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June 12, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Carrot beer now available in a can

Ipswich’s only commercial beer brewers 4 Hearts Brewing Company, will launch a new product line on June 8.  Previously 4 Hearts sold their in-house brews on tap at the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery venue and in bottles but this new venture will see the product sold in cans in local venues in Toowoomba, Woodlands of Marburg and at the new iPlay at Riverlink.  The cans will also be available to buy over the counter at the Pumpyard as singles, in four packs and by the carton.

For the first time carrot beer will be available in cans.  Wabbit Saison is a seasonal brew that head brewer Ken Friend makes every year using 60kg of Kalfresh carrots.  The carrots make 25% of all ingredients.  For a limited time the carrot beer will be sold in cans at the Pumpyard only.  The carrot beer has dry earthy characters with slight undertones of carrot.

Contact 4Hearts Brewing General Manager Carly Lindholm for more information on 0433 412 956.

The carrot beer will also be available to try and buy on Saturday July 6 at the Winter Harvest Festival during Scenic Rim Eat Local Week – for more information contact Alice Gorman 0407 636 429 or email

New Koala Safari

The Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre in currently conducting a 12-month koala research program.   Currently operating on a Tuesday and Friday departing at 2.30pm you will join a team of researchers on their weekly monitoring activities.  They are tracking 26 koalas and expect to see joeys soon.  The safari starts with a tour of the wildlife centre before moving to the first koala hot spot.  Then you will assist the researchers in locating and checking the welfare of the koala community.

Start your weekend with lunch at Homage before joining the tour.  After your two hour expedition a cold drink will be waiint for you by the campfire.  Cost is $75 per person with 75% of the cost going towards the wildlife centre’s research projects.

Koala Safari

Contact: Claire Sinclair, Spicers Hiddenvale General Manager on 0403 514 939.

Mega park will be ready this month

With inbuilt trampolines, an inclusive merry-go-round, custom parkour inspired obstacle course, and swings – all surrounding a mammoth three-story climbing tower and giant slide – kids of all ages will be bouncing, swinging and climbing to their hearts content on the new Orion Springfield Central Playground which is due to open in June.

$1.5 million theme-park inspired playground set to open in June

Contact Orion Springfield Central Marketing Manager Lauren Roche on 3859 5908

Costco is now open and people are buying up big.

Costco opened in Ipswich last month and the car park has been full ever since.

Costco Australia managing director Patrick Noone said he expected about 10 per cent of customers who previously shopped at North Lakes would now choose to shop at the Ipswich warehouse.  “We looked at where people drive from to get to North Lakes and there are a lot of members in Gold Coast and in the Ipswich area,” he said.  “I think when you look at the whole map there are about 20,000 members who will come down here to shop at Ipswich, which is great for them because it’s closer.  Costco Ipswich is at 1 Wood Street, Bundamba.

Costco devotees head to Ipswich store opening

Contact: Casey Lang T: 02 9469 7999 E:

New Arthur Boyd exhibition has opened at the Ipswich Art Gallery

The Ipswich Art Gallery is excited to be the only South-East Queensland venueto present this significant exhibition. Landscape of the Soul is Bundanon Trust’s new three-year nationally touring exhibition exploring a lifetime of landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd. Curated by renowned expert Barry Pearce, former Head Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW, the exhibition is drawn principally from Bundanon Trust’s own collection of the artist’s work.

Amongst the 60 paintings featured are a several masterpieces borrowed from the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria and other state galleries. Also included are 20 works on paper, letters, photographs and sketchbooks spanning almost half a century and featuring works from Arthur Boyd’s adolescence through to his final years.

Contact: Sharon Marsh, Operations Manager, Ipswich Art Gallery and Sarah Smith, Head of Marketing and Communications, Bundanon Trust E:

Tenpin Bowling makes a comeback

The unmistakable sound of bowling pins crashing and rattling is back in Ipswich with the opening of iPlay family entertainment centre at Riverlink.

