January 26: Market day starts early at Orion

Springfield Markets

The markets are on for Australia Day, so hop on down to Robelle Domain Parklands at Springfield. These markets usually start at 3pm, so they’re kicking off an hour early today.

WHEN: 2pm-8pm

WHERE: Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield Central

COST: Free entry

Australia Day Free Tribute Show

The Prime Ministers of Australia are slated to perform two hours of Aussie classics, featuring tribute band Whole Lotta ACDC. Things keep rolling in the sports bar with 9 Lives from 9.30pm.

WHEN: Doors 6pm, show 6.30pm

WHERE: Brothers Leagues Club, Wildey St, Raceview

COST: Free entry

Family Funday at Racehorse Hotel

Beat the heat this Australia Day at the Racehorse. A dunk tank will be set up so bring a towel if someone in the family is a good shot because you will end up in the water. Lamington and pie eating competitions for adults and children are also planned. There will be Aussie themed specials.

WHEN: 11am-4pm

WHERE: Racehorse Hotel, 215 Brisbane Road, Booval

COST: Book a table on 3212 3222

Free entry to Ipswich City Council pools

If things are heating up this Australia Day, it’s fine to take the family to any Council-owned pool – free of charge. Pools are at Bundamba, Leichhardt, Goodna and Rosewood, and free entry time is between 10am-4pm. There will even be a lucky door prize to be won at each pool.

WHEN: 10am-4pm

WHERE: Bundamba, Leichhardt, Goodna and Rosewood pools.

COST: Free entry

Flavours of Summer

Spicers Hidden Vale invites you to indulge in a truly unique food festival showcasing the delicious variety of food and beverages that summer in Queensland has to offer.

The inaugural Flavours of Summer Gourmet Festival celebrates fresh produce, suppliers and retailers from across the local region and offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in unique Australian activities.

Today’s events include:

  • All day: Home-made ice cream of the day
  • All day: The Perfect Party Co. lawn games
  • 6.30am-7.30am: Adventure Walk
  • 7am-11pm: Coffee tastings
  • 8am-5pm: Land Rover test drive
  • 10am: Sourdough masterclass
  • 3.30pm-5pm: Cheese and bubbles masterclass
  • 4pm-5pm: Cocktail making class
  • 5pm-5.30pm: Market garden tour
  • 5pm-6.30pm: Backyard cricket
  • 6pm-7pm: Aperol chacuterie hour by the pool
  • 7pm-9pm: Chef’s Aussie barbecue dinner around the barn
  • 9pm: Moonlight cinema – Australia

WHEN: January 8-28

WHERE: Spicers Hidden Vale, 617 Grandchester Mount Mort Rd, Grandchester

COST: Varies per event

Built for Speed

Design, build and race your Lego hot rod, dragster or supercar down rad ramps and slick tracks. Modify your ride for extra speed then re-race your turbocharged wheels for ultimate victory.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until February 18

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Nicholas St, Ipswich

COST: $5 per person or $15 for a family pass (admits up to five people. Must include at least one adult). Free for under 2s.

Movies in the Park: Moana

In ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right. Rated PG.

WHEN: 7pm

WHERE: Colleges Crossing, 408-492 Mt Crosby Road, Chuwar

COST: Free

Straya Day Pool Party at Orion Hotel

A live Australian rock tribute band, swimming pool with pool bar and a rock, paper, scissors comp with a $500 first prize. It’s all happening at Orion Hotel’s Straya Day Pool Party. Bikinis and boardies welcome.

WHEN: From 10am

WHERE: 1 Main Street, Springfield Central

COST: Varies

19th & 20th Century Works

View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery’s collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until October 14

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Nicholas St, Ipswich

COST: Free entry

Australia Day at CSI

Enjoy Matti Biskit in the afternoon and 2 Tones in the evening. There will also be Australia Day specials and games throughout the day.

WHEN: From 10am

WHERE: Club Services Ipswich, 5A Lowry Street, North Ipswich

COST: Free

Australia Day at Jets

Beer, BBQ and Band. Celebrate Australia Day at the Jets with local band “SUPER DEXTA”from 4pm. There will also be a BBQ with deals and drink deals

WHEN: From 10am

WHERE: Jets Leagues Club, 15 Downs Street, North Ipswich

COST: Free

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