It’s Holiday and Christmas Time! Here’s Some Things To Do In Ipswich These Holidays
It’s Christmas time and that can sometimes mean two things to Providence residents – the holidays are here and you’re looking for something to keep you and your family occupied.
Fortunately, there are several places to visit in Ipswich and even more things to do.
Ipswich Art Gallery
Visiting Ipswich’s premier visual arts and social history museum is a great way to keep the entire family entertained. Parents can immerse themselves in the culture and imagery of the exhibitions, while children can lose themselves in the gallery’s complimentary workshops and performances.
With a permanent interactive children’s space, the Ipswich Art Gallery provides an outlet for kids to learn with their hands as well as their minds. This summer, for example, the gallery feature ‘Construction Site’, a hands-on experience that allows kids to be their own architect and use giant foam blocks to construct a castle, skyscraper or the perfect cubby house. The whole family can also get involved and work together to build a whole city.
White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate
Feel like going hiking and experiencing nature? The White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate provides several walking tracks including a 6.5km return trip trail, suitable for all fitness levels.
With more than 2,500 hectares of bushland surrounding the estate, hikers of all ages can forget about the pressures of modern society and enjoy the scenic backdrop featuring extensive forested ridges, escarpments and valleys that are home to an amazing array of plant and wildlife species, including lizards and Wallabies.
Hidden Vale Adventure Park
For those who love to do everything on two wheels, Hidden Vale Adventure Park is the place to be. Operating out of the luxurious Spicers Hidden Vale, the park features a multi-use trail network for mountain bike riders that spans more than 100 plus kilometres, winding through a 12,000 acre Nature Refuge property. Runners and hikers are also welcome, but Hidden Vale Adventure Park has become a renowned playground for mountain bike riders who wish to see great bush scenery, kangaroos and even an abandoned light plane at high speeds.
The Workshops Rail Museum
Less than 30 minutes away from Providence is The Workshops Rail Museum which will keep train enthusiasts of all ages occupied for hours. As a winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism, the museum features more than 15 exhibits that show in detail how rail has impacted our lives over the years. Exhibits include fully restored carriages, the largest model railway of Queensland, the Vice-Regal carriage and Australia’s oldest working steam locomotive.
The Workshops Rail Museum is definitely not a ‘look but don’t touch’ destination. Visitors can get hands on with interactive exhibits, and while the adults are absorbing Queensland’s rich rail history, the kids can drive a train on the simulator or get hands on at the indoor playground Nippers Railway. The museum also provides wood workshops where kids can build wooden toy trains and carriages, and when it is time for lunch visitors can either pack a picnic or buy food from the onsite café.
The amenities at Robelle Domain void all reasons for Ipswich residents to travel far to visit an amazing water park.
Robelle Domain spans 24 hectares and is only 10 minutes from Providence. The highlights include water cascades, waterfalls, jet sprays and a 7,000 litre tipping water bucket so families can escape the heat. Located beside Robelle Domain is the recently opened Orion Lagoon which covers a total area of over 3.5km, making it one of the largest man-made public swimming areas in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s lifeguard-protected swimming area is 1.5 metres which means it’s perfect for all ages to spend summertime properly.
Robelle Domain, however, is more than just a water park. It includes incredible parklands that feature boardwalks, sporting fields, walking tracks and playgrounds. There are also shaded picnic spots, art features, tree top walks and plenty of other natural attractions to make the perfect full-day destination.