This Ipswich school holiday activity is a real gem

A treasure hunt of epic proportions is under way in Ipswich.

It is taking place in perhaps one of the most unlikely locations – d’Arcy Doyle Place.

The community square outside Ipswich Art Gallery has been transformed into a giant sand pit, with 20 cubic metres of sand and thousands of ‘gems’, ‘jewels’ and special things brought in.

It is part of the gallery’s school holiday activities and is suitable for treasure hunters aged three to eight, 10am to 4pm weekdays and Saturdays until 14 July. A toddler area with safe and stimulating activities has been set upĀ for children under three.

Treasure hunters can begin by creating their own treasure bag before hitting the sand pit to dig for buried gems.

Arts and Community Development spokesperson Cr Kylie Stoneman said it was most exciting that treasure hunters could keep what they discover.

“This playful experience is the perfect way to learn about fossicking and geology while having fun,” Cr Stoneman said.

“Ipswich Art Gallery last hosted Treasure Hunt in 2015 and it drew more than 17,000 visitors to Ipswich Central in a few weeks.

“We expect it will be just as popular with families from Ipswich and beyond this time around.

“Ipswich Art Gallery is renowned for its exciting and educational exhibitions, and I encourage parents to bring their children along for a great day out. They won’t be disappointed.”

Treasure Hunt is $5 per child unless under three years old. Bookings are not required, pay at the information desk on the day.

Ipswich Art Gallery also has several other exhibitions on offer including Wind TubesĀ which allows children to design and build their own flying creation.

Wind Tubes runs until September, is free and open 10am-5pm daily. It is suitable for all ages.

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