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More Than 20 Things to Check Out in Ipswich These School Holidays

September 26, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

First Ipswich Eco-Hunt

Simply taking pictures of insects, animals and plants could win you a fantastic prize in Ipswich City Council’s inaugural Ipswich Eco-Hunt.

Just download the QuestaGame app on your smartphone, visit White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate, walk along the trails and snap as many pictures as you can of different birds, insects, animals and plants.

The prizes up for grabs in the Ipswich Eco-Hunt include two nights at Montville Country Cabins, Spicers Hidden Vale experiences, vouchers to outdoor supply retailers and handy field resources such as binoculars and local guidebooks.

The Eco-Hunt challenge is a great way to celebrate National Biodiversity Month, the data will add to the CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia.

Ipswich is home to more than 2,000 recorded species of native plants and animals, including a number of rare and threatened species.

Ipswich Eco-Hunt is open from 9 September to 7 October.

Players will be required to stay on the trails while exploring White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate.

Download QuestaGame from your app store. For more information see

Event Details: September 9 – October 7 from 6am – 6pm at White Rock- Spring Mountain Conservation Estate – School Rd, Redbank Plains.

Wildlife rangers at the Workshops

See mammals, marsupials, reptiles and more at the museum these school holidays (September 21- October 7).  Get up close and personal to some of the Australia’s favourite animals and learn about their day to day lives.

Live show at 11am, close-up experience at 11.30am.

Learn about the animals below with a variety visiting the Museum each day of the program:
• Magnificent Tree Frog
• Blue Tongue Skink
• Bearded Dragon, Frill Necked Dragon or Shingle Back Skink
• Crocodile
• Eastern Long Neck Turtle
• Pythons
• Tawny Frogmouth, Cockatoo or Curlew
• Ringtail Possum or Squirrel Glider
• And more

Miniature train rides will also be held from September 21- October 7 from 10am-3pm costs $3 per ride or four for $10.

The Workshops Rail Museum

Animal Encounters

Discover what goes into caring for local wildlife, meet and feed the barnyard animals, pet a reptile and learn about bilby conservation.  Wednesday and Fridays during school holidays at 9am and 11am.

The Ipswich Nature Centre is open to the public seven days a week during school holidays from 9.30am.

Animal Encounters @ Ipswich Nature Centre

Feed the camels

Visit Australia’s largest wild camel training centre and dairy.  Meet the camels and feed them, book a camel ride or a farm tour for a behind the scenes look.  Onsite café and camel milk products available including cheese and gelato and their range of all natural skin care.

Summer Land Camel Farm

A Ewe Nique experience

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm will be open every day during the September school holidays, with a Shearing Day being held on Sunday September 29.

During the holidays come pat and feed the friendly animals: sheep, lambs, alpacas, goats, geese and chickens and enjoy the rural setting. They will also have some small fluffy lil’ animal visitors during the holidays.  Due to the warmer weather, the farm will open from 8am to noon.  The coffee cart will be available selling an extensive range of hot and cold drinks and homemade morning tea items.  Children will get to take home complimentary seedlings, costs $5 per person, animal feed buckets $3 each or 4 for $10.

A special line up will be held for the annual shearing day which will be split up into two sessions,  session 1: 8.30am to 10am and session 2: 10.30am to noon.  Shane Bird, a Queensland shearer from Kingaroy with over 20 years’ experience, will demonstrate how the sheep and alpacas are freed from their winter woollies.  On the day you can also meet, pat and feed the friendly animals, see sheep and alpaca shearing, touch and feel the sheep and alpaca fleece.  The coffee cart will be available as well as a sausage sizzle.

Haigslea EWE Nique Hobby Farm

Little Llama Farmers Experience

A Little Llama Farmers experience will be held on Tuesday October 1 as a bonus holiday activity.  Regular farm tours and llama walks are on offer by appointment and extra hours will be available over the school holidays.  Call 0403 284 665 to book.

Million dollar playground

The million dollar kids playground at Orion Springfield Central has opened on time for the school holidays from September 21.

$1.5 million theme-park inspired playground opens

Kids Yoga Class

A free kids yoga class will be held on September 25.

Two sessions 9am and 10am, runs for about 30 minutes.

Bush Mechanics

An exhibition based on the popular ABC television series Bush Mechanics has opened at The Workshops Railway Museum.  The exhibition features a range of items from the series, including two original cars, clay figurines, specially commissioned artwork and interactive displays, it also provides broader insights into Aboriginal life and culture.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see original footage from the series and try their hand at some of the ingenious and resourceful nyurulypa, or tricks, by assembling the discarded parts that make up the exhibition’s ‘bush driving simulator’ and operating it.