Tenpin bowling has been at the top of the wishlist for many residents since lanes at Bundamba closed after they were flooded in 2011.  The Riverlink centre is iPlay’s 14th in Australia and as well as eight full-length bowling lanes, it includes 40 arcade machines – some new, some retro – and a bar.  The centre has teamed up with nearby burger joint Ruby Chews when it comes to food and has craft beer from Ipswich’s premiere brewery, 4 Hearts Brewing, available at the bar.

Tenpin bowling makes its comeback in Ipswich

Contact Ipswich Manager Sean Ryan on 0405 697 874

Three tourism giants join forces

Pterodactyl Helicopters, The Soul Nook Collective and Woodlands of Marburg have joined forces to offer gourmet picnic packages at the 130-year-old mansion arriving by private air travel.

All of these tourism businesses are amazing destinations in their own right, but combined have created an extraordinary experience.

Three tourism giants join forces

Contact: David Ritchie from Woodlands of Marburg on 5464 4777, Taryn Ryan from The Soul Nook Collective on 0409 543 512 and Captain Mike from Pterodactyl Helicopters on 32010005.

Winternationals are back

Get your thrills over June 6-9 when the Winternationals take place at Willowbank Raceway.  The Winternationals are the biggest drag racing event outside of North America.

Australia’s biggest drag racing event, Winternationals in pictures

Contact Rob Oberg on 0417 756 565.

The Gathering Celtic Festival

The Gathering Celtic Festival brings the wider community together in celebration of Celtic music, culture and performance on June 23.  In the spirit of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, against the historic backdrop of Ipswich, visitors will witness the colour and spectacle of the Queensland Pipe Band Championships, featuring 250 of Australia’s pipe band competitors.

A Highland dancing competition, Celtic music, lost arts and a medieval re-enactment will also feature at this annual Highland gathering of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, Cornish Celtic cultures.

Visitors can also sample Haggis, learn how to play the bagpipes and even participate in the strong man style Highland games, featuring the caber toss, kilted dash and tug-of-war.

Bring the whole clan along and discover Celtic heritage and historic Ipswich at The Gathering at Ipswich Turf Club.

The Gathering

Contact Nick Tomkins on 0429 362 142.

New business profile – Oikos Café

Ipswich cafe Beans & Greens has been refreshed, renamed and refocused under the stewardship of new owners – with a healthy can be tasty motto.

Brett and Christie Briggs have purchased the business at 61 Limestone Street.  Simple, clean, seasonal food is now the order of the day.

Oikos uses mostly locally sourced produce and Kai coffee beans from the Sunshine Coast.  Kai Coffee has a mission to help fight poverty and social injustice – last week they fed 2556 kids in Uganda.

The café is also hosting secret shows and opening up for dinner on the first Saturday of each month.

“It’s a seasonal menu so you won’t always get the same berries on top of your fruit explosion but where possible they will be local,” Brett said.

“At the moment, for example, the avocado we are using for our smashed avo comes from Mt Tamborine and they are just massive so people can expect good food and coffee.”

On the menu is Turmeric lattes, kombucha, Kama cola and cold pressed juices.  You’ll find Acai bowls, clean and dirty nacho bowls, as well as tasty grills like the Masala toastie, pulled pork and fruit explosion toasties.

New owners brew up fresh focus for Limestone Street cafe

Contact Brett on 0466 985 705

New business profile – Cute to Boot

The business started online after owner Toni Cochran discovered a gap in the availability of good quality baby footwear on the Australian market.  The business specialises in baby, toddler and children’s shoes and accessories.  Hard to find and international brands are stocked at Cute to Boot in the Top of Town on Brisbane St.

Featured brand include Jack and Lily Rileyroos, Livie and Luca, Tip Toey Joey, Australian Ugg Boots and their own Cute to Boot shoes.

Contact: Toni on 0407 145 808,

What’s on in June

There’s a huge line up of event happing in Ipswich this June including art and cultural shows, Ipswich Cup and heritage train rides, to find out more see:

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