Images whisk you away on a trip your family will remember. Passengers enjoy glorious views while floating over the heritage city of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside.

Find the perfect picnic spot

Pack a picnic, grab a rug, leave the screens at home and try somewhere new. For some inspiration, read: Top Seven Places for a Picnic In Ipswich.

Discover new places to play

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 a farm

Haigslea EWE Nique Hobby Farm with its band of beautiful animals – including cheeky goats, alpacas and sheep you can hand feed, is a perfect day out. 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.

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