Admission included with museum entry, runs all school holidays and into Feb 2020.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Enjoy a guided tour of Nerima Gardens before a traditional cultural activity involving ceremonial preparation of matcha (powdered green tea) in the tea house.  Participate in the ceremony or observe.  Light refreshments on conclusion.  Suitable for school aged children. September 28.

Japanese Tea Ceremony @ Nerima Gardens

Cookie decorating

The Retro Diner will be holding cookie decorating on the Monday and Tuesdays during the school holidays from 9am-10.30am.  And make your own tacos from 11-12.30pm bookings include a drink – $8.

The Retro Diner

Kids eat free at Memories of India

During the two weeks of school holidays kids free eat free for lunch and dinner at Memories of India with the purchase of an adult meal.  Dine in only.  Kids up to age 12.  Meals include a Mango Lassi.

Special kids menu:

  1. butter chicken with rice
  2. Vegetable korma with rice
  3. Butter paneer with rice
  4. Chicken nuggets and chips
  5. Fish and chips
  6. Your Choice of naan platter
  7. Paneer methi malai with rice

Memories of India

High tea

Enjoy a delectable high tea experience at The Cottage Restaurant every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday over the holidays, from 10am-1pm.  Available for both parents and kids with a minimum of two.  On the menu is chicken and mayo, ham, cheese and tomato, egg and cress sandwiches.

As well as scones with jam and cream, macaroons, mini lemon meringues, chocolate brownies and jelly cups.  Bookings are essential.

The Cottage Restaurant

Grilld Masterclass

Enjoy an out of this world burger experience these school holidays!

Learn to make healthy burgers and eat them too at Grill’d Springfield’s Kids Masterclasses. The team will teach your little ones the tricks of the trade and show them how to make their famous burgers from the bun up!

In a 45 minute class we’ll turn your master-eater into a master maker! Their ticket includes a burger, chips, drink and a take-home gift! Runs September 23 – October 2 from 10am – 10:45am

Cost is $12, bookings available online.

Gelatissimo Jungle Sundae Decorating

Gelatissimo Orion are holding Kids Sundae Decorating workshops, decorate your very own sundae! Create a delicious masterpiece using an array of toppings and your favourite gelato flavours… then share and eat your masterpiece.

Runs from 23 Sep – 4 Oct (weekdays) at 11:30am and 2:30pm for one hour.

Cost: $8 ticket. Bookings Available Online.

Bakers Delight Finger Bun Decorating

Get creative and decorate a finger bun before enjoying your creation.

Runs from 23 Sep – 4 Oct (weekdays) at 11:30am and 2:30pm for one hour.

Cost: $8 ticket. Bookings Available Online.

Dora Activation Zone

A free Dora Explorer Activation Zone will run from Saturday September 21 – Sunday October 6 from 10am to 2pm at Orion Springfield Central.  Kids can get busy with backpack decorating, bug catching and dig for gold.

Dora the Explorer Movie Child Minding

Jungle fever will hit Orion these school holidays, part of the fun will be a Dora the Explorer Child Minding movie session.  Enjoy some child-free time while they look after your kids at a Child Minding Movie Session with qualified carers from Westside Community Care.   Only $5 per child for a screening of the new release, Dora the Explorer.

Registration opens 6pm, movie screening starts at 6:30pm, movie ends 8pm.  One ticket per child required. Children must be primary school age or older.  Parents must remain on site at Orion Springfield Central and must provide a contact number.

Held on Thursday September 26 at 6pm – 8:15pm

Cost: $5 ticket. Bookings Available Online.

Coffee Club Kids Painting Class

Keep the kids occupied with a painting class at the Coffee Club.

Runs September 24 and Oct 1.

Cost is $22. Online booking required – payment made in-store.—september

Angry Birds 2 Craft Village

You’ll love the themed craft village where you’ll be given your very own Angry Birds Paddle Bat & Ball to decorate and then master the skills of co-ordination. Plus, you’ll have the chance for a special meet & greet with Red!

October 1 – October 5.

Angry Birds 2 Craft Village

Dora’s Dance Party

Come along to Dora the Explorer’s new stage show, Dora’s Dance Party! Play along and learn with Dora as she embarks on a new dance filled adventure. Dora will have audiences marching like ants, wiggling like spiders and slithering like snakes in this highly interactive live show. After your special meet and greet with Dora you’ll have the chance to decorate your very own Paper Mache Treasure Chest.

September 24 – September 28

Dora’s Dance Party

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